Work Visa Application

Foreigners who want to work in Turkey must apply to the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security in order to get work permit.  

Application at Turkish Embassy in Relevant Country

The  applicant who does not have a residence permit in Turkey or who cannot apply for a residence permit in Turkey, has to apply work visa to Turkish Consulate in his/her own country.  After submitting the application documents, the Turkish Consulate will give him/her the reference number.    We will complete the application by using this reference number and required documents. After ministry finalizes the application possitively, applicant must go to Turkish Consulate again to have work visa stamp on passport.

Application through residence permit:

If any applicant has a valid residence permit for 6 months in Turkey,  The work permit application can be directly made to the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security . Therefore there is no need to get work visa.  

This period may take 2-3 months due to workload density of the ministry .

Note: Foreign employee will not be entitled to work legally in Turkey until the work permit application procedure has been completed.

General Procedures

Examination of the prelimary documents

Determination of the application eligibility

To contact the Turkish consulate in the relevant country by the applicant

Preparation of the necessary documents

Making an appointment from the relevant consulate

Obtaining the work Visa

Arrival in Turkey with the work visa within 6 months

Below Conditions to be fullfilled by the employer and foreign worker;

*The Employer has to employ at least  Five (5)  Turkish personnel in the workplace

Note: 5 Turkish personnel will be required for each foreign personnel

*The Company which will employ foreign personel must have at least TRY 100.000 paid capital. ( If it is not provided, the gross sales of the company are taken into consideration. Sales must be TRY 800.000 or the overseas sales must be at least USD 250.000

*If the applicant is a shareholder of a company ( he/she must have a capital of minimum TRY 40.000 and  the share rate must be at least 20%.)

*The salary paid to the applicant must comply with his/her professional competence

  • 6.5 times the minmum wage for the senior managers and pilots
  • 4 times the minimum wage for the unit /branch directors, architects and engineers
  • 3 times the minimum wage for the teachers ( if job requires speciality or mastership)
  • 2 times the minimum wage for the foreigners who will be employed in tourism , animation or organization companies as acrobats or in similar positions and masseurs or SPA therapists.
  • At least minimum wage for the foreigners who will be employed in household services
  • 1.5 time the minimum wage for the foreigners who will work other than the above

Some work permit applications have been finalized without work permit evaluation criteria, Please get information about current procedures from our company.

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Montage and repairman purposes

Assigned Free Zone Workers

Assigned Artists

Assigned Journalist

Assigned Lecturers and Acedemics

Assigned Sportsperson

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