Turkiye Work Visa Process 2024 – How to Get a Work Permit

A Turkiye Work Visa is an authorized document that allows non-Turkish people to work in Turkiye. This post gives a comprehensive guide on the Turkiye Work Visa Process. People who are interested in working in Turkiye need to obtain a work permit as well as a work visa. Citizens from all countries are required to get a work permit and a work visa, except the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Turkish Work Permit is equal to the residence permit.

The application process for the Turkiye work visa involved two sides, the employee and the employer. The employee is the one who is responsible for securing a Job and then filling out the work visa application. The Employer is the one who will file the work permit application for his employee. Below you can find all the necessary information that you need to know before you start applying.

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Choose the Right Type of Employment for a Turkish Work Visa

When you fill out the online application form make sure to choose the right type of employment type.

  • Employment Purpose/Special Employment Purpose
  • Assigned Lecturers/Academics
  • Assigned Sportsperson
  • Assigned Artists
  • Assigned Free Zone Workers
  • Assigned Journalists
  • Montage and Repairman Purposes

How to Apply for the Turkiye Work Visa?

  1. You must have a Job offer from a Turkish employer.
  2. A Job contract letter.
  3. You can not submit the work visa application without any employment offer.
  4. You should apply for a Turkiye work visa at the Turkish embassy or consulate in your country of residence to obtain a work permit and visa.
  5. In some countries, you may have to file your application to a third-party visa application center, to which Turkiye has outsourced visa submission. For example in Pakistan “Anatolia Visa Application Center” is responsible for filing and managing visa applications for Turkiye.
  6. Your passport, visa application form, and a letter from your employer are the necessary documents for your application.
  7. Other documents are required from your employer and should be submitted to the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) by your employer.
  8. Your employer must have to submit those documents within ten working days after your application.

Work Permit Application

A Turkiye work visa application is worthless without a work permit application. The work visa application should be completed by the employee and the work permit application should be submitted to the (MLSS) by your employer Within ten days.

Your employer in Turkiye should complete an online application at the website of the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS).

Complete the Online Application Form

Once you have secured a Job, and understand the process. The next step is to submit the visa application.

You need to complete the online visa application form. Select your country, and city name from the link and it will tell you the process for filing an application.

If the Turkish embassy has authorized any “Agency” then they will fill out the Turkiye work visa application form.

Processing Time for Turkiye Work Visa

Applications are finalized by the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) within thirty days at the latest.

After Your Arrival in Turkiye

Right after your arrival in Türkiye (before starting to work), you should be registered at the local police department within one month to obtain the necessary residence permit.

Conclusion: This is how the Turkiye Work Visa Process works. The process may vary from country to country. It is best to contact the embassy of Turkiye in your country.

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As Opportunities Corners founder, my name is Muhammad Saim Rasheed. I completed my higher education from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. I have been to Egypt for the AIESEC internship in 2016. In addition, I am an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's (SUSI 2017) Exchange Program. I participated in the Young Leaders Fellowship in the Maldives in 2021, and I went to the International Youth Leadership Summit in Turkiye in 2022. Since 2017, I have participated in numerous fully funded educational and leadership programs. I therefore created this blog based on my own personal experiences, and I mentor students who are eager and enthusiastic about pursuing fully funded opportunities. You can visit the official source for additional information by clicking on the links provided at the end of the post. Read more about me and our partners here.