Our foreign residents who want to be employed need a work permit as well as residence permit. The Foreigners Department is the authorized body regarding the work permit.

For detailed information, you can visit the web site http://www.calismaizni.gov.tr or call 170 (http://www.alo170.gov.tr/en)

Applications for work permits can be made inside or outside Turkey:

Foreigners residing outside Turkey shall apply to the relevant Turkish Consulate of either their country of residence or their country of citizenship.

Foreigners with a valid residence permit (valid for a minimum of 6 months, except for residence permits for educational purposes) can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

If the foreigners, who are applying for a work permit from their country of residence, are individual applicants, they will apply to Turkish Embassy/ Consulate with the specified below documents:

·         Work visa application form

·         1 photo

·         1 copy of the work contract

If they are Company Applicant, they shall apply to the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security following the below specified procedure:

·         Online application should be filed in 6 days.

·         Direct application to the Ministry should be filed in 10 days.


If all the documents submitted are accurate and complete, the issuing process will take around 30 days. Once approved, the applicant is informed by phone or e-mail. Foreign nationals need an authorized Turkish citizen with a power of attorney to handle their electronic application as the process requires a Turkish national identification number.


Those who work illegally without a work permit in Turkey shall face legal sanctions.

For the documents required for work permit and detailed information, you can visit our Expat Center.