Types of Work Permits

As a general rule individuals who have no citizenship bond with the Republic of Turkey, in order to work either dependently or independently, are obliged to have a valid work permit before they start to work. The rules and principles of Non Turkish citizens’ entry to the Turkish labor market are governed by the New Law on International Labour Force (law no. 6735) which was enacted on 28th July 2016.  The Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security is entitled as a competent authority for processing the work permit applications, granting, extending, restricting or canceling work permits.

TYPES OF WORK PERMITS


1. WORK PERMIT WITH DEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME

After taking several economic and demographic factors of the Turkish labor market into account, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security may grant a work permit for a definite period of time to the applicants. A Work Permit with definite period of time provides to the holders the right to work in an appointed profession, in a definite geographical zone, for an appointed employer within a specific time frame. By law, the work permits of definite period of time are valid at most for one year. At the end of the one year term, the work permit may be extended up to two years to work in the same job for the same employer. At the end of the two years extension, the work permit may be extended at most three more years to work in the same job for the same employer.

2. WORK PERMIT WITH INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME

A foreigner may be eligible for a work permit of indefinite period of time, if meets one the following criteria;
• The Foreigner should have been residing in Turkey legally and uninterruptedly for 8 years (with valid Long Term Residence Permit)
• The Foreigner should have a total legal working period of 8 years in Turkey. (with valid work permit)
The work permit of indefinite period of time is granted without taking the status of the business market into consideration. Moreover it is not restricted for a certain operation, profession, civil or geographical area.

3. INDEPENDENT WORK PERMIT

A foreigner who shall work independently on his/her own account may be granted with an independent work permit if he/she has legally and uninterruptedly resided in Turkey for at least five years.

An independent work permit for a definite period of time in line with Turkish International Labor Force Policy might be granted to the foreigners who shall work independently on him/her own behalf and account. Additionally, under new law, shareholder managers of limited companies, shareholder members of board of Joint Stock Companies and shareholder managers of Commandite Companies are required to obtain work permit.

4. TURQUOİSE CARD

Turquoise Card could be granted to foreigners as an indefinite work permit. The Turquoise Card would be granted through the recommendation of the Turkish International Labor Force Council by considering several factors such as the education level of the applicant, their professional experience, their contribution to science and technology, and the impact of activities and investments in Turkey on the economy and employment.

To the spouse and dependent children of the Turquoise Card holders, a document shall be given which indicates that they are relatives of a Turquoise Card holder and which can be used as residence permit.

As per article 11, Turquoise card might be granted for a transition period, first three years. The application for extension should be filed within 180 days before or in any case before the expiry date of the Turquoise card. Turquoise card, then, might be extended for indefinite period of time. https://www.atakurumsal.com/en/turquoise-card/ Please consult the associated article on Exceptional Work Permits.

5. EXCEPTIONAL WORK PERMIT

https://www.atakurumsal.com/en/exceptional-work-permit/ Please consult the associated article on Exceptional Work Permits.

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Hello. Thank you for help and support and answering our questions. it is the second time that I ask a question because... I forgot the previous time. If someone want to apply for Short Term Resident Permit but the expiry date of Passport does not allow for one year, then is it possible to apply for shorter period like ten months and 120 days outside of Turkey rule still exist or not? Thank you againread more
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Thank you very much for answering my first question. I forgot to ask the other question that I had. If my mother... passport does not allow her to apply for short term resident permit for a year because of expiry date of her passport can she apply for ten months instead of one year? I also heard that 120 days outside of country rule is not apply anymore.read more
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I gained lots of knowledge with help of this web site it is very informative.I have some questions plz answer .1 -... What is the minimum house price to buy in order to get a residency permit?2 - we are a family of three me 46 year old my son aged 22 and daughter aged 19 . can we by one house or 3 houses to get property residency permit for all of us ?3 - How many month a person to stay in turkey per year for qualify a Turkish passport because my both adult children are studying medicine in Georgia .4 - How many years will the three of us have to wait to get citizenship?read more
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HelloIm from Iran ( I have Iranian Passport ) but I live in Budapest. I would like to study in Turkey. Do I have to... get a student visa from Turkish embassy before going to Turkey or can I just go to Turkey and register at my course and then apply for Student residence permit ?May I also ask how long does it take to get an appointment at the immigration office and then how long does it take to receive the Student residence permit ?Thank you very much for your helpBest regardsread more
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Hello,I am a Nigerian citizen, and I would like to apply for the tourist residence permit. I read that in Antalya the... residence permit is provided in a month or less sometimes.1. Is it possible to apply for the residence permit in Antalya and then move to Istanbul after receiving the residence permit?2. In that case, will my application be accepted if I have a rental contract for just 1 month as I plan on moving to Istanbul and rent another apartment there?3. During the time my application will be processing, can I open a bank account, deposit money in it, and make transactions?I would appreciate if you could shed some light on these matters.Warm regards,read more
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Ahmed Majid
Ahmed Majid
4 years ago

Hi

Can you please advise if the work permit for 1 year or 3 or 4 years social insurance must be paid I mean 580 lira on monthly basis or on yearly basis or if I do not to pay this money what happens please and in case of 3 or 4 years work permit if the social insurance have to be paid can it be paid at the expiry date of work permit please?

Many thanks

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Ahmed Majid
2021 years ago

Good day Mr. Ahmed,

Thank you very much for your message.

Yes, the Social Security contributions should be made on the monthly basis. İf Social Securtiy payments will be avoid, then employer could be punished with the fine and employee’s work permit extension will be rejected by the Ministry of Labour.

Kind regards,

M.Hamza khan
M.Hamza khan
4 years ago

Hey this is hamza from Pakistan. .I want a work permitt …can any body tell me the cost of work permitt…Please I’m waiting

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  M.Hamza khan
4 years ago

Dear Mr Hamza,

According to the Turkish Law, Work Permit for Foreign National must be applied by the employer. You can’t get a work permit by yourself, you must first find an employer wishing to employ you and then the company will apply for your work permit.

Our consultancy fee for work permit depend on the vacancy you will have in the company because different vacancy will require different types of documents and application.
For more information about our fee you can consult our web page : https://www.atakurumsal.com/calisma-izni-danismanlik-ucretleri/

Best regards,
ExpatGuideTurkey team

suraj bhan
suraj bhan
3 years ago

sir please let me know that if i have scars or spot in my chest x ray even i am not suffering from ant any chronical deasase could they deport by this back if i am coming in work permit visa for turkey

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  suraj bhan
3 years ago

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Turkish legislation does not discriminate any kind of disease or handicap. They cannot deport or cancel your work permit according to any kind of scar or sport or non-contagious disease.

Best Regards,
ExpatGuideTurkey Team

suraj bhan
suraj bhan
Reply to  ExpatGuideTurkey
3 years ago

sir i had done my TB illnes cured and from last 4 years am working in india but scar on chest in shows mark in x ray i am fully cured can still they deport for this illnes of past dubai deports i have read online due to scars is turkey too deport or it is the old trend for medical fitness.

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  suraj bhan
3 years ago

Dear Sir/Madam,

According to the Turkish Legislation you work permit will not be cancelled because of any illness. however if your employer fire you your work permit will get cancelled.

Best REgards,
ExpatGuideTurkey Team

Fahd Abbasi
Fahd Abbasi
3 years ago

Hi this is fahd abbasi from Kashmir, Pakistan i have certification hospitality management as well as business administration but have less working experience. which visa is suitable for me to enter in turkey i am very keen to see Turkey i want to spend some time in Turkey

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ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Fahd Abbasi
3 years ago

Dear Mr Fahd,

You can apply for a Short Term Residency Permit at first if you wish to live in turkey for a certain amount of time. For this you are required to enter Turkey with a valid touristic Visa. Once you entered the Turkish territory with a valid touristic Visa we can start the application for a Short Term Residency Permit.

Best Regards,
ExpatGuideTurkey Team

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