How to Get a Work Permit in Turkey?

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Applications for work permits can be made inside or outside Turkey:
Foreigners residing outside Turkey shall apply to the relevant Turkish Consulate of either his/her country of residence or his/her country of citizenship. Foreigners with a valid residence permit (valid for a minimum of 6 months, except for residence permits for educational purposes) can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Foreigners applying for a work permit from their country of residence

Applicant Individual to Turkish Embassy / Consulate
- Passport
- Work visa application
- 1 photo
- 1 copy of the work contract

Applicant Company to Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security
- Online application should be filed in 6 days.
- Direct application to the Ministry should be filed in 10 days.

If all documents submitted are accurate and complete, the issuing process will take around 30 days.

Once approved, the applicant is informed by phone or e-mail.

Foreign nationals need an authorized Turkish citizen with a power of attorney to handle their electronic application as the process requires a Turkish national identification number.

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