Work Permit Requirements in Turkey

Can I apply for a work permit in Turkey?

I’m a foreigner in Turkey on a tourist visa: Foreigners on a tourist visa cannot apply for a work permit directly. First, you should apply for a residence permit, ikamet, for work purposes. Apply for a residence permit here

I have a residence permit but it will expire soon: In order to apply for a work permit, your residence permit must have a remaining term of at least six months. You can apply for a work permit after renewing your residence.

I have a residence permit but I will find an employer after obtaining my work permit: The work permit application process requires a lot of documents to be provided by the employer. Therefore, you cannot apply for a work permit without a possible employer.

I have a residence permit for educational purposes: Foreigners holding a residence permit for educational purposes cannot apply for a work permit.  First, you should apply for a residence permit, ikamet, for work purposes.

I’m a refugee in Turkey, can I apply for a work permit? Yes, refugees under international and/or temporary protection – such as Syrians- in Turkey have a right to obtain a work permit under specific conditions.

I already have a work permit, do I also need a residence permit? No, if you already have a work permit in Turkey, you are exempted from the residence permit. Your work permit and/or Work Permit Exemption Confirmation Document serve as a residence permit.

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