Is it Mandatory for Foreign Nationals to Obtain a Work Permit?

Yes. Foreigners in Turkey must obtain a work permit. Unless otherwise stipulated in bilateral or multilateral agreements to which Turkey is a party, foreigners must obtain permission before starting dependent or independent work in Turkey.

Where is the Work Permit Application Made?

Applications can be made to the representatives of the Republic of Turkey abroad and directly to the Ministry in the country.

How is the Work Permit Application of Foreigners Made?

Applications to the Ministry must be made electronically and signed on paper and submitted to the Ministry together with other documents specified in the annex of the regulation.

When Should I Submit the Documents Required for a Work Permit Application?

The documents required for the application must be delivered to the Ministry within 6 working days following the electronic application.

Who are the foreigners whose work permit applications will not be taken in Turkey?

  • Foreigners with a tourist visa

  • Foreigners who have arrived in Turkey on visas other than for the purpose of working.

  • Foreigners coming with the visa exemption program between the two countries.

  • Foreigners who have come to Turkey by taking advantage of other visa facilities.

  • Domestic applications for work permit of foreigners who do not have a residence permit are not accepted.

What are the Points to Be Considered by Foreigners whose Work Permit Applications Have Been Accepted?

In case a work permit is granted in domestic work permit applications, it is obligatory to apply to the police authorities to obtain a residence permit with a work permit, within 30 days at the latest from the notification date of the permit. Otherwise, the work permit will not take effect.

When should I apply for a Work Permit Extension?

  • In order to extend an expired work permit, an application for an extension must be made within 15 days at the latest from the expiry of the period.

  • Extension applications made after this period are subject to the principles applied to foreigners applying for the first time.

  • It is possible to apply for an extension before the expiry of the work permit if it takes a maximum of 2 months backwards from the expiry date of the work permit.

What should foreigners who send missing documents in their work permit application do?

  • If it is determined by the Ministry that the application is made with missing documents, the applicant is informed with the request of completing the deficiency.

  • The requested missing document must be completed within 15 days.

  • If the missing documents are not completed within this period, the application file will be removed from the process.

What is the Rejection of Work Permit Applications of Foreigners?

  • The situation in the market and developments in working life, the sectoral and economic conjuncture changes regarding employment are not conducive to issuing work permits,

  • For the job applied, the presence of a person with the same qualification who will do this job within a four-week period in the country,

  • The negative opinion of the Ministry of Internal Affairs,

  • The work of the foreigner poses a threat in terms of national security, public order, public interest, public morals, and general health.

What are the Cases of Cancellation of Work Permits of Foreigners?

  • In case the foreigner works in violation of the restrictions listed in the laws,

  • In case of the existence of one of the conditions stipulated in the rejection of the work permit applications of foreigners,

  • If it is later determined that the foreigner or her/his employer provided incomplete information in the work permit request petition,

  • If it is determined later that the foreigner or his/her employer has given false information, the Ministry cancels the work permit and notifies the relevant Ministry.

Which cases do work permits given to foreigners lose their validity?

  • The decision to deport the foreigner has been taken,

  • Prohibition of foreigner from entering Turkey,

  • Failure to extend the validity period of the foreigner's passport or passport substitute,

  • If the foreigner stays abroad for more than 6 months without interruption, except for force majeure, it also loses its validity.

What should the foreigner whose work permit application is rejected - the foreigner whose work permit has been cancelled - the foreigner whose work permit is invalid?

  • The Ministry notifies the foreigner or the employer, if any, of its decision regarding the rejection of the request for granting or extension of the work permit, the cancellation of the work permit or the expiry of the work permit.

  • The person must object to the decisions himself/herself or through his/her lawyer within 30 days from the date of notification.

  • In cases where the objection is rejected by the Ministry, the foreigner himself/herself or his/her lawyer should file a lawsuit within the time limit.

As we briefly mentioned above, some documents must be prepared and submitted in the legal procedures required for the short-term residence permit of foreigners. Information regarding these documents must be made correctly. For this reason, it is necessary to obtain information from lawyers who are experts in the field in the short-term residence permit procedures of foreigners. We provide services such as Ankara foreign short-term residence - residence permit lawyer, Istanbul Foreign short-term residence - residence permit lawyer, Antalya foreign short-term residence - residence permit lawyer and Izmir Foreign short-term residence - residence permit lawyer, which are frequently sought in this field.

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