WORK VISA AND WORK PERMIT APPLICATION

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Revised July, 2020 – Resource, Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security
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ANNOUNCEMENT – OLD PASSPORT USE AT AIRPORT / BORDER IS END OF LIFE IN TURKEY. NEW APPLICATION LODGED FOR TURKISH RESIDENCE PERMIT ID CARD OR WORK PERMIT ID CARD IN CASE WHERE THE PASSPORT PROVIDED IS ORDINARY AND NOT BIO-METRIC, PERMISSION WILL BE GIVEN TO STAY IN TURKEY UNTIL 01 NOVEMBER 2019.
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WORK VISA TO ENTER TURKEY
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Ordinary e-passport holders require Work visa to enter Turkey. For employment purpose travel, single entry sticker Visas upto 90 days is decided by the Ministry of Labor and given by Turkish Embassy or Consulate missions abroad. Work visa process time is 20 days.
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You may find more about Visa types here, or visit the Turkish Ministry of Foreigner Affairs website for Visa information to foreigners.
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From yearly 52 million Tourist visa visits, only 100.000 enter Turkey by Work visa way. For example the foreigner to find employment in Turkey and whom is invited to work, must apply together with the Turkish company sponsor for process to enter Turkey fast and easy.
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NEW EMPLOYEE WHO ENTER TURKEY BY WORK VISA AND AFTER DECIDE NOT TO TAKE THE JOB POSITION MAY EXIT TURKEY IN THE FIRST 15 DAYS FROM ENTRY DATE TO AVOID VISA OVERSTAY.
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IMPORTANT – Turkish employer to sponsor a foreigner from abroad to enter Turkey by Work visa, and after entered Turkey within the first 15 days must continue to activate Foreigner Work Permit ID card by first month SGK social security fee and registration for government healthcare benefit, or ID Card will cancel.
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An employee who enters Turkey (on travel purpose for employment / special employment or labor purpose) by Work visa must be insured under the Turkish government SGK social security and healthcare at all times, to stay longer and safe in Turkey, and work legal.
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IMPORTANT – Foreigner employee after entered Turkey within the first 20 days must inform their Turkish home address to activate Residence Permit ID card that must be registered in the Turkish address grid system,  or ID Card will cancel.

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Foreigners who live abroad and who will travel to Turkey for employment / special employment, or labor purpose, the employee shall enter by Work permit and Visa under the employment procedure in Turkey.
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Methods and principles concerning Foreigner work permits to be issued to foreigners vary by relevant sectors such as, Education, Housekeeping services, Health, Tourism, Aviation, Entertainment, and others.
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Just as foreigner may not work at every job in Turkey, not just every Turkish employer may hire a foreigner to work on the job site.
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Find out more about work permit criteria for employer and foreigner employee in Turkey.

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2. FOREIGNER WORK PERMIT IS PERMISSION TO WORK IN TURKEY
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In this case the foreigner above age 18 and who is offered a job in Turkey, he or she may be qualified and hired by the sponsor Employer or Turkish company by the method of an employer and employee, signed labor Contract and company Invitation letter for completion..
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The Consulates of the Republic of Turkey will execute online permit procedures for Work Permit application filed abroad, however Work permit applications are concluded by Ministry of Labor and Social Security within 30-days in Turkey, and not by the Turkish Embassy or Consular missions abroad. Upon Work Permit approvals, the Ministry of Labor sends out the Turkish Embassy or Consular missions an instruction online, to issue the Work Visa to the foreigner employee to enter Turkey.

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Check here for step by step infographic process on Turkish work permit applications from abroad.
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  • Work Permits have equivalence to Residence Permit when applied from outside Turkey. Upon a Work permit approved by the Ministry, the foreigner is charged an entry visa fee, work permit fee and residence fee by the Turkish consular offices.
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  • Since Work Permits when applied from abroad, includes Residence Permit also, the annotated Work Visa issued in Passport by these offices, can only be used for single entrance and for 90 days at maximum.
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NEXT FOREIGNER WORK PERMIT ID CARD IS AVAILABLE AT ENTRY IN TURKEY FIRST-TIME 3, 6 MONTHS UPTO 1 YEAR ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF LABOR AND POSTED TO TURKISH EMPLOYER WITH COMPANY NAME ON BACK. YOU ARE NOW INSURED AND A WORK PERMIT BEARER, YOU ARE SAFE.
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  • By the Turkish employer monthly salary and continued government SGK social security contributions you are active within the Turkish labor system, and protected under government medical insurance, future retirement and pension rights as foreigner.
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  • Turkey citizenship 2020 – The foreigner employee to start and complete 60 months total stay in Turkey with completed SGK premium fees may option to apply for Turkish passport and citizenship without the condition to buy Turkey property and investment by recent legislative change.

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3. BENEFITS OF EMPLOYEE TO ENTER TURKEY WITH FAMILY TRAVEL

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During the employee Work visa confirmation, should family travel be required with the applicant (under the family unity clause) the applicant may sponsor family for Tourism visa without extra documents and enter Turkey at the same time. Each family member is required to obtain different reference number from online visa application system. Each family member should have a separate and complete file and pay the visa fees.

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  • Upon entered family member should lodge Touristic residence permit ID Card online application in Turkey and continue to live legal and longer.
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    [In any case family member may option to exit Turkey in 30 days and return back to the country of citizenship or legal stay]
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  • Persons above age 18 with valid Touristic residence permit ID card, may enroll in higher education or work in Turkey.
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  • Children under age 18 may attend public elementary, secondary and high school for Turkish and English language and education, and are free government Medical insured till age 18.
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4. FOREIGNERS WHO ENTER BY TURKISH EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACT EXPIRES
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The employee inherits the option to,
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  1. continue Work permit extension 1 upto 2 years – with current Turkish employer
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  2. transfer to new Work permit 1 upto 2 years – to new Turkish employer
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  3. depart in 10 days to avoid overstay violation in Turkey
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  4. transfer in 10 days to Touristic residence permit ID card to live 1 upto 2 years without work, or search work again, or work in Turkey 5 year total and transfer to Turkish citizenship.
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    (Pakistani government does not have Dual citizenship arrangement yet with Turkey).

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HOW TO LODGE APPLICATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA IN TURKEY?
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Non-Turkish nationals with residence or work status in Turkey may lodge application and/if required to other countries, for USA visa, UK visa, Schengen or EU residence permit at the foreign Embassies or Consular missions in Turkey as opposed to the long line-ups in their own country.
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Turkey the eastern EU candidate country is next to join Schengen region and European Union, as the 28th member country.
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The Schengen is 27 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Foreigner work permit ID card may be used to enter and exit Visa-free at 66 Turkish airports, 180 harbors, and 26 borders of the Republic of Turkey, North Cyprus, Georgia and Ukraine on travel.
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Foreigner employee may apply with documents below to the Turkish Embassy and pay the transaction fees for entry Visa. For India applicants apply to Gateway VAC in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad. Pakistani must apply to Anatolia VAC in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi. All Arab and Gulf countries must apply to VFS Global offices.
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Update African countries – The Turkish work visa application in 2020 is processed at Abuja MZVize VAC Nigeria. Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia may apply to TSA Turkish Service Agency directly.
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Other African countries including Ghana shall submit WORK VISA application at Turkish Embassy / Consulate missions on schedule.
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Start your experience in beautiful Turkey, and enjoy to live and work, or retire as planned.

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SUBMIT APPLICATION FORM
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Please fill-in the details below
and we will evaluate the data to determine your Work permit eligibility. iResidence application center will contact you shorty with further instructions. For direct contact or questions you may call the Application Center.
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you must be legal to continue

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