Work Permit

Work permit Note; Foreigner cannot get a work permit by himself. First of all, it is necessary to find a job in Turkey. Later, an employer is able to apply and get a work permit for foreign employee.

Under contemporary globalization, inevitably labor markets have become increasingly integrated. In order to manage international labor mobility more effectively, especially in those emerging markets and developing countries, new labor migration policies have been established or the existing ones have been re-organized rapidly. At this point, achieving a right balance between the protection of local employment and the relaxation of barriers before high-skilled foreign labor has been the main concern of the state, which led to the introduction of effective tools in the management of international labor mobility.

2003 has been a remarkable year for Turkey to review its rules and principles dealing with the employment of foreign workers in Turkey. As one of the most popular destinations within the global labor market, Turkey has introduced and effectively has reformed a new system to control foreign labor immigration. In the purpose of centralization of work permits system under one code ‘Law no: 4817 on Work Permits of Foreigners’ was originally enacted on 27th February 2003, as the principal legislation in controlling entry of foreign nationals in the Turkish labor market. Subsequently the same year ‘Regulation on the Implementation of the Law on Work Permits for Foreigners’[1] has been introduced to set forth the rules and principles regarding the implementation of the Law on Work Permits of Foreigners. Furthermore, within the context of encouraging foreign direct investments, a new Foreign Direct Investment act was voted and became effective on 5th June 2003. Under the new FDI law, a special treatment is granted to the employment of expatriates with a separate regulation on the employment of expatriates under foreign direct investments. To encourage the employers to seek to employ high skilled foreign workers as well as to prevent informal foreign employment in Turkey, the past few years we have witnessed both systematical and procedural reforms in the Turkish legislation about the foreign labor immigration. Simplification of the eligibility conditions in work permit applications, adaptation of a new automated system for the work permit applications, a shortening in the period of the finalization of the work permit applications and a reduction in the procedural costs of applications might be considered main themes of the reform in the Turkish work permit system. There is no doubt that those further amendments have provided to the Turkish work permit system a more simplified, understandable and dynamic outlook.

The Law on Work Permits of Foreigners provides a legal framework about the employment of foreigners in Turkey by specifying  the rules and the principles to be applied at the procedures concerning work permits of foreigners. The law, in its relevant sections, specifies the types of work permits, outlines the exemptions and restrictions and formulates the rules about granting, extending, rejecting and canceling the working permissions.

 

The Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security is entitled as a competent authority in the work permit process of foreigners. However certain Ministries, Public Institutions and Organizations are also empowered to grant working permissions.  On the basis of their existing authorities arising from relevant Turkish legislation, Prime Ministry, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy , General Directorate of Free Zones and  Council of Higher Education have the competence to grant working permission for specific categories of professions.

As a general rule, individuals who have no citizenship bond with the Republic of Turkey, in order to either work dependently or independently, are obliged to have a valid working permission before they start to work.  Exceptionally, for the working periods no more than one month, in the state of necessity or for the sake of state benefits, by prior notification of relevant authorities and with the ministry approval, working permit may be given after starting to work.

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The rules and principles stipulated in the Law on Work Permits of Foreigners are applicable to the foreigners working dependently or independently in Turkey. Those foreigners who receive a job training and the natural and judicial persons that employ foreigners are included within the scope of Law No. 4817 as well. The term “foreigner” in general refers to a person who is not a Turkish citizen under the Turkish Citizenship Law.[1] However those Turkish citizens by birth who got permission to renounce citizenship from the Ministry of Interior are excluded from the scope of Law No. 4817. Moreover, press reporters who are subjected to Press Law, Members of Foreign Press Organs, foreigners who are exempted from working permission requirement in their employment in Turkey due to reciprocity principle, international and European Union laws and foreigners who are employed or granted with working permission by the other Ministries, Public Institutions and Organizations [2] are not included within the scope of the Law on Work Permits of Foreigners.

In accordance with the article 15 of the Law on Work Permits of Foreigners, certain professions are reserved only for Turkish citizens. Different legal instruments in Turkey, prohibit foreigners to work either dependently or independently in  certain professions and occupations. Foreigners are not allowed to work; (i) as attorney[3] (ii)  as notary public[4] (iii) as security guard at private or public institutions[5] (iv) as customs broker and assistant customs broker[6] (v) as dentist, midwife and nurse[7] (vi) as pharmacist[8] (vii) as Veterinarian [9] (vii) as director in private hospitals[10].

Moreover in accordance with Turkish Cabotage Law[11]

“The right to catch or obtain fish, oysters, mussels, sponges, pearls, coral, mother-or-pearl and the like, extract sand, gravel and the like, extract and salvage sunken ships and vessels or shipwrecks and the like either on the surface or on the bottom of the sea, perform diving, searching, piloting and maritime supply, work as captain, secretary, crew or workman or in another capacity on Turkish maritime vessels, and carry out wharf porterage or any type of maritime business, within Turkish continental waters, shall belong exclusively to Turkish nationals.”

Additionally, law no: 6458 on Foreigners and Internal Protection defines the cases in which foreigners may not apply for work permit. Article 27(2) of law no: 6458 states that the following foreigners (who are defined in the article 7 of the law no: 6458) may not apply for work permit.

 “i) it is determined that his or her passport, passport substituting document, visa or residence permit or work permit is absent or fraudulent; or that he or she has obtained these permits fraudulently, ii) he or she does not hold a passport or a passport substitute document which is valid for at least sixty days as of the expiry of visa, visa exemption or residence permit, iii) he or she falls under the scope of the foreigners listed under the first paragraph of Article 15, without prejudice to the second paragraph of Article 15 of this Law, and regardless of whether or not he or she is exempted from a visa.”


[1] Law No. 5901 Date of Enactment: 29.05.2009 Published in the Official Gazette on 12 June 2009, No. 27256

[2] Law No. 4817, Art. 2

[3] Law No. 1136 on Attorneys

[4] Law No. 1512 on Notary Public

[5] Law No. 2495 on the Protection and Security of Certain Institutions and Organizations, as security guards at private or public institutions.

[6] Articles 227 and 228 of Law No. 4458 on Customs.

[7] Law no: 1219 on the Practice of Medicine and its Branches

[8] Law No. 6197 on Pharmacies and Pharmacists

[9] Law No. 6343 on the Pursuit of Veterinary Medicine Profession,

Establishment and Duties of Turkish Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Chambers,

[10] Private Hospitals Act No. 2219

[11] Law No. 815 Date of Enactment: 19.4.1926 Published in the Official Gazette 0n 29 April 1926, No. 359

362 Comments

  • Anita William

    Goodmorning,
    I am Anita, am a Nigerian, I want to apply for a tourist visa to Turkey,what are my chances of applying for a job and applying for a work permit during my 30days stay in Turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you find a job in Turkey, your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind regards,

  • Ahmed Mosaad

    Hi,

    I just received an offer letter from VOLTWOOD INC, they sent me an offer letter, which is generally accepted, but they instructed me to deal only with a company called EXPAT CONET CONSULT to do all travel documents, they also gave me a unique identification an tracking number to use to receivetravel documents.

    nothing mentioned about money payments so far, but no face to face or phone call interview took place which I believe is so weird!!!

    Please advise whether such company exist or it’s a scam

    Thanks,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Ahmed,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we do not have any informations about this job offer. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any payments in advance as by your explanation, this offer might be a scam.

      Best Regards,

  • manu

    Hi
    I have been told by a company called Voltwood inc that they have a job interview and asked me to apply ECC/ICC for expat clearences. Is that required for work and live turkey? Also, to process they need $650 USD for 2 years. I am skeptical and need some help to understand this requirement
    Thanks in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Expat clearances are not required by Ministry of Labor for work permit application. Moreover, the amount mention by you is not adequate with actual fees for work permit, which is 850 TL per year, which is now equivalent of approximately 155 USD.

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  • Lizzy Kenny

    Helo please I got an offer from a friend in Turkey asking me to pay $800 for a work permit of which I did, to my greatest surprise he told me the permit is just one month!!! Please my question here now is how do I renew the permit and how long can work permit be before it got expired??? Thanks looking forward to your reply

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Most probably you were scammed as amount of 800$ is not adequate to the real cost of work permit application. Moreover, work permit is usually given for one year, it is not likely that you would be granted one month permit.

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  • Olubunmi Ishola

    Hello, my sister is in Nigeria. A friend of hers said he found a job for her in Turkey. She was asked to pay $800 for the work permit but said the permit is just one month. My question is could this be real and also how will she extend the work permit when she get there. Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      First work permit can be obtained for one year, however, the amount is not relevant to the real fee amounts, which you can find in link below:
      Work and Residence permit fees for 2019

      Please, be careful and do not make any payment in advance as this offer is most probably a scam.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Irene

    Dear team, hello!

    I am asking you to clarify some points of employment rules and regulations in Turkey. Few days ago I received an offer for the job in Turkey from the international company with a brunch office in Russia. They are providing all registration managing by the Labor Law of Russian Federation with an income in Russian currency on the Russian bank account, but working on the Turkish territory. My question is- is it legal to work in Turkey and getting working visa and job permit but be registered on the Russian branch and get a salary and all social package within Russian law regulations? It seems for me more than strange and illegal. Can you provide me with several web resources, where I can search for the information regarding this?

    Many thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      This case depends on a kind of job that you are supposed to do in Turkey. You are allowed to work as a freelancer within Turkey while being amployed and paid by company abroad. However, you are not supposed to do some particular kinds of business activity if the company is not registered in Turkey and without work permit within the country.

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  • Guilherme

    Can you please advise, I just received a job proposal from oil company in Turkey and they are request docs to start work visa process. The problem is – they are requesting to do a money gtransfer of U$3,000, by West Union, from my country to myself in Turkey. See bellow the original text:

    Turkish e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Other purposes, such as work and study,
    require regular visa given by Embassies or Consulates. Foreigners who shall reside, work or study in Turkey, should
    register themselves at the nearest local police department upon their arrival in Turkey, regardless of the validity of their
    visa.
    LIST OF REQUIRMENTS
    1. Employment Contract (Signed by foreigner & employer)
    2. Passport (Valid at least three months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa)
    3. Completed Visa Application Form
    4. One passport size photograph (It should be affixed on the top left side of the visa application form)
    5. Basic Travel Allowance Deposit Receipt (Security Deposit)
    Apart from sponsorship from Turkish Based Employers, employees coming to live and work in the Turkey for at least 12
    months are mandated to show availability of $3,000USD, which is the stipulated financial requirement/applicant travel
    allowance that must be in possession of the applicant/employee into Turkey.
    You must be able to demonstrate that you have funds to support yourself and any dependents. For the main applicant this
    is $3,000USD and you will need a further $1,000USD for each dependent accompanying you. This is to certify that you can
    be responsible for your maintenance as mandated by Turkish Insurance policies to protect and secure Expatriates
    financially. This is not a payment but a security deposit to ensure that you can cater for your needs and support yourself
    once you arrive here before you receive your first salary from your Employer in line with the Turkish Expatriate Financial
    Statutory Law (TEFSL).
    Turkish Immigration would ensure via this means that only eligible applicants who are financially capable are allowed
    entry into Turkey and must be competent to show availability of funds in cases of Emergency and for full financial security
    of the applicant/worker before receipt of first month salary and benefits from Employers.
    PROCEDURE: VERIFICATION/ CONFIRMATION OF APPLICANT TRAVEL ALLOWANCE FUNDS
    Bank statements is NOT accepted, due to falsification which does not compulsorily certify/ surety that the applicant would
    enter the Country with the mandatory Travel allowance/ financial requirement, we no longer accept bank statements as
    final travel guarantee.
    Applicants are required to make a Cash deposit of the stipulated financial requirement of $3,000USD via WESTERN UNION
    MONEY TRANSFER using the information below:
    SENDER: ANYONE AT YOUR DISCRETION (FAMILY MEMBER, RELATIVE OR FRIEND)
    RECEIVER: THIS MUST BE YOU AS THE PRIMARY VISA APPLICANT (YOUR NAME IN FULL)
    PAYOUT CITY/ COUNTRY: TURKEY
    NOTE: (As per Immigration policies, this process must be completed by anyone at your discretion, Family member,
    Relative or friend.)

    CAUTION!!! Ensure that the Receiver is you so that only you can withdraw the deposit after the verification of deposit has
    been carried out. This is not a payment but a deposit for verification that is why it is in your Name as the Receiver and to
    also fulfill that you have funds to support yourself as is the mandatory process for your financial security when you arrive
    here till you receive your first salary from your Employer.
    Visit the nearest Bank, Bureau de Change Store, Post Office, Western Union agent or Shop close to you and effect this
    deposit. Follow the transfer instructions above carefully, After deposit has been effected, you MUST send us the receipt of
    the deposit as an evidence that the deposit has been made and to enable our office verify availability of funds with
    Western Union. Turkey has taken this move to meet the requirements of the European Union

    There is a FAQ also:

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ);
    WHY DO WE USE WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER INTERNATONAL INSTEAD OF BANK STATEMENTS, DRAFTS OR
    CHEQUES?
    Before now, the Turkish Immigration accepted Bank statements, Drafts and Cheques as methods of submission of
    security deposits. Unfortunately, a lot of Visa applicants from Asia, Africa and some parts of Europe abused the method.
    These Applicants submitted copies of falsified documents, bank statements and dud cheques.
    Over the years, we have been saddled with the challenges of identifying these fraudulent Visa applicants and in a swift bid
    to curb their operations; we are in alliance with the Metropolitan police and Interpol. These dramatic situations prompted
    the Turkish Immigration to revise the standard of operations hence, the annulment of the acceptance of Bank
    Statements, Drafts or Cheques and adoption of the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER as the ONLY method of
    submission of security deposits for all International Visa applicants.
    WHY CAN’T EMPLOYERS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECURITY DEPOSIT?
    Your Visa fees, Residence/ Work Permit fees and Flight ticket are shouldered by your Employer. As much as
    Employees are mandated to submit the security deposit of $3,000USD to show proofs of sufficient funds for their Basic
    Travel Allowance (BTA), Employers are as well mandated to submit a security deposit of $6,000USD to show that they have
    sufficient funds to sponsor your stay in Turkey.
    Therefore, it is a criminal offence and violation of Turkish Immigration Acts of 2014 should any Employer be responsible
    for security deposit required by the Employee. Any Employer who flaunts this law in any way will be penalized.
    IS THIS SECURITY DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE OR JUST A ONE TIME PAYMENT?
    The Security deposit of $3,000USD is not a payment, it is only a deposit required for verification and subject to retrieval
    upon arrival to Turkey.

    Is this a FAKE or True.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We do not have any detailed informations about this application, however, deposit is not required in order to obtain work permit and it is highly possible that this offer is a scam. We highly recommend you to be careful and not to pay anyone in advance until you make sure that the job offer is real.

      Kind Regards,

  • John Lawrence

    Merhaba,

    Can you please advise how long it would take to obtain a short term resident visa in Instanbul, I am due to travel to Turkey on a 90 day business visa

    I thank you for your time
    Kind regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Residence permit application procedures in Istanbul last between 1,5 and 3 months, depending on available appointment dates. After the application is started, you can stay in Turkey legally until receiving result of application even if your visa expires.

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  • hi i have a visit visa and i want to extend in work promit please guide me about price and how much time required and how can i apply psychically i have 7 days visit visa please reply me fast

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,

      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Deborah

    Hello please can you give me some advice, me and my Turkish partner are opening a business. He will be the director I will be a share holder, I understand if I don’t work I will not need work visa, but if I decide to work within the company how do I apply for this type of work visa
    Thankyou in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to apply for work permit as a foreigner, company’s paid capital must be 100.000 TL or more and there must be at least 5 Turkish citizens employed per each foreigner in the company including you (for 2 foreigners there must be 10 Turkish citizens etc.). If your company meets this criteria and you decide to apply for work permit, you can contact us and we will be glad to guide you and assist you throughout the procedures.

      Best Regards,

  • Signe

    Could you please give advise, or describe procedure how I can get work permit. I’m EU citizen, I have family ikamet for 3 years (marriage with Turkish citizen). May I apply myself and then find job? Planning looking job in turism sector. Thank you advance, have a nice day

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Best Regards,

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  • Rolena

    Hello,
    Can you kindly advise me of my next steps after obtaining the work permit? This is my second year in Turkey, I had a short term residence permit for a year and yesterday I received my work permit after a long application process through the employer. What should I do next? Register my address with notary and population directorate? What about insurance? Anything else? My employer has done it for the first time and has no idea about the following procedure.

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    R.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You should register your addres in local Population Registry Office if it is not registered yet and employer must register you in Social Security (SGK).

      Kind regards,

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  • @aleem

    Hello,
    Greetings,
    Guide me please how can i get a work permit for Turkey, because i applied online in many companies but didn’t any answer. could you please send/suggest me any authentic website where i can search the job for marketing/sales.
    waiting for your kind answer.
    Best Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You can search for a job on websites like kariyer.net or come to Turkey on touristic visa to search for a job in person and attend job interviews. After you find a job in Turkey, your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

      Kind Regards,

  • Syed Zulqarnain

    Hi i am zulqarnain some one name Scot Leslie HR Manager he contacted me for piping supervisor job. I send my CV. And he said i will paste his reply what he said

    Zulqarnain: how many days for process because you said me you need ASAP ?

    Scot Leslie: Total of one 3 weeks because of visa procesing.

    Zulqarnain: is there any money involve from my side because now a days fake recruiters are in the market so I want to asked that any money I have to submit for visa processing

    Scot Leslie: Look, all our recruitment processing is legitimate. We do not charge any fee for visa processing.

    Zulqarnain: ok sorry for asking because its my first time for online processing.

    Scot Leslie: Company will require you to provide the below document before visa and resident permit processing
    *No objection certificate.(NOC)
    * Employment Authorization certificate with Turkish stamp from ministry of Labour.
    * Employment approval letter from any Turkish law firm.

    Zulqarnain: i am living here in UK. How can i provide you these documents. As per my experience i no need NOC. I am legal to work in Uk or outside the UK.

    Scot Lislie: Okay good. You can look up online for law firms here in Turkey or i can provide you with one when necessary.

    Zulqarnain: I don’t UNDERSTAND why your company need from my side?

    Scot Lisie: Your recruitment to the company will be based on replacement and those documents are needed to facilitate your enrollment.

    (((Please any one tell me what Scot Lislie said its legal or not i check his email online the company as per his email is look line that see the link this is his email adress hr_manager@samsungtk.com and as per his email this is the website https://samsungtk.com/team

    Please can anyone guide me its fake or not.

    Regard
    Zulqarnain

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We do not have any informations about this job offer but the website does not seem authentic and neither the list of required documents is real. Please, be careful and do not share personal informations or make any payment until you make sure that it is a real offer.

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  • Muhammad bilal mughal

    Assalam u alaikum….
    Sir i want a turkish work visa
    I am working air conditioner .
    And i need any food compny visa. choclate compny visa.or air conditioner visa….

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      İn order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa.

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  • XU

    I am manager in a Turkish company which is invested by a Chinese company. This Chinese company has a branch in Russia too. I think its Turkish branch is subject to “Direct Foreign Investment”. There is only one Turkish employee in this Turkish company. Can I get work visa according to ” Regulation on the Employment of personal of Foreign Nationality In Direct Foreign Investment”? How much is your service fee if the work permit can be applied in my case? and how long time can I get the work permit?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There must be 5 Turkish employee in a branch of the company to obtain a work permit for 1 foreigner.

      Kind Regards,

  • Joanne Burlton

    Hello, and thank you in advance forvyour advice.

    My employer is in the process of making an application for work permit/work visa in the UK. Whilst that application is being processed, Is it possible to enter Turkey on an e-visa, touristic purposes for 2 months to visit my family, then return to the uk and enter on my work visa when I am due to start my job?

    best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Technically it is possible as you have 90 days to enter Turkey after your work permit application would be approved. However, we would not recommend this solution. If it is possible, it is better to wait for your work visa to be ready.

      Best Regards,

    • Joanne Burlton

      Thank you for your reply to my question, i have a further question…

      If the intial application is made and submitted for my work permit in the UK, then I come to Turkey on an evisa, and then return to the Uk to attend my interview in London for the work permit, is that ok. So basically visiting turkey on an evisa before my work permit interview and before a decision is made. Is that all above board?

      thanks again

  • Amine

    Hi,
    first of all, i would like to thank you.
    i wanted to ask about the time for the process of the resident permit and if possible to apply for the work permit while having the resident permit in process .
    best regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Timeframe for obtaining residence permit depends on the city and available appointment dates. Application procedures in total should not take longer than 3 months. Work permit application can only be submitted within Turkey if a foreigner has residence permit, which is valid in total for at least 6 months. That is why your employer can start application procedures after you would receive your residence permit card.

      Best Regards,

  • imane

    Merhaba,

    Please I would like to know if I can apply for residence permit extension (tourism short period) and work permit at the same time. or the extension of my residence permit will not have any sense after applying for the work permit. and if my work permit was cancelled later how much days should I stay in Turkey. My residence permit will be expired in 40days, do you think that I have enough time to let the company apply for work permit.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your employer can apply for work permit as long as your current residence permit is valid. If residence permit expires after the work permit application is already started, you can stay in Turkey legally until result of work permit application process and there is no need to apply for new residence permit. If you stay in Turkey on basis of work permit for at least 6 months and it would be cancelled, you can apply for residence permit within 10 days after cancellation. If the document would be cancelled before 6 months passes, you must leave Turkey within 10 days.

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