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  1. If you have exceptional education, skills, or abilities that the Republic of Turkey needs, you may apply for a program that will allow you to live and work in Turkey on a permanent basis. What is the Turquoise Card? The Turquoise Card is a work permit that enables a foreigner to live and work anywhere in Turkey, in a profession which benefits the country. It's given on a case-by-case basis to foreigners who have exceptional education, talent, or skills, have made significant investments in the country, or have promoted Turkey and Turkish culture worldwide. The Turquoise Card is i
  2. To work in Turkey, you must have a work permit. It's the employer who applies for the work permit, as you provide documents required for the application. In this article, I'll teach you how to get your first work permit while outside or inside Turkey, then cover other types of work permits you might apply for. I'll also cover the types of work permits available, the benefits of working in Turkey, and the restrictions you should know as you search for a job. What is a Work Visa? A work visa is a sticker issued by Turkish embassies and consulates. It's applied to one of the pages i
  3. This article is about the process of applying for a work permit from inside Turkey, after living in Turkey for a required six months. To learn about applying for a work visa and work permit from outside of Turkey, see Apply for a Work Visa and Work Permit from Outside of Turkey: Eligibility, Required Documents, and the Application Process. Turkey Work Permit Rules To work in Turkey, you must have a work permit. To apply for a job and get a work permit while in Turkey, you must be a resident of Turkey for at least six months. You must have a job offer before you can appl
  4. Many foreigners get jobs in Turkey and travel to Turkey for work. Briefly, it works like this: Find a job in Turkey. Apply for the job. Get a job offer from the employer. Accept the job. Take the job offer or contract to a Turkish embassy to apply for a work visa. Pick up the work visa and travel to Turkey. Get your work permit from your employer and start working. While you're applying for your work visa, your employer, in Turkey, will be applying for your work permit. These two things happen at the same time. You'll be providing documents suc
  5. After you've lived in Turkey for eight years, you become eligible to apply for an unlimited work permit, which allows you to work for any employer, or for yourself in your own business. What is an Unlimited Work Permit? An Unlimited Work Permit is a permission to work in Turkey for life, for any employer, without the usual restrictions imposed on foreign workers. It may be issued to any foreigner who has a Long-term Residence Permit or has worked continuously in Turkey for at least eight years. The Unlimited Work Permit also serves as a residence permit. They are issued by the Aile, Ç
  6. There are labor laws in Turkey designed to maximize Turkish citizens' employment opportunities, which restrict employers from hiring too many foreigners. The Main Rule A Turkish employer can't hire a foreigner to do a job that an unemployed and qualified Turkish citizen can do unless the employer has already hired five Turkish citizens. This restriction doesn't apply if the job requires specific skills only a foreign employee can do, for example, speaking or teaching a foreign language. It also doesn't apply to foreigners with an unlimited work permit or a Turquoise Card. Yo
  7. There are some career fields in Turkey in which only Turkish citizens can work. So unfortunately, even if you're qualified to work in these fields, you won't be allowed to work in them. Here's a list of the professions which are off-limits to foreigners: Dental medicine and dentistry Nursing Pharmacy Veterinary Medicine Private Hospital Director Advocacy Notary Public Private security officer Exportation of fish, oysters, mussels, sponges, pearls, corals, or working as a diver, explorer, guide, captain, or crew involved in these activitie
  8. It's illegal to work in Turkey without a work permit. Some employers may hire you to work illegally, since they won't have to register you with the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration) or pay anything towards your healthcare, retirement, or other benefits. It's strictly a cash deal, paid after you provide your services. Your employer might not pay you at all. You'll be helpless to do anything about it, since you'll have no rights to assert. How You Can Get Caught There are three main ways you can get caught working illegally: A surprise inspection of yo
  9. This article is for those who will be applying for work in Turkey from outside Turkey. If you have already been in Turkey with a residence permit for at least six months, see: Apply for a Work Permit While in Turkey: Eligibility, Required Documents, and the Application Process. If you want to travel to Turkey for work, you must first find a job and have a job offer or contract from an employer. You'll then attend an appointment at a Turkish embassy or consulate and get a reference number to send to your employer. Your employer will then apply for your work permit, as the Turkish embassy o
  10. My company has submitted all the work permit requirements on 14th of January 2021 (domestic application), how long does it usually take the ministry to approve my application and send the card to the company?
  11. I live in Turkey on a Short Term Resident Permit granted on the basis of home ownership. It does not entitle me to work in Turkey. My question is this. I want to make a Turkish version of one of my books available for purchase via a Turkish print-on-demand publishing company. I will earn a royalty for each copy sold. Although this is not working per se, would this contravene the terms of my ikametgah? I've looked at the GOC website and the Ministry of Labor site (to the best of my ability) and found no useful information. Can anyone point me in the direction of a definite answer? Thanks.
  12. I have a residency card that expires on Feb 5th. And currently waiting for my interview date to change the address, The process will almost certainly end after August 5th. Which means I'll have a residence card that expires in less than 6 months. How do I apply for a work permit in this situation? My future employer tried to apply for me, but my address isn't showing up in their online portal. I asked one of those private offices that help with that process, and they told me, I can still apply in the Turkish embassy back home, even if I'm a resident of Turkey.
  13. Susie151

    Moving to Izmir

    Hello All! I'm a 25 years and would like to move to live and work in Izmir on my own. How do you think would it be hard to find a job remotely while I'm in my home country? I have applied for several positions through kariyer.net, but got no luck yet :( Thank you in advance! Susie
  14. I have a question regarding the Turquoise card. Can a foreign student (who has completed his/her degree here in Turkey) apply for the Turquoise card?
  15. I am from Algeria, and I have Turkish residency. I was working with a hotel last month they made for me work permit, i quit working there because they lied about do many Things and their system was really bad and because of that i got sick , and when i said i quit they didn't want to give my salary , and when i asked him to cancel my work permit because i want to work in another hotel he made me wait 2 weeks until he take my full salary , and then he said i canceled , but now the hotel i want to work with tried To apply for new one but they found that they still didn't cancel, what can i do
  16. After the expiration of work permit, can an expat stay legally in Turkey for tourism purpose (say for another 30 days)? Or is it mandatory for the expat to exit Turkey when the work permit expires? I also heard that after exiting Turkey because of work permit expiration, an expat can only return to Turkey in next 3 months. Can anybody help me to clarify this information?
  17. I've been living here in Turkey for around 10 months now, I have a 2 year residence permit and bought a house after getting my permit. After setting up a private company here with the intention of doing business, expenses have mounted tremendously and my savings have certainly dwindled. I searched about this but couldn't find a clear answer and I feel that very often even when asking a government official, they don't have an answer (plus my Turkish is not so fun to interact with). Can I apply for a job and get a work permit without having to change my residence permit? I feel it will be a
  18. I have working visa and it will be expired this end of the year. Can I apply residence visa instead of working visa again and how?
  19. Hi! Does anyone here knows the process for applying for a work visa for a domestic helper coming from another country? My daughter is a Filipina architect married to a Turkish Pilot - they're based in Istanbul and are expecting their first baby in 2 months. They want to hire a helper from the Philippines. How long is the usual process for work visa application?
  20. Thank you to all the people helping others out in this forum. I have a question in relation to starting a business but since there is no dedicated forum about business, I am trying here. I am a US Citizen and own a small technology consulting company. I am considering setting up a branch in Turkey as it allows good access to both Europe and Middle East; I want to start very small in the beginning, nothing more than an address in the beginning but hope to get a small office and possibly hire a local to manage marketing and communications. I personally will only be visiting Turkey occasiona
  21. My question, precisely, in a case that an online business is opened and products will be destined to Export ; so it will not be destined to the Turkish Market and money will be received in Turkey as the Residence will be there. Is a work permit necessary? Also, I heard this but it seems not to be logical: As you're not Turkish and you open a business online even with Turkish Market; it's not necessary to have a work permit?
  22. Hi I am looking for a bit of help. So I came to Turkey in 2012. I got my first rp and then my second one with no problems. on my 3rd rp I got caught in the new system and had a 2 day overstay. the police at the station told me to just go to Bulgaria for 24 hours and then come back and do the new appointment within 10 days. so off I went. I had a fine of 400 lira for just 2 days. I have heard that it depends on the mood of the people for the amount. there was a kid in front of me who had stayed 2 months and got the same amount. maybe the difference was that I wanted to come back and he w
  23. My residence permit was due for renewal in July. However, I have a work permit card up to December and thought that this would suffice as an RP. My job finished in August and the school would then have had to cancel the work permit. I recently tried to renew my RP and was told by an official in Izmir that I can't renew it. She said I should leave the country and upon returning get an e visa and then apply for the first time. Does anyone have any suggestions or know of someone who was in a similar situation?
  24. Hello I am an Architect from Pakistan. I want to join a short term course to learn wood work( furniture making) in Turkey which lasts max of 3 months time. I cant find any academies in turkey which provide short courses in Interior Design, Furniture Making or any technical education, as in other countries. Other than this i will be visiting Turkey for the first time in 2017. I want to spent the whole month for which my visa would be applicable. Hotel stay is not affordable for 30 days so i searched the internet for renting a flat or apartment. I found many sites and accommodatio
  25. If I know of a Turkish person who has a company and they'd be willing to get me a work permit as a favor, how hard would it be for them to get the work permit and for them to maintain it for 3 years so I can get Turkish citizenship at the end? What kind of hassle would there be for that person because I may or may not actually work for them, but on paper I would be their employee for 3 years. It's just a hypothetical question of course!
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