Work Permit Application

In order for foreigners to work in Turkey, a “work permit” must be obtained.

Provisions on foreign personnel work permits have been determined within the framework of the law and applications no. 6735.

Work Permits are issued by the General Directorate of International Labour under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security by evaluating the foreigners’ purpose of coming to Turkey, their nationality, the information of the foreigner registered in the Turkish database, according to bilateral agreements.

Work Permit applications are made by the employer. As Miorec, we produce special solutions for you with our expert team in all of the processes.

The application is made by the employer in Turkey who meets the following criteria:

  • There are 5 (five) Turkish employees for each foreign employee,
  • The paid-up capital of the operating company is at least 100.000 TL or,
  • Its annual turnover is at least 800.000 TL or,
  • Its annual export should be at least 250.000 USD.

Permit to Work Evaluation Criteria are fully available below.

The conditions such as the wage to be granted to the foreign personnel being eligible for the work to be performed etc. are examined by the Ministry.

Miorec examines the documents of the employer and the foreigner before the application, evaluates them and informs them about the eligibility of the application. Positive or negative possibilities that may occur after the evaluation are discussed mutually and applications are made.

The first application is made as 1 year. In the following years, 2 and 3-year extensions can be made if they continue in the same employer. Permission is granted as 1 year when the employer is changed or in transfer applications.


How to apply?

There are 2 types of methods for obtaining Work Permit:


1. Application for Work Permit from Abroad – Application for Work Visa

Applications of foreigners who do not have a valid residence permit for at least 6 months in Turkey are made through Turkish representatives abroad.

Application for Working Visa

(Turkish Consulates)

Foreigners who do not have a residence permit valid for at least 6 months in Turkey make their applications from the Turkish consulates in their own country or the country where they reside. Even if you enter the country with other visa types in the process until this process, legal work cannot be done.

Application for Work Permit

(Ministry of Labour)

With the reference number given in the application made by the foreigners to the Turkish Consulate, the work permit application is made by Miorec to the Ministry of Labor within the legal period. Approval time is approximately 4 weeks.

Processing of Working Visa into Passport

(Turkish Consulates)

After the work permit is approved, it is obligatory for the foreigner to apply to the consulate for the work visa application within 30 days, deposit the legal fees and run the work visa in their passport.

Insurance of the Foreigner and Address Registration

It is a legal obligation to make the insurance entry of the foreigner immediately after the work permit approval (following the foreigner’s entry to Turkey for overseas applications) and to register their address at the relevant Civil Registration Directorate within 20 days.

The permit application is made to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security with the “reference number” obtained from the Turkish Representations abroad.

The foreigner applies for a “working visa” with the file sent to him by Miorec on the day and time of the visa appointment made on his behalf. Application for a “work permit” with the reference number to be granted by the Consulate shall be made to the Ministry. The entire process is executed by Miorec.


2. Applications for Domestic Permit to Work

Foreigners who have a valid residence permit for at least 6 months in Turkey (except for residence permits granted for educational purposes) can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor. Foreigners in this case do not need to apply for a “work visa”.

Application for Work Permit

Applications of foreigners who have a valid residence permit for at least 6 months in Turkey are made directly to the Ministry of Labor. Work Permit application can not be made with residence permits for educational purposes except for graduate and doctorate students.

Approval of Application

For the applications evaluated positively by the Ministry, 1 year Work Permit fee and Work Permit card fee are requested to be deposited. Work Permit is approved upon the payment of the relevant Fees.

Insurance Entry

After the approval of the Work Permit, the insurance entry of the employee is made immediately through the SSI Registration number specified in the work permit application and the salary-position information specified in the Employment Contract.

Address Record

If the address registration process has not been performed in the residence permit application of the foreign personnel, it is necessary to register the address through the relevant Directorate of Migration Administration.

Foreigner’s insurance and address registration

After the approval of the work permit (following the entry of the foreigner to Turkey in foreign applications), it is a legal obligation to make the insurance entry of the foreigner immediately and to register an address at the relevant Civil Registry Office within 20 days.

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