WORK VISA AND WORK PERMIT APPLICATION

Revised July, 2020 – Resource, Turkish Ministry Family, Labor and Social Security
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ANNOUNCEMENT – OLD PASSPORT USE AT AIRPORT / BORDER IS END OF LIFE IN TURKEY. NEW APPLICATION LODGED FOR TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD OR  WORK PERMIT ID CARD IN CASE WHERE THE PASSPORT PROVIDED IS ORDINARY AND NOT BIO-METRIC, PERMISSION WILL BE GIVEN TO STAY IN TURKEY UNTIL 01 NOVEMBER 2019.
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WORK VISA TO ENTER TURKEY
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Ordinary Passport holders require Work visa to enter Turkey.
For employment purpose travel, single entry sticker Visa upto 90 days is decided by the Ministry of Labor in Turkey and supplied by the Turkish Embassy or Consulate missions abroad. Work visa process time is 30 days.
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You may find out more about Visa types here, or visit the Turkish Ministry of Foreigner Affairs website for Visa information to foreigners.
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From yearly 52 million Tourist visa visits, only 100.000 enter Turkey by Work visa way. For example the foreigner to find employment in Turkey and invited to work, must apply together with the Turkish company sponsor for process to enter Turkey fast and easy.
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BASIC RULES FOR WORK TO ENTER TURKEY
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NEW EMPLOYEE WHO ENTERED TURKEY BY WORK VISA AND AFTER WHO DECIDE NOT TO TAKE THE JOB POSITION, MAY EXIT TURKEY WITHIN FIRST 15 DAYS FROM ENTRY DATE TO AVOID VISA OVERSTAY AND FINE AND BAN ON ENTRY DURING EXIT.
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IMPORTANT – Turkish employer to sponsor a foreigner from abroad to enter Turkey by Work visa, and after entered Turkey within the first 15 days must continue to activate Foreigner Work Permit ID card by first month SGK social security fee and registration for government healthcare benefit, or the ID Card will cancel.
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An employee who enters Turkey (on travel purpose for employment / special employment or labor purpose) by Work visa must be insured under the Turkish government SGK social security and healthcare at all times, to stay longer and safe in Turkey, and work legal.
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IMPORTANT – Foreigner employee after entered Turkey within the first 20 days must inform the Turkish employer their Turkey home address to activate Residence Permit inside also for residency as you will start to live in Turkey that must be registered in the Turkish national address NVI grid system or the ID Card will cancel.

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  • Foreigners who residence abroad and who will travel to Turkey for employment / special employment or labor purpose the employee shall enter by Work permit and Visa under the employment procedure in Turkey.
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  • Methods and principles concerning Foreigner work permits to be issued to the foreigner vary by relevant sectors such as, Education, Housekeeping services, Health, Tourism, Aviation, Entertainment, and others.
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  • Just as foreigner may not work at every job in Turkey, not just every Turkish employer may hire a foreigner to work on the job site.
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  • Find out more about Work permit criteria for employer and foreigner employee in Turkey.

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2. FOREIGNER WORK PERMIT IS PERMISSION TO WORK IN TURKEY

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In this case the foreigner above age 18 and who is offered a job in Turkey, he or she may be qualified and hired by the sponsor Employer or Turkish company by the method of an employer and employee, signed labor Contract and company Invitation letter for completion.

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The Consulates of the Republic of Turkey will execute online permit procedures for Work Permit application filed abroad, however Work permit applications are concluded by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security within 30-days in Turkey, and not by the Turkish Embassy or Consular missions abroad. Upon Work Permit approvals, the Turkish Ministry of Labor sends out the Turkish Embassy or Consular mission an online instruction, to issue only the Work Visa to the foreigner employee to enter Turkey.

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Check for
step-by-step infographic process on Turkish work permit applications from abroad.
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  • Work Permits have equivalence to Residence Permit when applied from outside Turkey Upon a Work Permit approved by the Ministry of Labor, the foreigner is charged an entry Visa fee, work permit fee and residence fee by the Turkish consular office abroad.
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  • Since Work Permits when applied from abroad, includes Residence Permit also to live in Turkey the annotated Work visa issued in Passport by these offices, can only be used for single entrance and 90 days at maximum.
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    NEXT FOREIGNER WORK PERMIT ID CARD IS AVAILABLE AT ENTRY IN TURKEY FIRST TIME 3, 6 MONTHS UPTO 1 YEAR ISSUED BY MINISTRY OF LABOR AND POSTED TO TURKISH EMPLOYER WITH COMPANY NAME SHOWN ON BACK. YOU ARE NOW INSURED AND A WORK PERMIT BEARER, YOU ARE SAFE.
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  • By the Turkish employer monthly salary and continued government SGK social security contributions you are active within the Turkish labor system, and protected under government Medical insurance, future retirement and pension rights as foreigner.
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  • Turkey Citizenship 2020 – The foreigner employee to start and complete 60 months total stay in Turkey with completed SGK premium payments has the option to apply for passport and Turkish citizenship without the condition to buy property in Turkey or make any investment, continued by the current legislative change.

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3. BENEFITS OF EMPLOYEE TO ENTER TURKEY WITH FAMILY TRAVEL
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During the Work visa confirmation, should family travel be required with the applicant (under the family unity clause) the applicant may sponsor family for Tourism visa without extra documents and enter Turkey at the same time. Each family member is required to obtain different reference number from online visa application system. Each family member should have a separate and complete file and pay the visa fees.
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  • Upon entered the family members should lodge online first-time application for Touristic residence permit in Turkey and continue to live 1 upto 2 year Touristic without work.
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    [In any case family member may option to exit Turkey in 30 days and return back to the country of citizenship or legal stay]

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  • Person above age 18 with valid Touristic residence permit ID card, may enroll in higher education or work in Turkey.
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  • Children under age the 18 may attend public elementary, secondary and high school for Turkish and English language and education, and are free government Medical insured till age 18.


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4. FOREIGNERS WHO ENTER BY TURKISH EMPLOYMENT
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The employee inherits the option to,
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  • continue Work permit extension 1 upto 2 years with current Turkish employer
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  • transfer to new Work permit 1 upto 2 years to new Turkish employer
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  • depart in 10 days to avoid overstay violation in Turkey
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  • transfer in 10 days to Touristic residence permit ID card to live 1 upto 2 years without work, or search work again, or work in Turkey 5 years total and transfer to Turkish citizenship.

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HOW TO LODGE APPLICATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA IN TURKEY?
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Non-Turkish nationals with residence or work permit in Turkey may lodge application and/if required to other countries, for USA visa, UK visa, Schengen or EU residence permit at the foreign Embassies or Consular missions in Turkey as opposed to the long line-ups in their own country.
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Turkey the eastern EU candidate country is next to join the Schengen as the 28th member country.
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The Schengen area is 27 countries (“Schengen States”) without passport and visa, border control between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Foreigner work permit ID card may be used to enter and exit Visa-free at 66 Turkish airports, 180 harbors, and 26 borders of the Republic of Turkey, North Cyprus, Georgia and Ukraine on travel.
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NOTE THAT FOREIGNER WHO LIVES IN TURKEY WITH A VALID RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD  (WITH REMAINING MIN 6 MONTHS VALIDITY) MAY AT ANYTIME FIND A JOB IN TURKEY AND MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO MINISTRY OF LABOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY WITH THE TURKISH EMPLOYER TOGETHER, FOR WORK PERMIT ID CARD TO BE ISSUED IN 6 DAYS.
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HOW TO APPLY FOR WORK PERMIT AND VISA FROM TURKISH EMBASSY ABROAD?

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STEP 1 – The employer and employee have agreed, and the foreigner is hired outside Turkey for employment in Turkey. SIGN LABOR CONTRACT AND SEND BACK TO EMPLOYER
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STEP 2 – WORK VISA APPLICATION AND UPLOAD OF SIGNED LABOR CONTRACT is lodged according to immigration law online for the Pre-Application System for Turkish Sticker Visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in your country to start the Foreigner work permit process in Turkey. PRINT AND SIGN WORK VISA APPLICATION FORM
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FOREIGNER EMPLOYEE MAY APPLY with documents below to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and pay transaction fees for entry. For India candidates apply to Gateway VAC in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad. Pakistani must apply to Anatolia VAC in Islamabad in Lahore or Karachi. All Arab and Gulf countries must apply to VFS Global.
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UPDATE AFRICA COUNTRIES – In 2020 the Turkish Work visa applications are processed at MZVize VAC in Nigeria. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia may process directly at TSA Turkish Service Agency no appointment. Other Africa countries including Ghana and Kenya shall continue WORK VISA application at Turkish Embassy or Consulate missions on schedule.

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  • BIOMETRIC PHOTO
  • BIOMETRIC PASSPORT
  • POLICE CHARACTER CERTIFICATE
  • POLIO CERTIFICATE
  • TURKISH LABOR CONTRACT
  • COMPANY INVITATION LETTER
  • TURKISH COMPANY REGISTRATION

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Next the Employee shall receive e-mail from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate for application in progress. SEND BACK REFERENCE NUMBER TO EMPLOYER
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The sponsor employer or Turkish company will follow-up your WORK PERMIT APPLICATION at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security website, and conclude for approval procedure. 

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The Turkish company shall receive an official e-mail 12-15 days after from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security for WORK PERMIT CONFIRMATION in Turkey. You may proceed to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate with your original Passport + one-way flight reservation booking with departure date + and travel insurance. COLLECT WORK VISA TO ENTER TURKEY

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Start your experience in beautiful Turkey, and enjoy to live and work, or retire as planned..
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SUBMIT APPLICATION FORM
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Please fill the details below and we will evaluate the data to determine your Work permit and Visa eligibility. iResidence application center will contact you shorty with further instructions. For direct contact or questions you may call the Live support center.
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you must be legal age to continue

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