Revised January, 2020 – Resource, Turkish Ministry Family, Labor and Social Security
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ANNOUNCEMENT: ORDINARY OLD PASSPORT USE AT AIRPORTS / BORDERS WILL BE END OF LIFE IN TURKEY. 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 e-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 and given by 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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For example the foreigner to find a job in Turkey here may apply for Foreigner work permit ID card + work visa and easily enter Turkey.
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NEW EMPLOYEES WHO ENTER TURKEY WITH WORK VISA AND AFTER DECIDE NOT TO TAKE THE JOB POSITION, MAY EXIT TURKEY WITHIN THE FIRST 15 DAYS FROM ENTRY DATE TO AVOID VISA OVERSTAY.
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IMPORTANT: Turkish company to sponsor a foreigner from abroad to enter Turkey by Work visa, and after entered 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 benefits.

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Foreigners who live 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 foreigners 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 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.
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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, 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, the annotated Work visa issued in e-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 THE 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 SGK government social security contributions (for min wage is USD 150 monthly) 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 Update 2019-2020: The foreigner employee to start and complete 60 months total stay in Turkey with completed SGK premiums has the option to apply for e-passport and Turkish citizenship as first choice for citizenship without the condition of 250.000 USD property purchase, 500.000 USD investment or Turkish marriage by recent 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,
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  • to continue Work permit extension 1 upto 2 years with current Turkish employer
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  • to transfer to new Work permit 1 upto 2 years to new Turkish employer
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  • to depart in 10 days to avoid overstay violation in Turkey
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  • to transfer in 10 days to Touristic residence permit ID card to live 1 upto 2 years without work, or search work again.

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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). Turkey the eastern EU candidate country is next to join the Schengen as the 29th member country.
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The Schengen area covers 28 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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From 3 million Turks born, living and working in Germany, Turkey holds many bilateral agreements since 1957, just as 5 million German tourists visit to sunny Turkey per year. Apply for Schengen visa from Turkey at authorized iData visa application center for travel to Germany and Italy.

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Foreigner as candidate, if the passport is fresh, if you have no travel history, if you have been visa denied before, or even who has an active ban on entry or deport (for visa overstay violation only) may find a job in Turkey and sign a Labor contract + Invitation letter, and enter Turkey with the powerful Work visa (and delete the deport record as choice).
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HOW TO APPLY FOR WORK PERMIT AND VISA FROM TURKISH EMBASSY

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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 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 EMPLOYEES MAY APPLY with their documents below, to the the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and pay transaction fees for entry. For India and Nepal apply to Gateway VAC in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad. Pakistani must apply to Gerry’s Visa Drop-box Contact Centers and (new) Anatolia VAC in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi. All Arab and Gulf countries must apply to VFS Global offices.
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2020 Announcement 4 African countries: 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 shall continue WORK VISA application at Turkish Embassy / Consulate missions on schedule.

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  • BIOMETRIC PHOTO
  • BIOMETRIC E-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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STEP 3 –
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 e-mail 12-15 days after from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security for WORK PERMIT CONFIRMATION in Turkey. Proceed to Turkish Embassy or Consulate with your original e-passport + one-way flight reservation / booking with confirmed date + travel health 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 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, WhatsApp 90 (552) 630-1880.
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you must be legal age to continue

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