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. Upon their arrival to Turkey with work visa, foreigners are required to apply for Work Registered Residence Permit to the Alien’s Branch of the Local Police Department within 30 days.  Work permit will only takes effect in the existence of valid residence permit.


  • Passport (original)
  • Work visa application Form
  • Employment Contract  (also other additional company documents including job offer)
  • One Photo

*Under the discretion of the foreign representatives of Turkey or in accordance with bilateral agreements, some other supporting documents might be demanded for work visa applications.


  • Reference Number given by consulate during the visa application
  • One Photo (Needed in Online application process)
  • Application Form for Foreigner (Needed in Online application process)
  • Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer)
  • Passport Copy (Translated to Turkish) (Originals are not necessary)
  • Diploma Copy (Translated to Turkish) (Originals are not necessary)
  • If applicable a letter of recommendation copy (Translated to Turkish)(Originals are not necessary)


In abroad applications, there is two-step application model. Work permits are obtaining through the Turkish Consulates as work visas. Pursuance to the applicant’s application to the Turkish consulate for work visa, within ten working days, the employer should apply for work permit to the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security.   The application procedure is as below;



As per new rules on residence permits, valid working permissions will be used as residence permits. 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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7 Responses

  1. G C

    I am currently in the process of my work visa, but my employer is unsure of what exactly he has to do once we have the reference number from the consulate in London, we have looked numerous times on the turkish ministry of labor site but hes getting very confused by it all. is there any where that can simplify it for him or any companies that can do it for him or help him with it

    Many Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      As we understand you made an application from outside of Turkey and wish to know the status.
      The process of the application is as follow :
      – The delivery of the documents to the Consulat,
      – The Online Application with the reference numbergiven by the consulat,
      – The Delivery of the documents to the Ministry of Labor,
      – The follow-Up of the application on the online system of the Ministry,
      – If the application is accepted, the delivery of the Work Permit,
      – The stamping of the passport at the Consulat where the application was made.

      Unfortunately, there is no other procedure possible for this kind of application. In the case where there is a problem with the application and the application wasn’t followed-up, the application will be rejected and you will have the right to re-apply again.

      If you need any support or consultancy concerning the procedure please contact us by mail or phone.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  2. I am currently working for a company in Istanbul. I have a work permit that expires in Dec 2017. I want to quit this job within the next few weeks. I understand that the SGK that is included with work permit will not work anymore, but will i still be able to use the residence side of it? I want to stay in istanbul until that time and possibly apply for a residence permit on my own. I also want to be able to travel to other countries and go in and out of turkey several times before Dec 2017. Is this possible?

  3. Salam sir i respect u i hope u will nice and im hanif frm pakistan kpk hi i want work in turky and which type visa u can give me plz sir hotel industries whiever job im ready to do that respons me becouse im already free and no job but u can reply me on this 00923449642533 qualif.b.a and dae. Electrical 3 year diploma

    • Dear Mr. Hanif,

      Unfortunately, but our company doesn’t provide any job search service.

      Best regards,

  4. ı have some question
    ı come on 14 february 2016
    that time my work permit stıll untıl 18 february 2016
    after that company already now about that ..
    and tell me wıll be renew
    ı am waıtıng untıl thıs tıme
    yesterday ı got news the company won’t renew
    ıf ı go my country . how ı do
    thank you

    • Dear Kirei,

      Thanks for the message.

      As I understood from your message, the company didnt make a work permit extension for you. İt means that your work permit has already been expired and your staying in Turkey is illegal now. Unfortunately, but you cannot apply for residence permit now, thus you should leave Turkey and pay an administrative fine at the airport on your departure day. İn case if you fail to pay a fine, you can get re-entry ban to Turkey.

      Thank you,

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