Work permits in Turkey

Why do you need to obtain a work permit?

Many employers employ workers illegally, to avoid wasting time and money in the process that requires obtaining a work permit, but it is best to avoid this because if an illegal worker is arrested, he will be deported immediately.

If you want to work in Turkey as a resident, you will need a work permit and for foreign citizens who want to work or do business, they must obtain a residence permit within one month of their arrival in Turkey, and a Turkish work visa must be obtained for foreign citizens.

And you can apply for a work permit from inside or outside Turkey.

How do you get a Turkish work permit?

After obtaining the residence permit in Turkey, you can start the process of obtaining a Turkish work permit, and you need several documents before you apply for a work permit, which are the following:

  • Four passport-size photos.
  • Copies of the pages of your passport that show your photo.
  • Photos of the passport expiration date.
  • A copy of the last entry stamped in your passport.

If you are looking for a job in Turkey, you will need these documents in addition to an application from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and the company that will employ you will submit this application on your behalf, you will not be able to obtain a work visa without the presence of a company that takes care of you in Turkey.

If you reside outside Turkey, you can contact the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate in your country to apply for your work permit.

It is recommended to obtain a residence permit for a long period, because it is known that residence permits that have less than six months left are deprived of the right to work in Turkey.

Once the required documents are collected, your work permit must be submitted to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and if you are approved to obtain a Turkish work permit, your passport will be stamped with a work visa in Turkey.

What are the advantages of obtaining a work permit?

Once you obtain a work permit, you will be free to work and do business in Turkey, and if you want to establish your own business, many Turkish banks offer loans and there are many commercial grants available to foreign citizens who are looking to establish business in Turkey. Turkey.

If you are looking to establish a company in Turkey, you will have some forms that must be filled out and documented, and you will need to inform some concerned departments in Turkey, and some official permissions and permits.

Are there some jobs banned for foreigners in Turkey?

Some jobs in Turkey are only allowed for Turkish citizens, and they are prestigious jobs such as doctors, dentists, chemists, lawyers and optometrists, and foreigners are not allowed to occupy them.

What are the jobs available to foreigners in Turkey?

Seasonal workers:

This category includes workers appointed by applicable government agreements regarding workers, such as tour operators, and their work permits may last for 6 months, and it must be taken into account that working hours are long and political wages are generally low and depend on commission.

Work for large companies:

Some large companies that have offices in Istanbul are ready to hire and care for foreign employees, and it is preferable to obtain the appropriate vacancy through the Internet or international recruitment agencies, and an experienced sales representative can get a salary between 2000 to 3000 Turkish liras per month, while the sales manager Good ones can get from 3000 to 5000 TL per month.

Teaching English in Turkey:

One of the best qualifications that can be obtained if you are looking to teach English in Turkey is TEFL and the most difficult task is to find a Turkish school to sponsor you to obtain a work permit. Many employers can offer a suitable job in teaching English, but few of them are on the Ready to prepare the necessary papers for work and employment permits. Therefore, if you are offered a job, we recommend that you stay in contact with the employer until you are sure that you have been appointed in writing.

Working illegally:

You may encounter many illegal workers in restaurants and offices around the country, but we do not recommend accepting any illegal work, because the penalties imposed will be severe, whether on the employer or employee and he may be deported, you will not be insured if you Authorities often visit companies to verify that their employees are legally registered and pay the imposed taxes.

Are workers in Turkey required to pay taxes?

Yes, all foreign workers who have a residence permit are obligated to pay taxes in Turkey, and the tax in Turkey is determined according to your work and residence, non-residents who work with contracts in Turkey for short periods (less than three months), they are required to pay a limited tax only. On their earnings while in Turkey.

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