Types of Turkish Work visas
Applying for a Turkey Work Visa pertains to the following “types of employment”:
- Employment and Special Employment Purposes
- Assigned Lecturers and Academics
- Assigned Sportsperson
- Assigned Artists
- Assigned Free Zone Workers
- Assigned Journalists
- Montage and Repairman Purposes
Successfully fulfilling the Turkey Work Visa application process involves applying for a Turkey Work Permit.
Types of Turkish Work Permits
Temporary Turkey Work permit
- If you are a first-time applicant, you are given a limited period of no more than 1 year to work in Turkey.
- If you want to work beyond the 1-year limit, you must apply for an additional 2 years and be in the same line of work with the same employer.
- If you wish to work beyond the extended 2 years limit, you must apply for an additional 3 years and be in the same line of work with the same employer.
Indefinite Turkey Work permit
If you are a foreign national, who has been legally residing/working in Turkey for at least 8 uninterrupted years, you can apply to work for an unlimited period of time. Your education/work experience, contribution to science, or investment in Turkey are factors taken into consideration.
Independent Turkey Work permit
If you are a professional foreign national, who has been legally residing in Turkey for at least 5 uninterrupted years, you can apply to work for a (limited) period of time.
You must meet all conditions of relevant Turkish laws.
You must prove that your work has a significant impact on Turkey’s economy and employment through your:
- level of education
- professional experience
- contribution to science and technology
- investment in Turkey, or capital share (if you are associated with a foreign company)
Turkey Work visa requirements
The foreign applicant must apply for a Turkey Work Visa with the following documents:
How to apply for a Turkish Work visa:
At this point, the Turkish employer takes over the process and initiates your application for your Turkish Work Permit.
How to register Turkish work permit information for foreign employees who have a valid residence permit
The Turkish employer must:
- Apply to the Turkish Social Security Center (in the area where the foreign employee will be working) within thirty (30) days from the date the foreign employee entered Turkey.
- Submit an entry declaration that the foreign employee is insured.
The foreign employee must register his/her address at their nearest civil registry office, within twenty (20) days from the date you entered Turkey
Turkey visa FAQ
All foreign nationals are eligible to work in Turkey and apply for a Turkish work visa and work permit, with the exception of nationals from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, who do not require a Turkish work visa and permit to work in Turkey.