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Work Permit, Passport

Work Permit

A work permit in Turkey is required for foreign nationals who wish to work or engage in business activities in the country. The process of obtaining a work permit can be complex and time-consuming, requiring careful attention to documentation and legal procedures. There are several different types of work permits available in Turkey, including short-term permits, permanent permits, and specialized permits for certain industries or professions.

The work permit application process in Turkey generally involves the following steps:

  1. The employer applies for a work permit: The employer in Turkey must apply for a work permit on behalf of the foreign employee. The application can be made online through the Ministry of Interior's e-ikamet website.

  2. Submission of required documents: The employer must submit the necessary documents to support the work permit application, including the foreign employee's passport or travel document, diplomas or certificates, and proof of work experience.

  3. Review and evaluation of the application: The application will be reviewed by the relevant authorities to ensure that it meets the criteria for work permit applications in Turkey.

  4. Decision on the application: If the application is approved, the work permit will be issued within approximately 30 days.

  5. Work permit delivery: The work permit will be delivered to the employer, who will then provide it to the foreign employee.

It is important to note that the work permit application process in Turkey may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the application, such as the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the foreign employee, and the duration of the employment.

At our law firm, we have extensive experience helping clients navigate the process of obtaining a work permit in Turkey, and we can provide expert guidance and support every step of the way.


To begin the application process, the employer in Turkey must first submit a work permit application on behalf of the foreign national employee. The application must include a range of documents, including a valid job offer, a valid passport, a diploma or degree, a criminal record check, and a medical report.

Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the relevant authorities. If the application is approved, the foreign national employee will be issued a work permit that is valid for up to one year. After one year, the permit can be renewed for additional periods of one year each, up to a maximum of six years.

During the application process, it is important to ensure that all documentation is complete and accurate and that all legal requirements are met. Working with an experienced legal professional can help to ensure that the application process goes smoothly and that the work permit is obtained in a timely manner.

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