WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Applications for work permit are made through e-Government portal of Turkey (www.turkiye.gov.tr). The automated work permit application system enables the users to fill the online work permit application form and upload necessary documents into the system. Once online application is made through the e-government portal, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry by mail or in person.  Duly applications are finalized by the Ministry at most thirty days and once the decision is made, the ministry informs the applicant through e-mail. Foreigners residing outside the Turkey can make their work permit applications through the Turkish representative offices in their home countries. In the existence of residence permit valid for at least 6 months, foreigners residing in Turkey can make their applications directly to Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

1.   FOREIGNERS RESIDING OUTSIDE OF TURKEY

Foreigners residing outside the Turkey are subject to apply for work permit from the representative offices of Turkey in their own countries. Pursuance to work permit application of foreigner, within 10 working days the employer should process both online and direct applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey. Once the approval from the Ministry is granted, foreigners are required to apply for work visa to the Turkish representative office within 90 days.
As per new rules on residence permits, valid working permissions will be now used as residence permits as well. Thus work permit validity requirement of residence permit application within 30 days upon obtaining the work permit (for consulate applications 30 days was starting upon arrival of work permit holders) will be outlawed.  On the other hand the same as work permits, “Work Permit Exemption Certificates” will also be used as residence permits.

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2.   FOREIGNERS RESIDING INSIDE TURKEY

Foreigners with residence permit valid for at least 6 months may make their applications to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security internally. Internal applications are made by the employer directly to the Ministry. Once the online application is submitted, the employer is required to make direct application to the Ministry within 6 working days.

3.   WORK PERMIT EXTENSION APPLICATIONS

Extension application of the work permit period is made to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. As Internal applications, after submitting online applications, direct application to ministry should be made within 6 working days. The application for extension should be filed within 2 months before or 15 days after the expiry date of the work permit.  After 15 days period, the applicant no longer may request for extension and the application is regarded as initial application.

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46 Responses

  1. Salam. Im a student and i want study visa of Turkey. Im from Pakistan how can i apply and what will b the total expense.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Raja,

      In order to get a quotation please contact us by mail or phone.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  2. I have left turkey last june 2017 and the school I was working with has cancelled my work permit. Now I am planning to come back and apply for schools. what is the procedure to get a new work permit?
    Thank you in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Ilhame,

      In order to apply for a Work Permit domestically, you have to first own a Residency Permit. If you wish an abroad application for the Work Permit can be done. In the latter case, you will not be required a Residency Permit.

      Lastly the most important thing to get in order to own a Work Permit, is to find an employer wishing to employ you legally.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  3. Merhaba,

    My company has applied for the renewal of work permit on 29th of June and i am now waiting. Is there any way to check the status of my application? I am calling 170 but those guys don’t speak English and always put me on hold even i waited sometime for more than an hour 😀

    thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Muhammad,

      Every application made at the Ministry of Labor should be followed up. In order to get information you should call the Ministry of Labor ( (0312) 296 60 00 ) However most of the experts do not speak english.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  4. Hello. I would like to ask if it would be a problem leaving Turkey on the 28th of August with a valid residence permit (expiries in 2018) while my current employer applied for work permit this month?
    Would I have problems re-entering Turkey with my residence card?
    Thank you in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      If you have a Valid Residency Permit you are allowed to exit and enter the Turkish territory without any problem. Since your Residency Permit is valid untill 2018 you can exit and enter the Turkish territory even if your Work Permit is expired.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  5. My residence permit was for 6 months.. i now have 3 months until expire. Can a school apply work permit for me?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Danielle,

      You cannot apply for a Work Permit if you own a Student Residency Permit. The only condition for this is for you to be in your last year of Master degree.

      Also you can change you Residency Permit type at the immigration Office.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  6. hi im vergene from philippines, i’ve been working here jn turkey for more 5 years with a valid work permit, but just last february my work permit has been cut off to transfer to my new employer, but until now my new employer did not process my work permit. what should i do to get a valid work permit again? thank you

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      In order to make a transfer application the cancellation and new employer application must be made simultaneously. If you cancelled your work Permit and did not applied for a new employer at the same time, your work permit get cancelled. You will have to get a new work permit if you already own a residency permit or make a work permit application from abroad.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  7. Hello,

    My student visa expired on the 20th of June 2016, so I applied for an extension so I could stay for my graduation ceremony in July. After a month I received my new permit which expires september 30th so in 2 months. However I have now gotten a job and need to apply for a work visa, how long does this take? what i understood from the above instructions are that 30 days after my employer gives in my documents the approval given can be taken as a legitimate permit of stay? secondly what are the costs and who incurs them the employee or employer? Lastly if i apply for a work visa mid september can i still stay i turkey past the 30th until i get an approval or i need to do this within the 2 months exactly?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately only Student in their last year of Master Degree are allowed to apply for a Work Permit. Every other student must first change their Student Residency Permit to a Short Term Residency Permit in order to be eligible for a Work Permit.

      Also the procedure for the Work Permit take around 45 days during the summer time.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team,

  8. Dear ExpatGuideTurkey team,

    I have been working with the same company in Turkey for 3 years and my work permit will be completing by this Aug 31st, 2017. The Company has already applied for renew my work permit since mid of July 2017. This renewal is for my fourth of working years in the same company. I have been told by my company that the renewal of working permit may be granted in September 2017 (including the new working permit card), we have less chance to get the approval and receive the new working permit card in August 2017 or this month.

    My questions:

    1. Can I leave Turkey on August 30th, 2017 while my work permit is still valid remaining for 2 days by showing my valid working
    permit card?

    2. I will be coming back to Turkey on September 4th, 2017 (my working permit is already expired 4 days),

    a. Can I enter to Turkey on September 4th, 2017 by showing the expired card of my work permit and the proof of renewal
    applications from Ministry of Labor? Or There is no way for me to leave Turkey while my work permit is on the application
    process?

    OR

    b. Can I enter to Turkey on September 4th, 2017 with only Visa on Arrival (my nationality is eligible to get visa on arrival)? Will it
    break the working permit applications which is on process?

    Thank you so much for your kind help.
    Best regards.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Yusuf,

      You can find the answer to your questions bellow :

      1. We strongly adivse our customer to not exit the Turkish territory once their Work permit is expired. This might be problematic at the customs.

      2.a. During the processing time of your work permit you have no legal Residency in Turkey. For this reason you might not be allowed to enter Turkey during this time.

      2.b. Getting a Visa will grant you the right to enter the Turkish territory, however as mentioned above we strongly not recommend to exit the Turkish territory while the new work permit is in the process time. It might interfer with the Work Permit application due to your exit of territory.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  9. I would like to ask, how much time approx it will take to renew the work permit?
    my company has applied for work permit extension on 1st of July, 2017. My current permit will end in mid of August.

    thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Muhammad,

      Due to the summer holidays the application process take longer during the summer. You should except 60 days for the lenght of the procedure.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  10. hi i am muthu
    my friend is working here from one and half years.last woek permit extention my company forget the date after the one month is it possible to apply work permitt extention again.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mutlu,

      You cannot apply for a Permit Extension once your work permit or residency Permit has expired. All the application for extension must be done before any of the permit get expired.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  11. I am changing employers in the near future. My understanding is that once my work permit from my former employer is cancelled my new employer has 10 days to apply for a new work permit (blue card) for me without me having to acquire a new seperate residence permit (red card). Is this correct? Thank you.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Greg,

      The 10 days following the expiration of the work permit is for the foreign citizen to exit Turkey not renewal or transfer application. These application MUST be done BEFORE the expiration of the work permit, otherwise the application will be rejected.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  12. sue

    I have been told the renewal of my work permit has not been successful, but my employers tell me they do not know why. How can I find out the reason for the refusal?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mrs Sue,

      The ministry of labor and social security will mostly send you a mail and e-mail related to the refusal. Sometimes the reason of the refusal can be not enough. In this case you should go physically to the ministry of labor and ask for more details for the refusal.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  13. Hello,

    I am in turkey on business visa (one month single entry), any possibility to get visa extension in Istanbul ?
    Also a word of advise on short term work permit will be great.

    Regards
    Kamal

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kamal,

      Please note that you cannot apply for a touristic short term residency permit on the basis of a business Visa.
      Also if you can find an employer in Turkey wishing to employ you we can apply directly for this position from your home country. You cannot apply for a work permit with only a Visa.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  14. I am Tayef. I am from Bangladesh. How i can workpermit visa.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Tayef,

      In order to apply for a Work Permit you first need to find an employer in Turkey. The Work Permit application can only be made if an employer is wishing to employ you in Turkey.
      If an employer is wishing to employ you, our company can make all the required application in order to get you a valid Work Permit.

      Also please note that our company does not provide Human Ressource Management Services, our company do not provide work.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey

  15. Hello,
    I have entered Turkey by a work visa, and the school I work for has informed the ministry of labor and social security about my arrival. In fact, the school has started to pay for my insurance. The question is if I should apply for a residence permit at a foreigner branch of a police station to get a work/residence permit card or the work permit woks both ways.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kevin,

      The Turkish Work Permit is also considered as a residency permit. In other word you don’t have to re-apply for a residency permit if you already have a work permit.

      Best Regars,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  16. Hi, I am Azerbaijan citizen, curently living in Baku and i would like to apply work permit in Turkey.
    By the way, there is a company in Turkey that is reqruiting me. So i need a help from where to start ?

    regards,

    Matin

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Our company can provide you with all the required consultancy service concerning your work permit application. In order to give you more accurte answer we will need you to contact us by mail. Also we will need some documents of the company in order to make the application. It would be also preferable for the company willing to recruit you to contact us.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatguideTurkey Team.

  17. Hi,im umar from pakistan i need work visa .how im apply work visa .am driver please help me.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Umar,

      Our company doesn’t give Human Ressource Management Services. However if a company in Turkey is wishing to employ you we can process your application for a work permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  18. Hi, i am a foreigner currently working out my document to be in turkey in 60 days time. Please, how do you link me up with a company to work for & to also assist me in getting my work permit, i have an experience in general electrical goods, and can also work in a hotel. Frank from Nigeria. Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Frank,

      Our services doesn’t include human Resource Management, such as research of vacancy.

      In case you are able to agree with an employer in Turkey we can help you in the process of obtaining a Work Permit. You also note that you will need a residency permit if you apply for a work permit from inside of turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  19. Hello
    I am in Turkey working with a company and Work permit is completing this 22 Jan 17. Company has already applied for renew work permit. I want go to my county 10 days before
    1) can get permit 10 days before ( 0n 12 01 2017) ??
    2) Can I go my country without Work permit card ?

    please reply

    • Dear Mr. Rakesh,

      You can leave the country while your work permit card is valid. Once it will be expired you should stay within Turkey as in case if you decide to leave the country after the expiration of your work permit, your staying here would be considered as overstaying, That is why I suggest you to wait untill your work permit extension application will be approved at the Ministry of Labour. Only after that you can leave the country and come back without any problems.

      Thanks,

  20. I was working but have just stopped. How can I now apply for a residence permit? What should I do? (I’m British.)

    • Good day Ms. Kristina,

      Thank you very much for your message.
      You have a right to apply for residence permit within 10 days once the work permit has been cancelled. Our company may asist you with the residence permit applicaiton. For further information, please contact us by phone 444 7 284 or send us an email on info@expatguideturkey.com

      Thank you and best wishes,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  21. Hello, I’ve received a job offer from a hospital in Turkey, they told me the work/residence visa will be processed by a travel agency. My question is: is this how it be processed? Not through a governmental office?
    Thank you

    • Dear Ms. Natalie,

      Thank you for your message.

      In order to work in Turkey legally, foreign employee should have a work permit. The work permit application should be done by the employer, not employee Our company may assist your employer to make a work permit application at the Ministry of Labour on behalf of the company’s name. Kindly ask them to contact us for further information.

      Kind regards,

      ExpatGuideTurkey team

  22. hi.i want to ask information regarding on how will my employer rebew my working permit..should she apply it 15 days before the expiry date or still can be apply 15 days after the expiry

    • Dear Sir,

      According to theNew Law on International Labour Force, the employer should apply for an extension prior 2 months and in any case before the expiration of the work permit. Extension applications submitted after the expiration date shall be rejected.

      Best regards,

  23. Hi, I’m a foreigner currently living in Turkey. I currently have a work permit but I want to change jobs. If the gap between my current work permit being cancelled and my new employer applying for a new work permit for me is only a day or two do I still need to get a residence permit first before they can apply? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  24. I am a Electrician.I want go to abroad.

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