Document Required at First Work Permit Application

Documents required from the foreign personnel

• Foreign Personnel Application Form (to be filled in electronic media, printed and then signed by the employer and employee and sent to the Ministry as a copy by hand. If there is not original signatures of the employer and the employee, work contract made between two parties is to be submitted. Otherwise, the application is not put into process)

• At least 6 months’ residence permit valid on the date of application for applications from Turkey. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• Copy of passport approved by certified translator or official authorities. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• Copy of diploma or temporary graduation letter, Turkish translation of which is approved by certified translator or official authorities , from the foreigners to work within vocational services and other occupations required by the Ministry. Pilot licence for the foreigners to be employed as a pilot. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application, also by hand)

• Work contract organized in Turkish and the language of the foreigner for Certified Tourism Businesses to employ a foreign artisan and letter of recommendation approved by certified translator. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application, also by hand)

• In addition to above-mentioned documents for foreigners, who request work permit within vocational services, if he/she has received higher education abroad, diploma or temporary graduation equivalence letter in conformity with Equivelance Regulations for Higher Education Diplomas as per 3 and 7/p articles of the law numbered 2547. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• For foreigners who will be employed by private education institutions subject to Ministry of National Education, letter (prior authorisation) to indicate competence of the foreigner from Ministry of National Education (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

Documents required from the institution to employ foreign personnel

• Application petition for work permit (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application, also by hand)

• Balance sheet or statement of profit-loss of the last year approved by certified public accountant or tax office (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• Turkish Trade Registry Gazette which indicate the structure of partnership and capital of the institution (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• For private education institutions to employ a foreigner, Permit for Opening an Institution and Starting Education and Authorisation from Ministry of National Education (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• For associations and foundations, and institutions which provide health services, letter to indicate their activities from the relevant authorities. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• For certified tourism institutions, business and investment letter from Ministry of Culture and Tourism (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• Letter which certifies that institutions (including consortiums), which has gained the right to perform the projects for which international tender is initiated by public corporations and institutions, shoulder the work they will receive. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• For legal entities to employ foreign experts within engineering, architecture, construction and consultancy services, payroll which prove that they employ Turkish engineer/architect/city planner in the same vocation. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application)

• Letter of attorney of the person, who has the authority to make electronic application with the role of user in the name of institution to employ foreign personnel, approved by the notary  or letter to indicate that user works in the applicant institution. (To be scanned and sent online during electronic application,)

Additional Documents for Application
If the foreigner is key personnel or representative of a partner, letter certified by competent authorities and given from the employer,

The personnel of a company, which is established in Turkey and has legal entity, is considered “Key Personnel” if he/she possesses at least one of the conditions listed below:

Persons who work in CEO, board member, general manager, vice general manager or similar positions who has authority of or take office in:

1) Working in top management or in executive position,

2) Managing the entirety or a part of the company,

3) Checking or controlling the works of administrative or technical personnel or supervisors of the company

4) Employing new personnel or dismiss the current personnel or make offers concerning these

• Persons who have basic information about the services, survey instruments, techniques or management

• For contact offices, Maximum one person on the name of whom certificate of authorization is prepared by the main company abroad.

Foreign companies, which want to apply for work permit directly as foreign investor or foreigners, who are to work as key personnel, are liable to submit the documents to indicate that they meet the criteria mentioned above with the general documents required during the application.

• Copy of citizenship identity card,

• For foreigners who are married to a Turkish citizen, certificate of identity register copy,

• For foreigners who are married to a Turkish citizen, copy of marriage certificate approved by notary,

• Document which indicates that he/she is of Turkish origin,

• Copies of certificates and diplomas for vocational education,

• Other documents such as reference letters, assignment letter and acceptance letter