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Work and residence permit in Turkey

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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work_permit_turkey.jpgThe foreign entrepreneurs who want to open a company in Turkey and work in this country should know they need a work and residence permit. The work permit can be obtained even if the applicant is outside Turkey, but he prepares all the necessary documents and sends them to the Turkish authorities.

The foreign citizens who live in their country of residence or citizenship must go to a Turkish consulate or embassy in order to apply for a work permit. The foreigners who have already had a residence permit can send the necessary documents directly to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey. 

What documents you need for work permit

If you want to send, from your country of residence/citizenship, the necessary documents for obtaining a work permit, you need the following:

-    passport
-    work visa application
-    one photo
-    one copy of the employment contract.

On the other hand, the employer must send an application for the employee to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey. The work permit procedure lasts around one month, if all the required documents are sent. If the applicant for work permit needs a residence permit too, he has to apply to the Foreign’s Branch of the Local Police no later than 30 days since his arrival in Turkey.

The foreign citizens who have a residence permit valid for minimum six months can go directly to the Ministry of Labor and apply for work permit.

Foreigners with a residence permit that is valid for minimum 6 months, except for residence permits for educational purposes, can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security for obtaining a work permit.

Documents for residence permit

The foreign citizens who want to work in Turkey or only live in this country must obtain a residence permit before they start to work and in no more than 30 days after they come to Turkey.

The foreigners who intend to live for a long period in Turkey, must present, at the Police Office, the following acts:

-    four passport photos and the passport
-    copies of the pages of the passport
-    a bank statement proving that the applicant has minimum USD 300 for each month he intends to stay in Turkey.

The applicants who want to work in Turkey must send to the Turkish authorities also the original and a copy of the work permit. Many citizens who obtain the work and residence permit in Turkey plan to get married here (or in an exotic destination nearby like Dubai) and start a family in this country and they decide to live for a long period of time here.  

If you need more information about the work/residence permits or you need to set up a company in Turkey, you can contact our local company formation agents.


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