For the application of work visa for Turkey , the first requirement is to have a letter of job offer and employment contract on which the application could be based since work permit applications are always for a specific position and they are employer driven.
The application should be made from the country of origin, that is via the Turkish Consulate in London for British nationals as well as foreign nationals resident in the UK , unless they are the holder of a residence permit for Turkey which is valid for at least 6 months. Applications for extension of a given work permit can be made in Turkey if accompanied by a valid residence permit.
The fees for work permit and subsequent entry clearance are charged once the application is approved. The Consulate does not withhold the passport during the processing of the application.
It is important to know that work visa procedure is double application in nature, that is while the employee puts a claim for work visa in London, the employer makes a simultaneous application in Turkey by submitting a file to the competent authority, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Department for Work Permits for Foreigners. There should not be more than 10 working days between the employee's and the employer's applications. Some employers who have the experience of employing foreign employees are well informed about this double application feature of the work permit procedure whereas some others might totally be unaware of it. Therefore, foreigners to work in Turkey are advised to make their application only after they have checked that their employers are ready as well to submit an application so that both applications can be combined and processed.
The documents required from the employers are specified in the web page of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security: www.csgb.gov.tr/csgbPortal/yabancilar/eng/sektorler.html
It usually takes 6 weeks for the application to be processed. Upon the receipt of the approval of the Ministry for a work permit application, the applicant is immediately notified of the result and is required to come to the Consulate again with his passport to get the work visa that is the stamping of the work permit in his passport. Applicants who fail to ask for work visa within maximum 3 months after notification have to renew their applications. Issuing work visa takes maximum 3 working days and if the applicant cannot collect it in person, he can give a postal order to the Consulate so that the passport can be posted to him. Foreigners who enter Turkey on the basis of work visa are expected to get a residence permit within 30 day's of their entry.
Occupations banned to foreigners
- Diving, maritime navigation, working on ships, extracting wreckage, exportation of fish, other sea creatures, sand and pebbles
- Working as executive director in travel agencies
- Professional occupations: midwife, dentist, vet, career, pharmacist, optician, executive director in hospitals, judge, lawyer, prosecutor, security guard, notary
Categories exempted from work permit are listed as below
- Foreigners going to Turkey for scientific, cultural and artistic activities for a period not exceeding 1 month and for sports activities for a period not exceeding 4 months,
- Foreigners going to Turkey for the installation and maintenance of imported machinery and devices, for the training and the delivery of such or the repair of devices broken in Turkey, for a period not exceeding 3 months after entry, provided that the situation is supported with relevant documentation,
- Foreigners going to Turkey for the training of the goods and services exported to and from Turkey, for a period not exceeding 3 months after entry, provided that the situation is supported with relevant documentation,
- Foreigners going to Turkey to work in fairs or circuses outside the scope of certified tourist facilities, for a period not exceeding 6 months after entry, provided that the situation is supported with relevant documentation,
- Foreigners going to Turkey to gain knowledge and experience in public institutions or universities for a training period not exceeding 2 years, provided that the situation is supported with relevant documentation,
- Foreigners who are reported by the relevant authorities to provide contribution to socio-cultural, technological and educational areas for a period not exceeding 6 months,
- Foreigners going to Turkey within the scope of programs carried out by the Head of European Union Education and Youth Programs Centre called National Agency for a period limited by the duration of the program,
- Foreigners going to Turkey for work experience within the framework of international student exchange programs, the duration and scope of which will be jointly determined by the the Turkish Departments of Labour and Social Security, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and the Higher Educational Board.
- Foreigners going to Turkey as tour operators for a period not exceeding 8 months after entry,
- Foreign footballers, other sports people or trainers who have been approved by Turkish Football Federation or the General Directorate of Youth and Sports, for a period limited by the duration of their contracts,
- Foreign Ship men to work on ships registered with the Turkish International Ships Registrar to work outside the cabotage line and having the certificate of approval from relevant authorities in line with bilateral protocols concluded with other states on the basis of Provision I/10 of the International Convention on the Training, Certification and Working Shift Standards,
- Foreign experts posted to Turkey to work in projects within the framework of Financial Cooperation Programs between Turkey and EU, for a period limited by the duration of their posting.