Work Permit

work permit

Work Permit is offical document that is issued by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services General Directore of International Labor. Given permit grants the right to work and reside in Turkey for foreigners. Also remember that, foreigners must obtain permission before starting work dependently or independently in Turkey According to the International Labor Act No. 6735.

How To Apply For Work Permit in Turkey

There are two different ways to apply for work permit;

  1. Applying from abroad through the Turkish Consulates
  2. Appliying directly to Directore of International Labor in Turkey. (Only applicable for those who have a residence permit in Turkey)

Work Permit Application From Abroad

This is a two-step process;

In the first step foreigners must apply to Turkish consulate to obtain 16 digits reference number and pass it to the employer.

In the second step employer  must apply to Directore of International Labor using the reference number provided by Turkish consulate to employee.

Here is the all process Turkish work permit application step by step;

  1. Fixed term employment contract signed between employer and foreigner
  2. Foreigner applies to Turkish Consulate with contract and legal documents of employer in order to get reference number of application
  3. Employer or authorized person/company (such as our company T4) of employer register the company to e-application system of Directore of International Labor uploding required documents
  4. Employer or authorized person/company (such as our company T4) of employer apply to authority using e-signature of employer and also reference number provided by Turkish Consulate
  5. In case application accepted permit and card fees paid 
  6. After payment received work permit card issued and sent to employer’s address 
  7. Employer gets foreigner’s social security activated within 30 days the foreigner enters to country

Work Permit Application From Turkey

In case of foreigner has residence permit in Turkey which is given at least for 180 days (Total validity days considereed not the remaning days of residence permit) application of work permit can be sent to Directore of International Labor directly.,

Here is your step by step domestic Turkish work permit application guide;

  1. Fixed term employment contract signed between employer and foreigner
  2. Employer or authorized person/company of employer register the company to e-application system of Directore of International Labor uploding required documents
  3. Employer or authorized person/company (such as our company T4) of employer apply to authority using e-signature of employer and also reference number provided by Turkish Consulate
  4. In case application accepted work permit and card fees paid 
  5. After payment received card issued and sent to employer’s address 
  6. Employer gets foreigner’s social security activated

work permit in Turkey


Required Documents For Work Permit

There are documents should be provided by the employers and foreigners. So here we will split the list of required documents for work permit in Turkey.

Fixed Term Employment Contract is the common document for both side. It should be stamped and signed by employer and signed by employee. Apart from the contract documents must be provided given below;

For Employer

For Foreigners

Certificate of Activity Passport Copy
Financial Statement Translated Diploma Copy
List of Insured Employees 1 Biometric Photo

Be also aware of that

  • If the employee is a health professional, employer should obtain a pre-permit document from Ministry of Health.
  • If the employee will work for an educational institution emloyer should obtain a pre-permit doucment from Ministry of Education.
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Prohibited Occupations For Foreigners in Turkey

  • Customs Brokerage
  • Tourist Guide
  • Pharmacist
  • Managing Director of Private Medical Institutions
  • Dentistry (dentist, dental surgery)
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary
  • Lawyer
  • Notary
  • Security staff
  • Exportation of fish, shell, pearl, coral, sponge, etc.
  • Diving, maritime pilotage, and captainship, engineering, crew, auxiliary, and mariner on ships, within the territorial waters