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Work permit in Turkey

How to obtain a work permit in Turkey

Updated on Monday 18th April 2016

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work_permit_turkey.jpgForeign investors who want to start a company in Turkey and then come and work in this country must obtain firstly a work permit. It is not necessary to come to Turkey in order to submit the documents for the work permit. People who live outside Turkey can go to the Turkish consulate in their country of residence or citizenship.

The employees in Turkey who have obtained a residence permit, valid for six months, may go directly to the Ministry of Labor in order to ask for the work permit.

Documents for foreigners who live outside Turkey

At the Turkish Embassy must be submitted the following acts in order to obtain the work permit:
-    passport
-    work visa form
-    one photo of the applicant
-    one copy of the work contract in Turkey.

The Turkish employer should submit other documents to the Ministry of Labor within 10 days after the request of the applicant.

Acts for foreigners in Turkey

The foreign citizens, who live and work in Turkey and have a residence permit, can submit for the work permit at the Ministry of Labor. They need the following documents, part of them translated into Turkish:
-    a work permit form
-    application form for foreigners
-    passport copy
-    diploma copy
-    CV
-    residence permit.

The employer in Turkey must submit the following documents: a work permit petition addressed to the Ministry of Labor and a list of all Turkish and foreign employees. If the company has foreign capital, it is necessary a document from the Turkish Trade Register regarding the partnership and capital structure.

A work permit is valid for a determined period of time, for example one year, or for indefinite period. Permits may be obtained for independent work or for company shareholders.

The Turkish company that hires foreign employees should pass a few conditions related to the minimum number of Turkish citizens employed and the salaries paid for foreign and Turkish personnel.

The procedures related to work permit last at least one month, but it can take two months until it’s finished. The applicant will receive the conformation by phone or e-mail after the work permit is released. If the foreign applicant has a residence permit and he submits the documents directly to the Ministry of Labor for obtaining the work permit, the procedure lasts one month.

Foreign entrepreneurs interested in working in Turkey may contact our attorneys in Turkey in order to find out more information.