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Work Visa (Turkey) in Turkey

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Service Details

Work Visa

Available in the following locations: Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Bodrum, Istanbul, Izmir, Kocaeli , Kusadasi, Manisa , Mersin, Mugla.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.


1Who is this service for?

For applicants with a valid residency permit for at least 6 months

Provided that applicants have a valid residence permit for at least six (6) months and are resident in Turkey,  the employer shall apply for a work visa with the electronic signature on the work permit automation system for foreigners.

The employer must apply to the Social Security Centre to which the foreigner is affiliated within 30 days from the date of approval of the foreigner's work permit, and submit a declaration of employment to the insured.

For applicants outside of Turkey

If the applicant does not have a residency permit, it is possible to complete the  work visa application via a Turkish Embassy/ Consulate.

The applicant will be provided with a 16-digit reference number by the Turkish Embassy/ Consulate.

After acquiring the reference number, the employer shall apply for a working visa with the electronic signature on the work permit automation system for foreigners.

2Potential Issues

While applying for a permit it is mandatory that at least five Turkish citizens are already employed at the workplace. If the applicant requesting a permit is a company partner, the employment requirement for five persons is required for the last six months of the one-year work permit to be given by the Ministry. If a work permit is requested for more than one applicant at the same workplace, the requirement of five Turkish citizens to be employed will be sought.

The paid-in capital of the workplace must be at least 100,000 TL or its gross sales must be at least 800,000 TL or the last year's export amount must be at least 250,000 USD.

However, this shall not be applied for permit requests by applicants who will work in associations and foundations, nor shall the above requirements be applied in the evaluation of work permit applications of applicants who will work in the Turkish representations of foreign state airlines, education sector and domestic services.

The foreign partner of the company requesting permission must have at least 20 % of the capital, which shall not be less than 40,000 TL.

The amount of monthly wage declared to be paid to the applicant by the employer must be at a level compatible with the foreigner's duty and competence. Accordingly, taking into account the minimum wage in force as of the date of application, the minimum wage to be paid to the applicant:

  • 6.5 times the minimum wage for senior managers and pilots,
  • 4 times the minimum wage for unit or branch managers, engineers and architects,
  • 3 times the minimum wage for teachers and those who will work in jobs that require expertise and mastery,
  • At least the minimum wage for foreigners to be employed in domestic services, 1.5 times the minimum wage for foreigners who will work in other professions,

Foreigners who will work in tourism-animation organization companies as acrobats and similar titles and foreigners who will work in jobs such as masseurs, masseuses and SPA therapists must be twice the minimum wage.


Note, that applicants in the following situations are not subject to the above requirements:

  • Applicants whose mother, father or child are Turkish citizens,
  • Applicants who have lived in marriage union with a Turkish citizen for at least three years,Applicants who are citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
  • Applicants who have been granted a residence permit within the framework of Turkish and related communities practices,
  • Applicants who have been granted a residence permit within the framework of humanitarian considerations,
  • Applicants that are granted a residence permit as a result of being a victim of human trafficking 


3What does this service consist of?

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for a Work Permit in Turkey
  • A comprehensive consultation both for the applicant and the employer and all other documents required for a successful application are assembled under the guidance of your lawyer
  • Supervision of the application made to the appropriate governmental bodies, on your behalf, in the correct time-frame
  • You will be informed of the success of the application
  • Liaise with the appropriate government departments until such time as the application is approved and you may pick-up your residency card.

4Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
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