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  1. Good afternoon, I have been looking at getting work in Turkey specifically Istanbul but am having some problems with understanding what I should do in terms of visa/permits. The last job I applied for required a valid residency permit which I didn't have (and only realised I needed after applying and waiting for a response) and I'm guessing that this requirement is going to be the same for future job applications. My current thoughts of what to do are to maybe apply for a residency permit through the Turkish Consulate in London, saying that I wish to move to Turkey to seek employment, and then once there hunt for a job. If by a minor miracle I can get a job, according to another post on this website it seems I would then be able to get a working visa whilst in Turkey. Is this a viable option, or is there an option out there that would be better suited to my situation? Last summer the consulate website said that it can take 6-8 weeks to get either a working visa or residency permit, and I'd rather have something under my belt when applying again just so I can be available to work at a much shorter notice. Many thanks
  2. I found this information about an unlimited work permit while looking for something else. It might be of interest to you Abi. An unlimited work permit may be given by the Ministry to the foreigners, who will work independently, on conditions that they have resided in Turkey legally and uninterruptedly for at least five years and their working shall have a positive effect on employment and economic development DEAD LINK.
  3. Hi. I am moving to Turkey on March next year to rent a restaurant. I know i will need a work visa to be able to work there but can anyone tell me witch documents i will need to take from my country to Turkey? And i saw also that i am going to need a permission from the Ministry of Employment. Where can i get this?Thank you
  4. Hello to all! My company is trying to get me a work permit but I have been given the task of figuring out how this is done!In March, I applied for a 6 month Residency Permit, which means it expires in November. I have a question and was hoping someone could help!!It is in regards to my Residency Permit, is it ok that it will expire in November? Do I have enough time? Will the work permit replace my residency or do I need to extend this as well?Sometimes I read that my residency permit needs 6 months validity but then I read that the permit will replace it? Gosh, it is confusing!
  5. heydo i need a work visa even though i will be getting married to a Turkish national???? living here is confusing : (any advice is greatly appreciated guys : )Carly
  6. I apologize if it has already been posted, but I am currently looking at the possibility of teaching English in Istanbul. I don't have any credentials but an overwhelmingly passionate drive to teach. Can anyone give me any suggestions about the TEFL course/gaining work permits/Visa's? Also I have many native Turkish friends that live in Istanbul. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Note I do understand it may take some time to gain certain credentials and Im not expecting to get answers that will tell me I can just pick up and go with a certificate or two, so please be truthful. Haha.
  7. My RP will expire on 3/3/2014 and will be applying for WP very soon (waiting for documents in the mail required for application). I am aware I need at least 6 months on my RP to be able to apply for a WP and thus will be applying for a RP extension a.s.a.p.Are there any problems with applying for RP extension early?Will any issues arrive from the 'not allowed to work' stamp inside my RP? If so what do I need to do about this?I'm guessing I won't be able to get away with just a 6 month extension as the WP requirements state at least 6 months valid RP. So does this mean I have to extend by at least 1 year?Does the fact that I have been accepted to work here with a company mean I am still required to show $300-500 per month of my planned extension?Appreciate any responses, thanks in advance.
  8. Im a Turkish citzen and an American citzen and I was wondering if I completed nursing school in America, can I do nursing in Turkey? What are the steps for it? I qualify to work in state hospitals since I was born in Turkey and moved to the states when I was 4 years old. I can speak Turkish and English both fluently although my English is better then my Turkish. And another question is it hard to get a job as a nurse in Turkey and what are the wages?
  9. Dear friends, Here is yet another question that came in my mind which I wanted to pose on this community forum. I have seen complete articles regarding how to get a residence permit by purchasing a real estate (apartment). We have to get the medical insurance which will cost at minimum 250 Liras per month and we have to show that we have enough funds to sustain ourselves. The requirement lies between 300$ to 1000$. But someone with his own apartment can live and sustain himself with basic needs of food, internet, transportation on public transport and basic utility bills and health insurance premium for around 400-500 $ per month in Istanbul. The question now is as it is clearly in the title of this thread. The residence permit we get by the purchase of property (apartment) and fulfilling other certain requirements is just a residence permit or is also a work permit? I mean with that permit we can only live or does it also entitle us to work and do business? And if this is only a residence permit which lets people ONLY live and do not work. Then what are we suppose to do to get the WORK Permit? I hope my post is clear and detailed. Looking forward for some help here, Regards, Faisal.
  10. Hello to all, Can I get a work permit if I invest in a business in Turkey? One of the owners is a Turkish citizen (I am aware partnership is never a good idea but I just wanted to ask this question ). The business is a very nice establish restaurant with excellent reviews; they are looking for a partnership. Since I am an American citizen (fluent in English) and also fluent in Farsi, I do not think the work permit should be a big problem. I do not think any Turkish worker can compete with me as far as English and Farsi. I can bring much more American and Persian customers to the restaurant and interact with them much more than an average Turk can (of course, because of my language skills). Not sure about any of these. Please share your thoughts and experience. Thank you Ramin
  11. I have been working as an academic at a Turkish university for the past 2 years. Since I am working for an institute of higher education I have been exempt from Law no. 4187 which requires all foreign workers to have work permits. (Please see here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/immigration-guide). Therefore I have never had a work permit, only a residence permit, which I have successfully renewed in the past.HOWEVER, yesterday I went to Emniyet to pick up my newly renewed residence permit and was told that I no longer needed a residence permit and that my residence permit was now invalid (it now has "IPTAL" stamps on it). But, I was told not to worry, because it was cancelled because the laws changed on April 11 and now I only need to carry my work permit with me and do not need a residence permit anymore. This is true, according to the new laws work permits now are substitutes for residence permits (See Article 27 of Law no. 6458 here: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5167fbb20.html). And I am sure this is great news for people who actually have work permits.I tried explaining to the officers many times that I do not have, and never have had a work permit in Turkey. This residence permit was the only document I had ever been issued in Turkey. They just dismissed me and my questions and kept telling me to carry around my work permit from now on, ignoring the fact that this work permit does not exist.I have scoured all the new laws and no where can I find any information about what someone in my situation should do. I'm afraid that people with exceptions like mine were not taken into consideration with these new laws. (By the way, I do not believe that I fall under the Article 10 of Law 4817 since my exemption was not granted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. See Article 10 of Law 4817 here: http://www.refworld.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rwmain?page=search&docid=4496b3d44&skip=0&query=Law%204817&coi=TUR).If there is anyone in a similar situation, or with more knowledge about these new laws out there, any information or advice would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!!Also, just to give further detail, the only thing close to a work permit that I have is a copy of a work permission letter given by YÖK, but it's literally just a letter that I had to present to get my work visa and doesn't give any kind of validity period or anything like a work permit would.
  12. Hi, I have found the topics discussed on here invaluable as I am hoping to spend a few months in turkey next year. I have really found the info about work permits useful, I tried to find a link to what I can actually do. I was hoping to work with my turkish friend in the leisure and tourism industry. if I cant get a permit to work for him but become a business partner legally, can I then work with him for the season?Thank you so much
  13. Hello I have some questions about the work permit. The requirements for work permit are the same if you want to work in a public school or in a private one? About the certificates, I don´t have a BA, I just have a diploma in ethnomusicology from an university of Spain, TEFL teaching certificate and a similar one for teaching spanish. Do you think that with this certificates I would be able to get a work permit to work in a private school? I´m not talking about a language school, I´m talking about high school or something like this, I think it is call "Kollegi" here in Turkey Thanks
  14. Dear Friends, I am an Indian (engineer) and have a job offer from an automobile company in Istanbul. However they have asked me to arrive on Tourist/Business visa. They will apply for my Work Permit then after. Is it a common practice? I had come across similar article posted by Candle1000 at Please advice. Regards, Shri.
  15. Hi All, I have just received my EK-1 application form from my new employers relocation company in Turkey, and I am in the process of filling it in, and would love some advice. I have a "spent" conviction from 10 years ago, which was spent after 5 years, and according to all the different websites, I no longer need to talk about or disclose spent convictions. My issue is that on the form, it ask "have you EVER been convicted of a crime?" in which case the answer is yes. I received a 1 year community rehabilitation order for getting into a fracas 10 years ago. one mistake in my 38 years, I had a clean record before, and a clean one since with not even as much as 3 points on my driving license. My only worry is that I feel is must declare the conviction due to the nature of the question, but will that hurt my chances of getting a Turkey work visa? hope not, as I've already accepted the promotion, and the UK are in the process of finding my replacement. Any advice on how this works will be much appreciated. Many Thanks indeed. Damon
  16. Hello everyone, perhaps somebody could give me some info about the following:- I've been offered a job working as a freelancer for a company teaching business English via Skype. It's a worldwide company without a base in Turkey. They would NOT BE my employers (this is important) They need my tax number (which I've had for years) but my question is: Am I allowed to work freelance, with my salary then being paid into my Turkish bank account, without a work permit? The answer to that is probably NO. I would have to pay the tax myself here in Turkey. But, how can I pay the tax without having a work permit? I've been reading up on this subject but everywhere it states that one can only get a work permit once the employer has applied for a work permit for the employee. But, working freelance I wouldn't have an employer! All very confusing! Can anyone enlighten me please? Thanks, Jade
  17. Merhaba herkese...I have recently started a 6 month Residence Permit (RP) in Turkey after spending 3 months on a tourist visa. Since receiving the RP, I have also received a job offer with an engineering company in Bursa. Due to unfortunate news in the family I have returned home (to Wales) briefly. The company said the only thing I would have to do is to collect a 16 character reference number from the UK Turkish Consulate in London. After contacting them they require that I submit a load of documents and photo copies and roughly £300 (in person) to begin the process which may last up to 2 months. I will then have to return to the embassy with my passport to collect the stamp etc. (A process described well in the articles of this forum). I was however planning on returning to Turkey a lot sooner than 2 months, more like 1 week. Thus, I have read that holders of a RP can perform the application for a work permit from within Turkey. I have also read that there must be at least 6 months on the RP in order to do this. So what are my options?Can I return to Turkey, extend my RP to over 6 months and do the application for WP from within Turkey? If so what is required of me to perform the application process from within Turkey as I cannot find this information anywhere.Do I have to perform the application here in London, wait in Britain for 2 months and return to Turkey 2 months later once the permit has been approved?Or can I make the application here in London, return to Turkey asap and then return to London 2 months later to collect the stamp and WP? Your advice would be massively appreciated. The embassy have been of no help, merely linking me to the useless information on their website saying they are not authorized to offer more help and telling me that the work visa department doesn't answer phone calls! Thus I have struggled to find this specific information TL;DR I need Turkish WP, already have RP (5 1/2 months remaining), currently in UK, employer only asked me to collect 16 character reference number from consulate, consulate want me to perform normal application (forms, passport, fees and 2 month wait), whereas I want to explore my option of applying for WP from within Turkey as I want to return asap. Or any other options allowing me to return to Turkey asap.
  18. Hey guys, I'm not sure if i'm asking the right Qs or not, but i hope you could help me. I'm a Native Arabic Speaker and i speak English, I've searched for jobs that i can fit in, and there is quite good amount, but seriously who would bother waiting me till i come and make an online interview if he can hire people who is already around !! Now i really want to come - Thinking about this November or December" under a tourist Visa which i think it will give me 1 month. What are my chances to get a job and apply for Residency and work permit ? And if i couldn't find one in a month, what are my options ? can i renew the visa ? or apply for Residency ? Regards, and thanks in advance.
  19. Hello everyone,My husband and I are considering moving to Trukey. He's an English teacher, Canadian with TEFL and 7+ years of experience in 4 countries. Can he get a work permit or he must have a univ degree?
  20. Hi all, I have just been offered a job working in a language school in sirinyer and just wanted to ask a few questions. Is this a safe area? Is it expensive? I have been offered 3,000 TL per month and wondered if this was enough to live on comfortably in Izmir? Also is there a large ex-pat community there, what's the social life like? Any answers of suggestions are appreciated Thanks
  21. Dear collective wisdom, if you can please enlighten me... I will be arriving in Istanbul on the 7th of January to assume my position to a public university. I will obtain a working visa from the turkish consulate beforehand. The university will book an appointment to the police for the 8th of January or any day soon after that. The questions that I have, and in which you can probably help, are: 1) Do I get a work permit and residence permit from the same place? In other words, is the appointment to the police enough for both actions? 2) When will I obtain the two permits (RP and WP)? Is it on the same day or will it take something like 100 days? 3) For work reasons, I need to travel from turkey to Athens on the 17th of January. If I have WP and RP in my hands then probably there is no problem. But what happens if I don't? Has anyone had any puzzle such as that? Thank you in advance for all your answers!!
  22. Hi Everyone, This board looks like a great place to learn about Turkey, I'm so glad I came across it. I have a few questions about Teaching English in Turkey and was hoping someone here might have been in a similar situation, or know the ins and outs of the Turkish system. A little about myself: I am a Canadian. I have a BA in English Lit and History. I have a TESOL certificate. I have 4 years teaching experience. (1 year teaching K-12 in South Korea, and 3 years in Germany teaching adults business and conversation English) I currently live and teach in Germany. First, work permits: How long does it normally take to get a work permit, who usually handles the processing of the permit (me or the employer), and can I apply for the permit outside of my home country (say at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate)?Second, compensation: What is the typical compensation package? Does the employer take care of accommodation, health insurance etc? And what is an average salary?
  23. Hi,I wonder if anyone could help me! I'm a British citizen based in Spain and my Spanish boyfriend has secured a job in a Spanish firm with a branch in Istanbul. Obviously all his residency, work permit etc will be sorted out via his firm. The question is me?! I'm a freelance editor, and plan to continue working with my Spain based clients via the internet from our base in Turkey (this company will provide us with a home). My questions are:- do I need a residency visa? (we plan to be in Turkey for 4-6 years)- would I have any problem getting a residency visa? (And how would I go about getting one if I'm not officially 'working' in Turkey)- do I need a work visa if I work for overseas companies via freelance?Phew! Many thanks, I'd be really grateful if anyone could help me with some advice! Nadya
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