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1.       catwoman
8933 posts
 22 Sep 2007 Sat 06:41 pm

Here's an interesting article about the laws and regulations regarding foreigners who want to work in Turkey:

The increasing difficulty in managing foreign workers has been caused in large part by the lack of standardization of controls among the institutions that have the power to grant permits as well as the need to comply with harmonization efforts to EU standards. The unfair competition caused by employment of illegal workers gave way to the adoption of Law no. 4817, which vested full authority in the Labor and Social Security Ministry with regard to the employment of foreigners in our country. After the implementation of this law in 2003, the employment and training of foreigners are now subject to prior permits. The same law also outlines details of alien permits and the principles governing their employment in Turkey.

This regulation is particularly important at a time when the number of foreign workers employed in Turkey is on the rise. However, despite the new law, there are still a substantial number of foreigners who are working illegally. The issue of illegal alien workers is so serious that while the number of workers employed under the new permit regulations is 26,097, the number of illegal workers is estimated to be several million.

Under the current legal arrangements, unless envisaged otherwise in bilateral or multilateral conventions Turkey is party to, foreigners are required to obtain a work permit ahead of their employment in the country. Under some rare conditions, the permit may be granted after the commencement of employment. Therefore, a foreigner seeking employment in Turkey should follow the steps described below:

First, he or she should file an application for a work permit through the relevant Turkish mission,

Second, he or she should obtain a visa in connection with the permit at the relevant Turkish mission,

Third, before employment, he or she should obtain a residence permit from the relevant security directorate for the purpose of employment.

The few exceptions to these steps are in the cases when there is no visa requirement, or if the employee is able to obtain the work permit in Turkey.

Which foreigners are not required to obtain work permits?

Those who dropped their native Turkish citizenship with prior approval may benefit from the labor rights enjoyed by regular Turkish citizens. They are not required to obtain a work permit, visa or residence permit for employment in Turkey.

Foreign reporters and press members do not have to obtain work and residence permits for employment in Turkey. However, the employer is obligated to inform the Labor Ministry of the most recent status of the relevant press member (i.e., commencement of employment, interruption of employment or its termination).

Foreigners employed by ministries other than the Labor Ministry are not required to obtain work permits or visas.

Foreigners who fall into the exemption category because of reciprocity, general principles of international law and European Union law do not need a work permit or visa for employment in Turkey. For instance, in the case of Turkey’s accession to the EU, the notion of alien will transform, so the legislation has already been harmonized to ensure adaptation for the future situation.

In addition to the above categories, the following groups of foreigners are entitled to employment in Turkey without obtaining a work permit subject to the compliance of their obligations under the relevant laws. It should be noted that their entitlements are considered a legally exceptional right.

a- Those who are exempted from work permit regulations under bilateral and multilateral conventions that Turkey is party to.

b- Foreigners with outside residence who come to Turkey for scientific, cultural or artistic activities that will last less than a month.

c- Those who are called in Turkey to give training on the use, assembly, maintenance and repair of imported machines and equipment, or to take delivery of equipment or to repair equipment broken in Turkey, with the condition that their stay should not exceed three months and the purpose of the trip should be proven via certified papers.

d- Those who are in Turkey for the purpose of giving training on the use of exported or imported goods and services, with the condition that their stay should not exceed three months and the purpose of the trip should be proven via certified papers.

e- Those who are in Turkey for a period of no more than six months as an attendant or performer in fairs or circus performances staged in Turkey.

f- Foreigners who are in Turkey for educational purposes, either in universities or public institutions. In this case, the stay is limited to the study period and subject to the submission of certified proof.

g- Those whose names are referred to the relevant authorities as major contributors to Turkey in the socio-economic, technological or educational fields, with the condition that their stay should not exceed three months,

h- Students who are in Turkey for internship opportunities provided within reciprocal practices or student exchange programs. The stay is limited to the internship period.

i- Foreigners who will work in national or international projects that will be implemented by consortiums or in compliance with bilateral or multilateral agreements Turkey is party to, or in international organizations, with the condition that their stay should not exceed one year.

j- Foreigners who are based in Turkey as tour operator representatives whose term does not exceed six months within one year.

k- Foreign soccer players or other athletes and their trainers whose requests are approved by the Turkish Soccer Federation or Youth and Sports General Directorate.

Foreigners who fall into one of the above categories are not required to obtain a work permit. However, they are required to notify the relevant local security authorities of their purposes for staying in Turkey, how long their stay will last and where they will be accommodated.

Legal regulations for foreigners employed in Turkey.

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2.       libralady
5152 posts
 21 Jul 2008 Mon 11:58 am

We came across several ex-pats working illegally in Bitez last week and our tour rep had also been offered work illegally! One woman we chatted to has been married to a Turk for 4 years (and working with him) and is still tripping off to Kos to get her visa every three months!

3.       lady in red
6947 posts
 21 Jul 2008 Mon 12:24 pm

Quoting libralady:

We came across several ex-pats working illegally in Bitez last week and our tour rep had also been offered work illegally! One woman we chatted to has been married to a Turk for 4 years (and working with him) and is still tripping off to Kos to get her visa every three months!



Yes - there are quite a few here too but renewing the visa in Kos doesn´t mean she can legally work. Quite a few ex-pats here work for emlaks - illegally - and if they don´t get paid their commission there is nothing they can do about it. A friend of mine worked 2 months for one Emlak and never got a penny (sorry lira!) out of them.

4.       libralady
5152 posts
 22 Jul 2008 Tue 10:05 am

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting libralady:

We came across several ex-pats working illegally in Bitez last week and our tour rep had also been offered work illegally! One woman we chatted to has been married to a Turk for 4 years (and working with him) and is still tripping off to Kos to get her visa every three months!



Yes - there are quite a few here too but renewing the visa in Kos doesn´t mean she can legally work. Quite a few ex-pats here work for emlaks - illegally - and if they don´t get paid their commission there is nothing they can do about it. A friend of mine worked 2 months for one Emlak and never got a penny (sorry lira!) out of them.



I meant that she is working illegally! She was managing the place and taking the money!! I´d have thought after being married for 4 years and living in Turkey all that time, she would have applied for residency??

Actually is was quite a funny combination - age gap, in her favour, weight difference in his favour! He told us in strong winds he ties himself to her lol

5.       Leelu
1746 posts
 22 Jul 2008 Tue 09:18 pm

Quoting libralady:


Actually is was quite a funny combination - age gap, in her favour, weight difference in his favour! He told us in strong winds he ties himself to her lol

OMG I fell off the bed reading this one ..

6.       lady in red
6947 posts
 22 Jul 2008 Tue 11:12 pm

Quoting libralady:

I meant that she is working illegally! She was managing the place and taking the money!! I´d have thought after being married for 4 years and living in Turkey all that time, she would have applied for residency??

Actually is was quite a funny combination - age gap, in her favour, weight difference in his favour! He told us in strong winds he ties himself to her lol



HaHa! sounds like a few couples I know here. But residency doesn´t get you a work permit - I have a residency permit but I still can´t work.

7.       ashleightanner
11 posts
 19 Sep 2008 Fri 04:14 pm

I have a quaetion if anyone could answer it that would be great.

 

Im moving to turkey next year and i was wondering if i want to become a civilian i have to remain in the counrty for 5years. But i have heard that you get 6 weeks where you can leave the country. Now is that in a year or for the whole 5 years, because im hearing different things.

 

Thank you for anyones time. Nobody has been able to answer this yet.

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8.       lady in red
6947 posts
 19 Sep 2008 Fri 04:23 pm

 

Quoting ashleightanner

I have a quaetion if anyone could answer it that would be great.

 

Im moving to turkey next year and i was wondering if i want to become a civilian i have to remain in the counrty for 5years. But i have heard that you get 6 weeks where you can leave the country. Now is that in a year or for the whole 5 years, because im hearing different things.

 

Thank you for anyones time. Nobody has been able to answer this yet.

 

I think you meant citizen! (unless you are in the army of course! ) After 5 years of residency (i.e. with residency permit) you can apply for citizenship - for which you need to be able to speak reasonable Turkish.  At the moment, if you are married to a Turkish person you don´t need to pass the language test - but things change so often here.  I THINK that it is 6 weeks per year that you are allowed to be out of the country but we have never really gone into it as we have no intention of leaving for that long each year!  6 weeks in a 5 year period seems wrong somehow though.

 

Edit: Have a look here

9.       ashleightanner
11 posts
 19 Sep 2008 Fri 06:48 pm

 

Quoting lady in red

I think you meant citizen! (unless you are in the army of course! ) After 5 years of residency (i.e. with residency permit) you can apply for citizenship -  

 

 Ye i mean´t citizen!!!!!{#lang_emotions_shy} doh!!!! Also is there s difference between living permit and residency permit? what do you ned for a residant permit? Sorry to keep asking questions.

If you apply for a living permit then while your out there can you apply for the residency permit?

10.       lady in red
6947 posts
 19 Sep 2008 Fri 06:55 pm

 

Quoting ashleightanner

 Ye i mean´t citizen!!!!!{#lang_emotions_shy} doh!!!! Also is there s difference between living permit and residency permit? what do you ned for a residant permit? Sorry to keep asking questions.

If you apply for a living permit then while your out there can you apply for the residency permit?

 

 Not sure what you mean by a ´living permit´.  You can have 3 month visitor´s visa which you have to keep renewing by leaving the country.  For resident´s permit you have to prove you have sufficient income to ´meet your needs´ - i.e. live off!  A permanent address (can be rented accommodation) and a tax number.  You can get residency for one or two years to start with - they will give up to 5 years but most people seem to be given a maximum of 2 to start with.  Cost last year was 980 ytl per person for 2 years.  So you could come out on a 3 month´s visa and apply for residency as long as you can meet the conditions - or - you could take a day-trip to one of the Greek Islands (if you are near enough) or if you are in Istanbul for example you could cross over into Bulgaria to renew your visa.  But if you intend to go for citizenship you really need the residency permit.

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11.       oana2009
18 posts
 09 Nov 2008 Sun 10:20 pm

Hi,

 

i will move to turkey, Eskisehir, starting with midd of January 2009 and i started to search for a job or, at least, to have an idea about what´s happening on the Turkish job openings market.

 

what clues can u give me? what sites should i access? i entered to www.turkeyjoblink.com, what are the other ones?

 

i am not a native english speaker, but i am fluent. i am from romania.

 

if there are other people on the same situation and if the native turkish people can help me with some valuable info, i would be very happy and i thank u in advance for your time and your info.

 

cok tesekkur ederim!

oana

 

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12.       yeoman
7 posts
 04 Jan 2009 Sun 10:37 pm

http://www.learn4good.com/jobs/language/english/list/country/turkey/

 

http://www.jobsabroad.com/Turkey.cfm

 


In Romania do they speak any Russian?

 

Speaking Russian and Turkish will land you a job at a Resort as a manager.

 

 

http://www.exposurejobs.com/job/316302/resort-manager-turkey

 

Hope this helps

13.       oana2009
18 posts
 04 Jan 2009 Sun 10:51 pm

thank u very much for your answer

in romania there are some people speaking russian, but myself, i speak only romanian, english and some turkish.

so, i have to improve my turkish and i hope i can find a job.

thank you again, for your kind reply!

iyi geceler!

Oana

14.       Melek74
1506 posts
 26 Jan 2009 Mon 07:44 pm

 

Quoting catwoman

Foreigners who fall into the exemption category because of reciprocity, general principles of international law and European Union law do not need a work permit or visa for employment in Turkey. For instance, in the case of Turkey’s accession to the EU, the notion of alien will transform, so the legislation has already been harmonized to ensure adaptation for the future situation.

 

Does that mean EU passport holders do not need a work permit? {#lang_emotions_bigsmile}

15.       karinalinares
684 posts
 06 Feb 2009 Fri 09:03 pm

I am plannig to go to the University, does it mean that I don´t need permission to work? so I would be allowed?

16.       ciccareli
4 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 11:00 am

Hello,

 

I would like to know about working in Antalya,during season and after..

Anyway has any info or exp ? As I noticed,Antalya is a friendly city for foreign people

17.       Melike1
388 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 11:05 am

 

Quoting ciccareli

Hello,

 

I would like to know about working in Antalya,during season and after..

Anyway has any info or exp ? As I noticed,Antalya is a friendly city for foreign people

 

It can be a friendly city but you will still need a work permission Wink

Do you speak Turkish ? Where are you from ?

I dont know any job for you but maybe i can advice you something.

18.       ciccareli
4 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 11:12 am

Well Im from Lithuania,Im learning turkish step by step and not planning to go to live to Turkey before i learn at least some of it. I believe its important

19.       Melike1
388 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 11:24 am

Hm ok. What languages do you speak ?

I myself worked in the foreign department of a hospital, but for that kind of job its easy and necessary to know a few languages and some Turkish would be easy too. Also Ý worked in a pharmacy but my job was translating from Dutch-English-German to Turkish and the other way around, not easy and off course necessary to know quite some turkish.

I worked also as a guide but that cant be the work you want because its only seasonwork and you are looking for the whole year...

I wanted to say if your english is good you can give lessons but also therefor you need Turkish You crazy?

20.       ciccareli
4 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 11:37 am

Thank you for your answer

I lived in Holland for a year,so I know alittle bit of dutch,also some german,russian,lithuanian and for sure english,im hoping to add turkish to this list  

In case Im thinking to come around february , so i think I could even start at seasonal work,improve my turkish and look for other work,Im still searching how to do best,I know some people in Antalya,but mostly turks,so foreign ppl oppinion really important for me

 

21.       deli
5904 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 01:00 pm

I wanted to say if your english is good you can give lessons but also therefor you need Turkish

 

nope you dont need to know Turkish to teach  English, in fact i was told not to use any turkish when teaching my students ,which I may add was very hard so I often used a bit and told my students not to tell my bossWink

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22.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 01:31 pm

 

Quoting ciccareli

Thank you for your answer

I lived in Holland for a year,so I know alittle bit of dutch,also some german,russian,lithuanian and for sure english,im hoping to add turkish to this list

In case Im thinking to come around february , so i think I could even start at seasonal work,improve my turkish and look for other work,Im still searching how to do best,I know some people in Antalya,but mostly turks,so foreign ppl oppinion really important for me

 

 

 But still you need work permission

23.       ciccareli
4 posts
 12 Oct 2009 Mon 05:16 pm

 

Yes I know that I´ll need to get working permission And as i know,company and person has to do alot of paper work etc

24.       lady in red
6947 posts
 03 Mar 2010 Wed 08:57 pm

I just noticed this article in Today´s Zaman outlining legal regulations for foreigners working in Turkey.  It´s today´s edition so presumably right up to date.

25.       Mavili
236 posts
 25 Feb 2012 Sat 11:17 pm

CSGB- Ministry of Labor and Social Security Dept. of Work Permits for Foreigners. (link)

Consulate General of Turkey, London UK.- work Visa (link)

26.       VF5
1 posts
 22 Jul 2012 Sun 02:16 pm

Selam all,

 

Regarding residency permit, if I obtain residency permit will it enables me to get a work permit? or once I get residency permit, then I will be eligible to work without obtaing a work permit?

27.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 23 Jul 2012 Mon 03:37 pm

AVERAGE INTELLIGENGE LEVELS IN TURKEY RAPIDLY RISING

 

Recent research shows that average intelligence levels of citizens in both countries are rapidly rising as more Turkish "moderate" moslem missionaries take up USA as base of their operations.

BELİEVE IT, OR NOT !




Edited (7/23/2012) by AlphaF

28.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 23 Jul 2012 Mon 04:04 pm

 

Quoting ashleightanner

 

 

 Ye i mean´t citizen!!!!!{#lang_emotions_shy} doh!!!! Also is there s difference between living permit and residency permit? what do you ned for a residant permit? Sorry to keep asking questions.

If you apply for a living permit then while your out there can you apply for the residency permit?

 

There is a difference between the two and you need to maintain both permits valid simultaneously. Note that the expiry of a living permit wll annull a running work permit, unles a new living permit can be immediately obtained.

I recommend you check the amount of tax you may have to pay, if your work permit application is granted by Turkish Authrities. Check only with the LABOuR ATTACHE, in the Turkish Embassy closest to you.



Edited (7/23/2012) by AlphaF

29.       naty-profe
1 posts
 21 Aug 2012 Tue 04:51 pm

İyi günler everyone! I´m wondering if anyone could advise me of any way for searching a job for English, Spanish and Russian speaking foreigner in Istanbul. The turkish level is quite elementary, and is it after all possible to find any position in such case? I´v looked for English teaching jobs but their conditions are rather unacceptable..{#emotions_dlg.confused}

30.       Abla
3642 posts
 21 Aug 2012 Tue 08:03 pm

Contact the Ministry of Foreign Trade in your own country, ask for statistics about companies which export to Turkey or import from Turkey. This kind of information is usually purchasable. Then work with the list, contact the companies and tell them about your skills, find out who their Turkish partners are. Be ready to do a lot of useless work until someone gives you hope. Meanwhile improve your Turkish as much as you can.

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31.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 22 Aug 2012 Wed 02:50 pm

 

Quoting libralady

Quoting lady in red:

Quoting libralady:

We came across several ex-pats working illegally in Bitez last week and our tour rep had also been offered work illegally! One woman we chatted to has been married to a Turk for 4 years (and working with him) and is still tripping off to Kos to get her visa every three months!

Yes - there are quite a few here too but renewing the visa in Kos doesn´t mean she can legally work. Quite a few ex-pats here work for emlaks - illegally - and if they don´t get paid their commission there is nothing they can do about it. A friend of mine worked 2 months for one Emlak and never got a penny (sorry lira!) out of them.

I meant that she is working illegally! She was managing the place and taking the money!! I´d have thought after being married for 4 years and living in Turkey all that time, she would have applied for residency?? Actually is was quite a funny combination - age gap, in her favour, weight difference in his favour! He told us in strong winds he ties himself to her lol

 

Plan B ?

Just in case customers cease to flock in ! {#emotions_dlg.alcoholics}

 

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32.       T4 Consulting
2 posts
 09 May 2013 Thu 12:53 pm

As T4 Consulting Turkey (aka T4 Danismanlik) we are providing free consultancy for foreigners around Antalya Turkey. 

We are also providing assistance for work permit and also residence permit. Do not let comoanies making you work illegaly, it affects your all kind of application in your future.



Edited (5/9/2013) by T4 Consulting

33.       SophieRichard
1 posts
 20 Dec 2014 Sat 01:32 pm

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34.       bonniemate
4 posts
 23 Sep 2015 Wed 07:24 am

it is so funny

35.       Adam25
369 posts
 20 Oct 2015 Tue 10:49 pm

What is so funny???     {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

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