Documents Required for Work Permit

For non-Turkish citizens, who want to work in Turkey, supporting documents for the work permit application changes according to the sectors that they want to be employed. Employers should also provide appropriate documents relevant to their business sectors.

1. INTERNAL APPLICATIONS

Documents required from the foreign personnel are;

  • Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer)
  • Passport Copy
  • Diploma Copy (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
  • If applicable a letter of recommendation (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
  • Copy of Valid Residence permit for at least 6 months
  • One biometric photo
  • The original of the existing work permit (effective in work permit extension applications)Documents required from the employer are;
    • · A work permit application petition addressing Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
    • · A work permit application form addressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
    • · Balance sheet and statement of profit and loss related to last year of the institution (approved by tax administration or chartered accountant),
    • · The Turkish Trade Registry Gazette indicating the most recent capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
    • · Commercial Activity Certificate,
    • · Give authorisation to person via electronic signature to do the online work permit application
    • · Documents showing the employer company has no unpaid tax debt (effective in work permit extension applications)

    It should be noted that the list above is not exhaustive. Ministry of Labor and Social Security has discretion to demand other documents during the evaluation period. The supporting documents may also change in accordance with the business sector of the employer and/or with the nature of the work.

    2. ABROAD APPLICATIONS

    Common Documents required from foreign personnel;

    • Passport
    • Work visa application Form
    • Employment Contract
    • One Biometric 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.
      Common Documents required from the employer are;

      • · A work permit application petition addressing Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
      • · A work permit application form addressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security,
      • · Employment Contract (signed by foreigner and employer)
      • · Passport Copy of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator),
      • · Diploma Copy of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
      • · If applicable a letter of recommendation of Foreigner (Translated to Turkish by sworn translator)
      • · Balance sheet and statement of profit and loss related to last year of the institution (approved by tax administration or chartered accountant),
      • · The Turkish Trade Registry Gazette indicating the most recent capital and shareholding structure of the organization,
      • · Commercial Activity Certificate,
      • · Give authorisation to person via electronic signature to do the online work permit application.

       

     

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  • Avatar
    Anwar

    I have a residence permit of 1 year but i got job offer from a different city of my residence. So, can i apply with my previous city residence permit for work permit or first i have to change my city address? Thanks.

    • Ata Kurumsal
      Ata Kurumsal

      Hello,
      You do not need to obtain new residence permit in the city you will work in to be eligible for work permit application. Once you obtain work permit and start working in another city and move there you will only need to register your address in local directorate of Population.

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    Joe fombo

    I received a contract from one local turkey airline and I signed the contract but they said I have to pay $1.590 for expert permit in Turkey before resuming to there agent .I strongly believe this is fake please help care issue .is this government requirement in Turkey ? Or crooks .

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    mohamed

    Thank you so much for your helpful answer, I rated u Five stars on google maps reviews. I have one more question about this rule:
    “validity of your passports must be at least two months longer than validity of your work permit. For example, if your passport is only valid for 12 months upon the starting date of work permit, the permit can be granted for maximum 10 months”
    does this rule apply to other kinds of residence permits too?. my wife is Turkish, so if I apply for family residence permit also I will get visa two months shorter than my passport validity ?? or its different case?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Charles

    Hello,

    I got a job offer but I don’t have a diploma.

    Can my employer still apply for my work permit?

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Diploma is required for work permit application purpose. If the document would not be provided, application can not be approved due to lacking document.

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    mohamed

    Hello, I am an engineer who is working abroad. I got a job offer from turkey. I want to apply for a work permit from the embassy, I would like to know how long the duration of my visa will be when I receive it. will it be three years permit or one year for the first time I am applying? and in the second year if it is a one year permit when I renew it it will be another one year or two years or three years permit?.
    as the visa duration is very important for me because my passport will expire after one and a half years after applying and due to some issues with my home country I can renew it only after one year from the expiry date. that’s why it is important for me to know how long the duration of the visa for the first time I get it and when I renew it?
    thanks a lot

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      First work permit can be granted for one year, later it can be extended for another two years and following work permits can be granted for up to three years. However validity of your passports must be at least two months longer than validity of your work permit. For example, if your passport is only valid for 12 months upon the starting date of work permit, the permit can be granted for maximum 10 months.

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    Abdulrahman

    Hello,

    thank you for this useful information. I have a question. I am an Egyptian who is working in japan currently, and I am married to a Turkish wife. I am planning to move to live and work in turkey. the question is when I go to turkey which is better to go with a tourist visa and apply for family residence permit and then change it to a work permit or from the beginning to apply for a work permit before going to turkey? (knowing that i have already found a job in turkey)

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Obtaining residence permit can take up to three months depending on the city and available appointment dates. Once the residence permit card is issued your future employer can start work permit application procedures within Turkey. Evaluation of work permit application takes approximately 30 working days. You are only allowed to start working in Turkey once the work permit card is issued. Otherwise, if your employer applies for your work permit before your arrival to Turkey, the documents must be submitted in Turkish consulate in your home country and once the application is approved you will receive a work visa in order to enter Turkey and start working within the country directly upon your arrival.

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    Aftab

    The article was very helpful thanks. But I have a question.
    I have an AIESEC Internship visa currently. My employer has agreed to give a new contract. Can I switch my Visa in Turkey or should I exit the country to change my visa status to work visa? Also is Level 6 Diploma from a UK university recognised in Turkey?
    Thank You

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Work permit 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. Validity of your diploma depends on your position in the company. If equivalency certificate is not required for particular position, your diploma from abroad can be used for work permit application.

      Kind Regards,

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    Seed Amd

    Hi,

    Thank you for your helpful responses. I have a job offer in turkey and I’m studying about the VISA procedure. I would like to apply for my wife’s VISA alongside my application. would you please give me information on it? Do I need to apply for her separately? what documents should I provide to the Embassy in my home country? and is it possible if she applies for a tourist VISA at the time and then after our arrival, she starts for the dependant’s VISA there?

    Your response would be really appreciated.

    Regards,

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Visa application procedures depends on your nationality. You should contact nearest Turkish embassy in order to receive detailed information in this topic. If your wife obtains touristic visa, she can apply for residence permit after arrival to Turkey on basis of your work permit. In this case residence permit’s validity can not exceed validity of your work permit.

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    Hanaa

    Is it true that we need to take toefl exam so we can work in turkey depending on the new regislation?

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      TOEFL is not required for work permit application, however depending on workplace and position employer can require additional documents such as TOEFL certificate.

      Kind Regards,

  • Avatar
    coumba

    Hello Expat Guide Turkey!
    i have few questions
    – in order to get the work visa, your employer should apply for your work permit from turkey isn’t it?
    -From abroad how long does it take to get the work visa if your employer apply for the work permit in turkey?
    – if you come in turkey with a touristic visa can you change it or extend it into a residence permit , if yes what are the condition ?
    – if you come in turkey with a touristic visa and fond a job , how can you apply for the work permit while in turkey
    I am ooking forward for your reply

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Employer must submit work permit application to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done only within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be also done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa. Both kinds of application take approximately 30 working days. Foreigners, who enter Turkey with touristic visa can apply for touristic residence permit. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Work permit application can be submitted on basis of this kind of residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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      Malek

      Hello, i am an english teacher, the school will apply for work permit for me. I have just extended my residence permit. I would like to know what are the papers required for the work permit.it seems kind of complicated. Thank you for your help.

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  • Avatar
    Anwar

    I have a residence permit of 1 year but i got job offer from a different city of my residence. So, can i apply with my previous city residence permit for work permit or first i have to change my city address? Thanks.

    • Ata Kurumsal
      Ata Kurumsal

      Hello,
      You do not need to obtain new residence permit in the city you will work in to be eligible for work permit application. Once you obtain work permit and start working in another city and move there you will only need to register your address in local directorate of Population.

      Kind Regards,

      Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Ata Institutional Consuntancy would like to know your feedback. Please leave a comment on our page. https://g.page/r/CT9i2JXthUlOEAI/review

  • Avatar
    Joe fombo

    I received a contract from one local turkey airline and I signed the contract but they said I have to pay $1.590 for expert permit in Turkey before resuming to there agent .I strongly believe this is fake please help care issue .is this government requirement in Turkey ? Or crooks .

  • Avatar
    mohamed

    Thank you so much for your helpful answer, I rated u Five stars on google maps reviews. I have one more question about this rule:
    “validity of your passports must be at least two months longer than validity of your work permit. For example, if your passport is only valid for 12 months upon the starting date of work permit, the permit can be granted for maximum 10 months”
    does this rule apply to other kinds of residence permits too?. my wife is Turkish, so if I apply for family residence permit also I will get visa two months shorter than my passport validity ?? or its different case?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Avatar
    Charles

    Hello,

    I got a job offer but I don’t have a diploma.

    Can my employer still apply for my work permit?

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Diploma is required for work permit application purpose. If the document would not be provided, application can not be approved due to lacking document.

      Kind Regards,

      Your thoughts are important to us. Are you satisfied with the answers we have given to your questions? Please rate us and leave a comment Click here

  • Avatar
    mohamed

    Hello, I am an engineer who is working abroad. I got a job offer from turkey. I want to apply for a work permit from the embassy, I would like to know how long the duration of my visa will be when I receive it. will it be three years permit or one year for the first time I am applying? and in the second year if it is a one year permit when I renew it it will be another one year or two years or three years permit?.
    as the visa duration is very important for me because my passport will expire after one and a half years after applying and due to some issues with my home country I can renew it only after one year from the expiry date. that’s why it is important for me to know how long the duration of the visa for the first time I get it and when I renew it?
    thanks a lot

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      First work permit can be granted for one year, later it can be extended for another two years and following work permits can be granted for up to three years. However validity of your passports must be at least two months longer than validity of your work permit. For example, if your passport is only valid for 12 months upon the starting date of work permit, the permit can be granted for maximum 10 months.

      Kind Regards,

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    Abdulrahman

    Hello,

    thank you for this useful information. I have a question. I am an Egyptian who is working in japan currently, and I am married to a Turkish wife. I am planning to move to live and work in turkey. the question is when I go to turkey which is better to go with a tourist visa and apply for family residence permit and then change it to a work permit or from the beginning to apply for a work permit before going to turkey? (knowing that i have already found a job in turkey)

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Obtaining residence permit can take up to three months depending on the city and available appointment dates. Once the residence permit card is issued your future employer can start work permit application procedures within Turkey. Evaluation of work permit application takes approximately 30 working days. You are only allowed to start working in Turkey once the work permit card is issued. Otherwise, if your employer applies for your work permit before your arrival to Turkey, the documents must be submitted in Turkish consulate in your home country and once the application is approved you will receive a work visa in order to enter Turkey and start working within the country directly upon your arrival.

      Kind Regards,

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    Aftab

    The article was very helpful thanks. But I have a question.
    I have an AIESEC Internship visa currently. My employer has agreed to give a new contract. Can I switch my Visa in Turkey or should I exit the country to change my visa status to work visa? Also is Level 6 Diploma from a UK university recognised in Turkey?
    Thank You

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Work permit 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. Validity of your diploma depends on your position in the company. If equivalency certificate is not required for particular position, your diploma from abroad can be used for work permit application.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Avatar
    Seed Amd

    Hi,

    Thank you for your helpful responses. I have a job offer in turkey and I’m studying about the VISA procedure. I would like to apply for my wife’s VISA alongside my application. would you please give me information on it? Do I need to apply for her separately? what documents should I provide to the Embassy in my home country? and is it possible if she applies for a tourist VISA at the time and then after our arrival, she starts for the dependant’s VISA there?

    Your response would be really appreciated.

    Regards,

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Visa application procedures depends on your nationality. You should contact nearest Turkish embassy in order to receive detailed information in this topic. If your wife obtains touristic visa, she can apply for residence permit after arrival to Turkey on basis of your work permit. In this case residence permit’s validity can not exceed validity of your work permit.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Avatar
    Hanaa

    Is it true that we need to take toefl exam so we can work in turkey depending on the new regislation?

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      TOEFL is not required for work permit application, however depending on workplace and position employer can require additional documents such as TOEFL certificate.

      Kind Regards,

  • Avatar
    coumba

    Hello Expat Guide Turkey!
    i have few questions
    – in order to get the work visa, your employer should apply for your work permit from turkey isn’t it?
    -From abroad how long does it take to get the work visa if your employer apply for the work permit in turkey?
    – if you come in turkey with a touristic visa can you change it or extend it into a residence permit , if yes what are the condition ?
    – if you come in turkey with a touristic visa and fond a job , how can you apply for the work permit while in turkey
    I am ooking forward for your reply

    • Expatguide
      Expatguide

      Hello,
      Employer must submit work permit application to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done only within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be also done via Turkish Consulate in their home country. Work permit application can not be submitted basing on visa. Both kinds of application take approximately 30 working days. Foreigners, who enter Turkey with touristic visa can apply for touristic residence permit. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Work permit application can be submitted on basis of this kind of residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Avatar
      Malek

      Hello, i am an english teacher, the school will apply for work permit for me. I have just extended my residence permit. I would like to know what are the papers required for the work permit.it seems kind of complicated. Thank you for your help.

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