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Residence Permit and Work PermitObtaining a Work Visa in Turkey

If you’re planning to work in Turkey, obtaining a work visa in Turkey is a mandatory step. This guide will help you understand the process of how to apply for a Turkish work visa and the regulations involved.

Understanding the Legal Framework

Foreigners looking to work in Turkey must be aware of the legal framework governing work permits. Multiple Turkish legislations outline the requirements and procedures for obtaining work permits, including Law no 6735 – International Labour Force Law, Law no 6458 – Law on Foreigners and International Protection, and Law no 4875 – Foreign Direct Investment Law.

Types of Work Visas in Turkey

Based on the purpose of your stay in Turkey, different types of work visas are issued. They include:

  1. Touristic/Businessperson Visa: For those visiting Turkey for tourism, business meetings, conferences, festivals, sportive or cultural activities, or official visits.
  2. Official Visa: For those assigned for duty or courier work.
  3. Student – Education Visa: For internships, language courses, education, and education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
  4. Working Visa: Used for employment purposes, including lecturers, sportspersons, journalists, repairmen, and more.
  5. Other Visas: For archeological excavation, documentary purpose, medical treatment, family unification, etc.

Applying for a Work Visa

Overseas Application

If you’re not already residing in Turkey, you can apply for a work visa at the Turkish Consular offices in your country of residence or nationality. You must provide your passport, visa application form, a letter from your employer, and other required documents. Your application will be processed within 30 days.

Domestic Application

If you are already in Turkey and hold a residence permit valid for at least six months, you can apply for a work permit domestically.

How To Apply Turkish Work Visa

The first step is to create an employer record on the e-permit system. This can be done by the employer or the foreigner if they are working in their own name and account.

Once the employer record is created, you can start the work permit application for the foreigner to be employed. The system offers e-government and electronic signature options for logging in.

Documents Required for Application

During the electronic application, you will need to upload:

  • An employment contract signed by both parties
  • A copy of the foreigner’s passport
  • A copy of the Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate
  • A Turkish Trade Registry Gazette that shows the latest capital and shareholding structure of the organization
  • Balance sheet and profit/loss statement for the last year
  • A COVID-19 Undertaking

The document requirements may vary depending on the sector the foreigner will be working in. For instance, health professionals may need a Preliminary Authorization Certificate, while engineers and architects may need a Diploma or Temporary Graduation Equivalency Certificate.

Evaluating the Work Permit Application

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee the issuance of a work permit. Factors such as the monthly wage declared, the number of Turkish citizens employed in the workplace, the paid-up capital of the workplace, and the export amount of the last year play significant roles in the evaluation.

Post-Approval Procedures

Once approved, the foreigner will be charged for an Entry Visa Fee, Work Permit Certificate Fee, and Residence Fee by the Turkish consular offices. The foreigner must register at the local police department within a month of their arrival in Turkey to obtain the necessary residence permit.

FAQ

1. Do I need a work visa to work in Turkey?

Yes, it’s mandatory for any foreign national who wishes to work in Turkey to obtain a work visa.

2. How to apply Turkish work visa?

You can apply for a Turkish work visa at the Turkish Consular offices in your country of residence or nationality. If you are already in Turkey and hold a residence permit valid for at least six months, you can apply domestically.

3. How long does it take to process a work visa application?

Applications are typically processed within 30 days.

4. What documents do I need to submit for a work visa application?

Documents such as an employment contract, a copy of the foreigner’s passport, a copy of the Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate, a Turkish Trade Registry Gazette, and a balance sheet and profit/loss statement for the last year are required.

5. What happens after my work visa application is approved?

Once approved, you will be charged for an Entry Visa Fee, Work Permit Certificate Fee, and Residence Fee. You must also register at the local police department within a month of your arrival in Turkey to obtain the necessary residence permit.

Conclusion

Obtaining a work visa in Turkey involves a series of legal procedures and requirements, which can be quite complex. However, with the right knowledge and assistance, it can be a smooth process. At İstanbul Law Office, our team of experienced attorneys can guide you through the entire process, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Our English and Turkish-speaking team of attorneys is well-versed with the intricacies of Turkish law and has an excellent track record of service. We invite you to contact our law firm for professional legal assistance related to your work visa application.