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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19 Responses

  1. Dear Sirs,

    Me and my employer did the process of extension of my work permit and after 45 days of reviewing they informed my employer today that my application is rejected and removed due to some missing documents and by the way my work permit ended on 18.07.2017. So now do i need to proceed for new work permit process or still i can make extension. what is the correct steps to take. Do i need to travel out of Turkey now or i can do it from here?

    You kind assistance is needed.


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mujahid,

      According to the Turkish Law on Labor, you had to exit the Turkish territory within 10 days following the rejection of your application. In your case you will have to pay a penalty of days overstayed since the 28/07/2017.

      In order to get a new Work Permit you will have to exit the Country and make an abroad application. Please note that you will not be able to get a Residency Permit untill the 28/07/2018 since you had a Work Permit recently.

      If you wish our company can make all the necessary application for you and your company in order to get a Work Permit. For further information about our services please contact us by phone.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  2. hi

    I want to get a permanent/ residence visa. My question is either i should go to turkey on a tourist visa first and then apply for permanent visa or should i have to apply for it from my country of residence?

    Any help would be appreciated


    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr EfKhan,

      Residency Permit Application can only be made once the Foreign Citizens enter the Turkish territory. Also Foreign Citizens must first get a Short Term Residency Permit in order to be allowed to apply for a Permanent Residency Permit later.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  3. I am in the process of making an extension of my work permit of which ended on 18.07.2017 and employer already submitted and courier all needed documents to The Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security and last time i checked it was start to be reviewed on July 13 of 2017 even we applied on mid of June anyway till this time i didnt receive any thing from them is this normal? And while i was waiting for the process my work permit and visa finshid is that mean i need to pay any fees at airport if i need to travel for the time which now the permit is not valid? can i travel while waiting for the process? And Do i need to get new visa on the passport and how as they didnt ask for the original passport?
    Thank you for your kind reply in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mujahid,

      We strongly recommend you to not exit the Turkish territory untill you have a result of your application since you will not have any Residency Permit.

      The process time of the Work Permit during summer is 45 days, also if your application has a problem it will get longer to get an answer.

      Lastly, you are allowed to saty in Turkey even if your Residency or Work Permit has expired IF you have made an extension application before the expiration date.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  4. need resIdence permint can you help me in pakistan good work turkey residence pemrint cards a want to cleary agency proviede reseidence permint turkey kashif rawalpindi pakistan

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Kahif,

      We can provide you assistance with the Residency Permit application, however for this you will need to enter the Turkish territory with a valid touristic visa.

      We can also make a work permit application if you can find an employer wishing to employ you in Turkey. For further information you can check the related pages in our website.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  5. hi
    I am anis from Bangladesh. I arrived turkey short stay visa business visit.can I apply for residence visa?
    and how much it total cost.?
    what documents needs for apply?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr ahmed,

      You cannot apply for a Short Term Residency Permit with a Visa for business visit. For this you will need to show proof of visit and letters from the companies inviting you in Turkey. Our company does not provide consultancy services for Short Term Residency Permit application with a Business Visa.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  6. I have received my Turkish work permit card. Do I need to apply for visa to enter Turkey or my work permit is enough to enter Turkey?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Abdelkader,

      If you have received you work permit card you will not need to get a visa to enter Turkey. However please note that the work permit is only sent in Turkey and will not be sent abroad.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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,

  10. 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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