Work permit for foreing engineers in Turkey

08.01.2017 Please be aware: Please be informed  that foreigner who has a diploma in Engineering should first of all approve their diploma at the Council of Higher Education and register workers at the related Chamber of Engineers. For example such job position as sale engineer, food engineer software egigineer, civil engineer and mechanical engineer. All these titles should have an equivalent diplomas approved by the Council of Higher Education. In the same way, this rule also applies to Foreign Architects and City Planners.

ExpatGuideTurkey can provide you with a unique service. Compare with other work permit applicaitons, the work permit for foreign engineers and architects is a little bit different procedure and  takes more time to be approved.

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The Artice 21 of Law no. 6735  of new International Labour Force has set out the guidelines for the work permits for engineers and architects.

İt is foreseen that foreign engineers and architects are able to do activities on project basis or for temporary periods in Turkey in case if the applicant has graduated from Engineering and Architecture faculties in higher education institutions in Turkey or abroad where their diplomas will be recognized by the Council of Higher Education.

ARTICLE 21 – (1) Foreigners who are granted the titles engineer or architect by completing their education in engineering or architecture faculties in a higher education institution in Turkey or a higher education institution abroad which are recognized by the authorities of the relevant country and the Council of Higher Education, are able to carry out engineering and architecture activities on project basis or for temporary periods by taking work permit.


The authority which issue work permit for foreigners is Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Foreign engineers, architects and city planners should have ‘Diploma Equivalency Certificate’ from the Higher Education Council in order to get a work permit.

Applicant should receive a report that he / she is allowed to do Engineering job in his/her home country and doesn’t have any penalty. This document should be gotten from the Chamber of Engineers or related institutions of applicant’s homecountry. Later this document should be appostilled at the Administrative unit of the applicant’s own province. Once the application form will be on process, the abovementioned document should be submitted to the Ministry of Labour with other required documents.

Applicant’s documents should be approved by the Turkish representative in its homecountry and afterwards send to Turkey. İf there will not be any missing document, the work permit application will be approved within 30 working days. In case if there will be any missing documents, the applicant will be informed by the officer of Ministry of Labour and Social Secuirty. Missing documents should be submitted within  30 days to the Ministry of Labour.

In order to get a work permit for one foreign engineer, local company should already employ 5 Turkish citizens within its workplace. Besides, the salary of  foreign engineer must be indicated as at least  4 times of minimum wage in Turkey. Applicant’s original diploma should also be submitted to the Ministry of Labour.

The abovementioned criterias are not applied for Syrian engineers who has a Turquoise card.


  • If I come to Turkey with tourist visa and somehow able to get a job there, Can my tourist visa will be converted easily with my employer`s consent. Further do I need to come back to my parent country during this transfer to Visa?
    Thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Thank you for your comment.

      Work permit can not be obtained basing on tourist visa. Employer can apply for work permit in Turkey if foreign employee has residence permit with total validity of at least 6 months. So if you would be able to find job before your visa expires, it is much shorter process to go back to your country and make work permit application from abroad with no need to obtain residence permit. But if you fulfill requirements to obtain residence permit and enough budget to stay in Turkey until you receive residence permit and convert it to work permit, it is also possible. Our company provides services including obtaining residence permit and work permit, if you want, we can assist you throughout the application process.

      Best Regards

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    ı am syrian, an electrical engineer, i have graduated from syria.
    how i can find a job in my section and what to do in my diploma ?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey


      We are not job agency so we can not provide you with any job offers but there is a lot of websites on which you can find job in your field and when you do, your employer must apply for your work permit in Turkey. Translation of your diploma would be helpful why applying for a job and required for work permit application.

      Thank you and have a good day

  • dr.afsar

    i am dentist.
    i would like to work in turkey as a dentist
    plz guide me

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Thank you for your comments.

      Unfortunately, dentistry is on the list of occupations which can not be performed by foreigners in Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  • mustafa bhat

    dear sir
    I would like to state that I have done post graduation in economics with statistics and have worked with various departments with 6 years experience in nfield operations division economics and statistics ,planning and development monitoring now I am interested work in turkey .So please tell me what is the procedure
    Mustafa bhat

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mustafa,

      thank you for your comment.

      In order to be able to work legally in Turkey, you need a work permit.
      To get it you should find a job and after with the employer get a work permit. Please read the detailed information on our website.
      If you decide to get a job permission, our company will be happy to assist you with the process you.

      Kind regards

  • Abdul Khalique Shaikh

    Sir, i am civil engineer , having about 20 years experience and intrested to work in turkey. how can i apply for suitable job as civil engineer.

  • Noor

    If someone have property in Turkey and also family settled since 5 years in Turkey on property base Permanente residence, That person also need work permit to get job in Turkey.


    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Noor,

      If this is a question, yes every foreign Citizens willing to work in Turkey need to obtain a Work Permit in order to work legally in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • ExpatGuideTurkey

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    In order to apply for a work permit from inside of Turkey or outside of Turkey you need to first find an employer. A work can only valid if a Turkish employer is present during the application.
    Our consultancy fee depend according to the job the foreign citizen will do, thus we cannot give you a quotation for this.
    The residency permit application can be done without any problem if you enter the Turkish territory legally with a Visa. For further information concerning our fee please contact us by mail.

    Best Regards,
    ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  • Kwasi Boakye

    Please how much will cost me for a work and resident permit for me to work in turkey.i am currently working in the uae and am a ceetified automobile engineer in the uae. Thanks and hope to hear from u soon

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