Working in Turkey
Work Permits are either obtained from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (Çalışma ve Sosyal Güvenlik Bakanlığı) or from the Consulates of Turkish Republic abroad.
Essential documents needed are:
- Permission from the Turkish Consulate,
- Population information duly certified by notary public
- Passport photos
To receive the permission from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, additional documents are requested. The applicant is given a two-paged document that includes the requested information. The information may be given on a separate page either typed or printed by a computer.
The declaration form requests the following information
Name of employing company; title; head office address; whether capital is foreign or not; the address the foreigner is going to work at, the type of business the company is involved in; capital information; previous year exportation in dollars; date of establishment; recorded and paid share capital; the total number of Turkish personnel working in the Company and the name, nationality and the position the foreigner has taken part in previous companies.
In addition, the following personal information is
required of the person requesting the work permit:
Passport number; name and surname; name of father and mother; date and place of birth; marital status and nationality of the wife/husband, if married.
If a previous work permit had been issued, then the following information is also required: details of the issuing authority and the date and number of previous permit documents; name of previous company; the term of employment that the foreigner worked in that company, the position he/she held and the reason of severance (non-employment, leaving, separating etc.).
With regard to education, the following information
The applicants' educational status
The names and locations of recent schools the applicant graduated from; and the area of specialization.
If the foreigner has been in Turkey before, the following information is required:
Dates in Turkey, places of residence and an explanation for your presence in Turkey.
Names, addresses and phone numbers of the persons and the companies the applicant is using as reference,
Entity of the position of the applying foreigner in the company,
Proposed term of employment,
Monthly gross salary to be paid to the foreigner .
The reason for employing a foreigner instead of a Turkish citizen.
At the end of the declaration form, there is a date, which should be filled in. The employer and the foreign employee should put signatures at the bottom and the employer a cache in addition certifying that the information given by them is true.
The following additional documents must also be attached
to the declaration form:
Passport copies that are either certified by a notary public or the applicant's Consulate.
Copies of investment incentive certificates and exportation incentive certificates certified by the Foreign Capital Directorate; the activity report of the last(previous) year and the income/outcome table and balance sheet certified by the related tax directorate;
Bank letter supporting the last year exportation if the company is an exporting company,
Other documents such as a photocopy of the permit document if a previous permit exists, letters of recommendation, diploma, etc.
Online follow-up “work permit” application:
Please note that it is now available to follow your “work permit” application online. You can see the scanned original application, establish interactive communication with the personnel and view the detailed stages of your documents at Ministry of Labor and Social Security website . However the page is in Turkish therefore you may need some help.
The declaration form can be provided from the offical website of Ministry of Labor and Social Security, which is given above.
Moreover the latest amendments to the "Law on the Work Permit for Foreigners" can be followed from the same link.
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By Anda 13.8.2006
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By olga_26 20.7.2006
Hello. My name is Olga...i am 26 years old russian. I am comming to turkey in september 2006. I am considering to take TEFL certificate. I am looking into teaching position in russian and english languages over Istanbul. I have got a university degree in english linguistics and intercultural communication. I could teach both english and russian as i am a native russian speaker. I consider myself as an enthusiastic,reliable,educated candidate. Please feel free to contact me at Olya7@inbox.ru Best regards Olga
By Mabel 18.7.2006
Hi ,my name is Mabel. İ am 29 years. İ am peruvian married a turkish citizen. Now i am living in Bursa and i want to work in this country. İ am English teacher and i studied LİNGUİSTİCS in PERU,so i can teach spanish too and besides i have done works in translation (spanish/english and english/spanish) .İ am learning turkish now and i find it very interesting and melodious.Really, i am looking forward to working in Turkey .Please;if you know about some organizations or institutions that require my professional services; let me know . İ would be so much thankful . My email account is firstname.lastname@example.org See you !!! Enjoy life :)
By uneycool 15.6.2006
Hi! I would love to work in Istanbul. I have a perfect writting/speaking English skill, and I don´t speak Turkish. I am now working in Advertising / Marketing career. Just wondering if you can help guide me to find a job which not much related with Turkish language. Thank you.
By jongiovanni 24.2.2006
hello I would like to work in Istanbul because of my girlfriend. I dont speak Turkish. Can you tell me how hard is it to find english speaking jobs in Istanbul and what are the salaries like..? thanks jon
By hannahnmurat 13.12.2005
Merhaba..Im 16 years old and i have a turkish boyfriend who is currently in the army :(...i want to work in turkey when im 19 after i finish my college course..im doing a b-tec first and national diploma in performing arts..and im also doing spanish at college. i want to get sent by an english company to work in ankara and be a entertainer abroad..whilst living with my boyfriend..please someone help me, make my dream come true! I NEED HELP HOW TO DO THIS!!!!
By hollykugu 23.11.2005
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By hollykugu 23.11.2005
My husband is a Turkish Citizen. We have a daughter too. I want to go live in Turkey with him for a while until his papers for immigration are done. Can I get a residency visa if I´m not working there. Our marriage is registered in Turkey but me and my are not yet. What should I do and how long will it take? Thank You
By spez_2k2 10.10.2004
hi. i am looking for information on how to work in turgutreis! i have been going there for 8 years now! i have a turkish boyfriend and i am wanting to work in turgutreis in summer 2005! my friend offered me a job in his shop, but i would like to know what i would need to work abroad! it would be very helpful if you could email me back with some information about working in turgutreis! also maybe the mandalinci hotel! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
By lorraine 22.9.2004
i am currently working for a travel agency called budget travel in ireland. i would be very interested in working in a travel agency in turgutreis or as a rep in the mandalinci hotel in turgutreis. i have been going there the past 12 years. any tips on how i get started??
By rosalindkims 6.9.2004
I am looking into the possibility of starting a small business and would be interested to hear of the experiences of others..
By mymerhaba team 28.6.2004
Dear Veronica and Lea, if you carry your comments to the Forum section of mymerhaba.com you will get more and detailed information.
By veronica.mora 28.6.2004
Hi everybody!!! I´m from spain and i studied chemistry. I´ve got a turkish boyfriend and i´ve been thinking about moving to live in Istanbul. I was wondering if you could give me some information about getting a job in Istanbul for a foreign, is it difficult? I´d be really grateful if you could answer my question. My email address is email@example.com. Thanks in advanced.
By Lea 28.6.2004
I would like to inquire about licensure to ptactice physical therapy in turkey, if there is one. Am an American therapist looking to expand my professional experience, can somebody help me?
By firstname.lastname@example.org 4.5.2004
Hi. My sister and I would like to buy a hotel in turkey. We would live and work in the hotel. Any ideas where we should start? We don´t know how to go about buying a commercial property in turkey (and if we did buy a hotel would we need a work permit to work in it?!?). Are there any reputable agencies or organisations that specialise in this kind of thing? Any ideas or contacts would be much appriciated. Regards, Katrina. (email@example.com)
By dbjones 2.3.2004
Hi Kathy if you took Turkish Nationality when you got married you can work if not its virtually impossible to work leagly
By mymerhaba team 26.1.2004
Dear Sonica, we suggest you posting your message on the Forum or Community Billboard sections for an effective communication with other members. Thank you for your visit.
By sonica 25.1.2004
hi! has someone read my ad at all. please guide me if anyone knows anything about medical transcription jobs in istanbul. thanks
By sonica 18.1.2004
hi everyone! i am an experienced medical transcriptionist residing in istanbul for the past 3 years. since i came here i have been looking forward to work as a medical transcriptionist. i have worked with an esteemed MNC in U.S. and now am looking for an opening here. can somebody tell me if the doctors here require medical transcriptionists at all? Don´t doctors in international hospitals require transcriptionist to keep their medical records? I really look forward to hearing from someone about it
By samantha 27.11.2003
hello i wondered if you could help me im 15 at the minite and want to work in altinukum didim when i get my g.c.s.e.´s im currently learning turkish out of books and have done alot of research on the place the only thing is i wondered what age you have to be when you want to work there i did not know if you could be 16 or not and please could you give me a website that offers information about working in turkey and what jobs i could have. also how you go about doing this. do not hestitate to contact me by mail on- firstname.lastname@example.org thankyou miss s.turner
By Lisa 22.11.2003
hi i am 16 years old and in a few years time i am moving to Turkey with my Turkish boyfriend.i want to start working over there.Any infomation about how to go about this i would appriciate loads.My e-mail is email@example.com thanx
By Emma 5.11.2003
can someone help me? I am going to Marmaris next year for four months to get a job as a hairdresser or waitress. Does anyone know what i have to have in order to do this? my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
By Millie Panton 4.11.2003
I am a 16 yaer old girl and i have been offered a job in a bar called ´the wonder boys´ the resort of Marmaris. I would like to find out if it is possible to get a permit for a job like that! I have benn offered it because i speak english German and am in process of learning turkish any information on this would be most welcome thankyou x
By Kirsty 31.10.2003
I am looking to go and work in Turkey in August next year. I don´t know really what I need to do to be able to work over there. Any help would be great. Thanx
By mymerhaba team 31.10.2003
Dear Christine, We suggest you posting your message on the Forum or Community Billboard sections for an effective communication with other members. Thank you for your visit.
By Christine Van Elsen 31.10.2003
Hi, I am in the process of renewing my working/residency permit in Turkey and just discovered that as from 6/9/2003, foreigners must apply to the ministry of Work and Social Security. I am trying to find more about that - any help would be welcome. Regards, Christine Van Elsen Gocek
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