Do you want a
Turkish visa to
work or study in Turkey?
You must apply, at least a month before
you plan to arrive in Turkey, to the
diplomatic mission to obtain a work
permit and visa. Here's more information from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular website.
You'll need your passport,
a visa application form,
and a letter from your employer in
Your school, university or employer
should submit other documents to Turkey's Ministry
of Labor and Social Security (MLSS)
within three working days after you
apply for your work permit and visa.
Fully-complete applications are supposedly finalised (that is, a permit is granted or not granted) by the MLSS
within 30 days.
Before starting to work or study,
and within one month after your arrival
in Turkey, you must register
with the police near
where you plan to live in Turkey to
obtain the necessary residence
At some times in the past, foreigners
have entered Turkey on tourist visas,
worked illegally, crossed the border
into Greece or Bulgaria at the end
of the visa period, re-entered Turkey,
and obtained a new visa (valid for 90
days for some passport holders). They
would do this repeatedly, perhaps even
In order to curtail this abuse of
the tourist visa, on
January 12, 2012, the Turkish government
instituted new regulations. Now a "90-day
means that you can visit Turkey for
up to 90 days within any 180-day
period. This means that, after
staying a full 90 days, you must leave Turkey and not return until another 90 days have passed. You cannot
simply cross the border into another
country, stay outside of Turkey for
a day or two, then re-enter Turkey
on a new 90-day tourist visa.
Instead, to continue residing in Turkey, you must apply in advance
at a Turkish consulate for a residence
visa and, when you arrive
in Turkey, for a residence
permit (İkamet Tezkeresi).
Note that after you've entered Turkey
on a work visa and applied for your
residence permit, it may take as long
as two months for
your residence permit to be setd to
you, and during that period you
may not leave Turkey! You
cannot leave the country legally without
your residence permit, or you may have to pay a large fine.
plan to stay in Turkey for
at least two months after you enter
to work or study.
What's it like to move to
Turkey and work? Everyone's life
is different, but here
is one person's view, from Tina Keleş,
a UK native who moved to Turkey in the late 1990s, married, and lived there