Work visa application procedure

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.

DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR WORK VISA APPLICATION FROM FOREIGNER

  • 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.

DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS IN TURKEY

  • 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)

WORK VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

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;

RESIDENCE PERMIT

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.

APPLICATION FLOWCHART

62 Comments

  • lina

    Hello,

    I am kind of in a strange situation. My employer in Turkey has let me know that my work permit application has been rejected. But when I emailed the Turkish Consulate, they responded 2 days later letting me know that the application is still under review. Not rejected or approved yet. Is it possible that the employer has more information than the Turkish Consulate?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We do not know any details of your application so we can not track the progress to tell anything for sure. But it is possible that your employer contacted Ministry of Labour and received the informations before any update regarding your application was received by the Consulate. We recommend you to keep in touch with your local Turkish Consulate to follow any changes in your application status.

      Best Regards,

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  • Muhammad Asif

    Sir kindly tell me work permit application processing time.my application submitted before 1 month but still no reply.kindly tell how much time i have to wait

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Work permit application takes approximately 30 working days. According to circumstances procedures can last slightly shorter or longer.

      Kind Regards,

  • Roushan Alam

    Sir, I got a job offer from Turkey Airlines. They given me a mail ID – turkishgov.edevlet@e-nautia.com and given a contract person name Dr. Ahmet Bolat.
    Sir, I just want to know all these are genuine or any fake . Please let me know in my mail ID- roushon@rediffmail.com. After getting any intimation from you I should go ahead only.
    Thanks
    Roushan Alam.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      This job offer does not seem to be real. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to transfer any money until you have no proof of offer’s authenticity.

      Kind Regards

  • salman

    Hi i m in turkey on Aiesec internship visa i am teaching here in a school with salary and my contract is of one year is there anyway i can change my visa type to work visa and get a proper full paid job and work permit because on this current visa although i am working 9-5pm still it doesn’t require any work permit please guide me about it thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Your work permit application can not be submitted basing on an internship visa. İf your employer decides to emloy you after the internship, you can go back to your country and they can apply via Turkish consulate there. İf they application will be approved, within one month you would receive work visa and after arrival to Turkey, work permit as well.

      Kind Regards,

  • Allison Johansen

    Hello,

    Is there any way to expedite my work permit faster than the 30 days max? I am still waiting on the letter from my employees to take to the consulate (which hopefully will be coming any day now). However, my employers seem to think I will be in Turkey within the next four weeks or so. I don’t see how this is possible. Is there is a route that I should consider?

    Thank you!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no way to speed up the application procedures, you can only take care of the documents being delivered to the Consulate as soon as possible and that you would take your work visa right after application is approved.

      Best Regards,

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