We help our corporate and individual clients for obtaining work and residence permits both for independent purposes or for employees inclusive of their immediate family members. We draft and file necessary documents and submissions to relevant authorities and our associates accompany expatriates and their families when applications their actual presence is required.

We also represent our clients for litigating against rejections for permission applications, fines issued by administrative authorities or deportation issues.

Work Permit Application and Renewal in Turkey

One can file an application to obtain a work permit in Turkey either while located in Turkey or abroad.

In the case of applications filed abroad, foreigners are required to file an application at a consulate of the Republic of Turkey in the country of which they are a citizen or a permanent resident. The application should be accompanied by a labor contract, letter of assignment, or a document stating company partnership. The employer in Turkey is required to file an online application and submit the required information and documents to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, either in person or via mail, within ten business days following the date of the candidate’s application to a consulate. The consulates of the Republic of Turkey and the ministry will execute online the procedures for the work permit applications filed abroad.

Foreigners whose applications are approved by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security must enter Turkey within a maximum of hundred and eighty days after the date the work permit is issued. In the case of applications filed in Turkey, with the exception of residence permits issued for education in Turkey, foreigners who hold residence permits with a remaining term of at least six months, or employers thereof, may file work permit applications. Such foreigners are not required to submit an application to the consulates of the Republic of Turkey. The documents required for the application must be submitted to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, either in person or via mail, within a maximum of six business days after the online application.

The methods and principles concerning work permits to be issued to foreigners to be employed in Turkey vary by the relevant sector, such as education, housekeeping services, health services, tourism, aviation, entertainment, and others, as well as with respect to foreign direct investments, special foreign direct investments, professional services, and liaison offices. 

Residence Permit Application and Extension in Turkey

Foreigners who intend to stay in Turkey for a period longer than permitted in their visa, visa exemption, or for more than ninety days must obtain a residence permit.

1. Short-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners

Foreigners who own real estate in Turkey or will establish a business or commercial connections in Turkey can apply for a short-term residence permit. The applicant should make an initial application through the e-residence system and submit the relevant documents to the Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration (Göç İdaresi).

Short-term residence permits are issued for a maximum of two years.

A residence permit is invalidated if it is not used within six months.

2. Long-Term Residence Permit for Foreigners 

Foreigners that have continuously resided in Turkey for at least eight years can apply for a long-term residence permit.

The application is made tp Provincial Directorate of Immigration Administration (Göç İdaresi) by submitting relevant documents.

Please contact us to get further information about our legal services for individuals and companies.

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