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;

work visa application process

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.

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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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Dawn
Dawn
9 months ago

I am British and currently working in Istanbul in my brother in law’s restaurant and have valid work permit. I am relocating to Antalya will my permit still be valid or will I have to apply for a new one. I will be working in a restaurant in Antalya.

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Reply to  Dawn
8 months ago

Hello,
Work permit is obtained for a perticular workplace. If your employer or workplace changes, work permit also must be transferred. Our company can assist your employers to transfer your work permit. For details you can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com

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Ariel Katen
Ariel Katen
9 months ago

Hello. I applied for a work visa at the embassy in my country almost 3 weeks ago.
How long do work visa’s usually take to be successful?

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Expatguide
Reply to  Ariel Katen
9 months ago

Hello,
Work permit application takes approximately 30 working days. However in some cases procedures can take more time, especially while applying from abroad. It is still early in your case to be concerned, it rarely happens that applications are evaluated in such a short time.

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Dhileep kamarudeen
Dhileep kamarudeen
Reply to  Ariel Katen
8 months ago

I got offer letter from gotzepe oil company after that for the work permit and Visa process contact to Nazli dost LLC email is nazlidostravels@yandex.com or evisa@nazlidostravels.com. they send me a mail for transfer 1690 us for Visa process. Please let me know it is fake or not

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Expatguide
Reply to  Dhileep kamarudeen
8 months ago

Hello,
We do not know any details of this job offer. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any advance payment as mentioned amount is not accurate to actual costs of obtaining work permit in Turkey and this offer most probably is a scam.

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Mooha
Mooha
9 months ago

Hi
I got an offer from a company called ” Goztepe Oil Company ” an they asked me to contact ” Nazli Dost Travels through email: nazlidostravelstr@yandex.com ” for the immediate processing of my Turkish residence/work permits.
I contacted them and they send me that:

In order to commence processing your permits into Turkey, please fill attached the Visa form, and send us together with scan copies of identification documents as listed below:

1) Data page of international passport
2) Filled Visa/work permits form
3) Passport sized photograph

Send us also, the Government/Immigration charges below:

A) Work Permit Fee: ————————- USD 550.00
B) Residence Permit Fee: —————— USD 450.00
C) Release Documents: ——————– USD 320.00
D) Entry Clearance Fee:——————— USD 240.00
E) Courier/Dispatch: ———————— USD 130.00
Total: USD 1,690.00 (Single status)

So can you please clarify to me if that real or fake ??

thanks

Ata Kurumsal
Expatguide
Reply to  Mooha
9 months ago

Hello,
We do not know details of this offer, however mentioned amounts are not accurate to actual work permit application costs. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any advance payments as this offer most probably is a scam.

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ro
ro
Reply to  Mooha
9 months ago

I got an offer from the same email verynice ffer and the document that they sent me to sign is written that I have to pay all the fees for visa processing and these will be given back which i consider fake job!!!! never pay

Roberto
Roberto
Reply to  Mooha
8 months ago

I received the same message. is it fake or not?

We have confirmed your employment appointment from the HR Dprt of Goztepe Oil Company-Istanbul. And in order to commence processing your permits into Turkey, please fill attached the Visa form, and send us together with scan copies of identification documents as listed below:

1) Data page of international passport
2) Filled Visa/work permits form
3) Passport sized photograph

Send us also, the Government/Immigration charges below:

A) Work Permit Fee: ————————- USD 550.00
B) Residence Permit Fee: —————— USD 450.00
C) Release Documents: ——————– USD 320.00
D) Entry Clearance Fee:——————— USD 240.00
E) Courier/Dispatch: ———————— USD 130.00
Total: USD 1,690.00 (Single status)

Payment for family status processing is USD 2950 only, and this amount will cover for the entire family. Also include the passport copies/photos of all your family members.

We will send by courier service the original work permit papers/entry visa and all hard copies of documents to your address., please indicate your postal address while reverting with the work permit requirements.

Todd
Todd
Reply to  Mooha
8 months ago

I recieved the same job offer…did this end up being a scam?

Todd
Todd
Reply to  Mooha
8 months ago

I recieved the exact same email

My job offer with “Goztepe Oil Company ” as the email asked me to contact ” Nazli Dost Travels through email: nazlidostravelstr@yandex.com ” for the immediate processing of my Turkish residence/work permits.
I contacted them and they send me that:

In order to commence processing your permits into Turkey, please fill attached the Visa form, and send us together with scan copies of identification documents as listed below:

1) Data page of international passport
2) Filled Visa/work permits form
3) Passport sized photograph

Send us also, the Government/Immigration charges below:

A) Work Permit Fee: ————————- USD 550.00
B) Residence Permit Fee: —————— USD 450.00
C) Release Documents: ——————– USD 320.00
D) Entry Clearance Fee:——————— USD 240.00
E) Courier/Dispatch: ———————— USD 130.00
Total: USD 1,690.00 (Single status)

saurabh
saurabh
9 months ago

I need to travel to Turkey urgently for work. Can i avail e-visa (Business visa) facility and start attending meetings,etc in my company in Turkey and then apply for work visa while staying there on Business VISA?

Ata Kurumsal
Expatguide
Reply to  saurabh
9 months ago

Hello,
Work permit application can not be submitted on basis of visa. 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. After entering Turkey with touris visa you can apply for touristic residence permit and later work permit application can be submitted on basis of this kind of permit. However, please, be informed that residence permit application procedures can take up to three months depending on the city and available appointment dates.

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Zakaullah
Zakaullah
Reply to  Expatguide
9 months ago

Hello
I applied work visa for turkey from Lahore , Pakistan its almost 50 days ago but still i didn’t get any email from embassy .

Ata Kurumsal
Expatguide
Reply to  Zakaullah
8 months ago

Hello,
Official evaluation time of work permit applications is 30 working days, however in some cases, especially while applying from abroad procedures can take more time. Your employer can check the status of your application by contacting Ministry of Labor in Turkey. Once the application is approved your work visa will be issued by the consulate.

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CHEN
CHEN
10 months ago

Hi, I just get an offer letter from Turkey by E-mail, but I want to know why the visa agent, ask me to provide financial proof by MoneyGram, deposit about $3000 USD, it not correct, right? Don’t need any type of personal financial proof for a working visa !! May I correct it?

Ata Kurumsal
Expatguide
Reply to  CHEN
10 months ago

Hello,
Any kind of deposit or financial proof is not required for work permit application. The only payments from foreigner’s side must be done in Turkish consulate. We strongly recommend you to be careful and not to make any advance payments until you make sure that the job offer is not a scam.

Kind Regards,

CHEN
CHEN
Reply to  Expatguide
10 months ago

Thank you!
I found out they is a scammer group.

Charlotte
Charlotte
11 months ago

Hi

Am I able to apply for a work visa before getting employment in Turkey? I want to apply for a role but they ask you have a work visa before applying.

Thanks

Ata Kurumsal
Expatguide
Reply to  Charlotte
11 months ago

Hello,
Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Only an employer can submit work permit application. 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.

Kind Regards,

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