Types of Work Permit

Definite Period Work Permit :

According to the International Labor Law No. 6735, which has entered into force after being published in the Official Gazette dated 13/8/2016 and numbered 29800, the work permit application is applied to the foreigner who is evaluated positively, provided that the work or service contract does not exceed the duration of the contract, or work in the same branch of the workplace in the first application provided that a certain period of work permit is given.

If the application for the extension of the work permit extension is evaluated positively, the work permit shall be granted for a maximum of two years for the first extension application depending on the same employer and up to three years for the following extension applications. However, applications for working with a different employer are considered within the scope of the first application.

Indefinite Period Work Permit :

Long-term residence permit or foreigners with at least eight years of legal work permit in Turkey can apply for permission to work indefinitely. However, meeting all the requirements does not grant absolute rights to foreigners.

The foreigner who has an indefinite work permit shall benefit from all the rights provided by the long-term residence permit. The foreigner who has a work permit indefinitely shall enjoy the rights granted to Turkish citizens, except for the regulations in the special laws, subject to the provisions of the relevant legislation in the use of these rights, without prejudice to the acquired rights of social security. The foreigner who has a permanent work permit has no obligation to vote, to be elected and to enter public office and to perform military service.

Independent Work Permit :

Foreigners who are professionals may be granted independent work permit provided that the special conditions specified in other laws are met.

During the evaluation of the independent work permit in line with the international labour policy, the foreigner’s level of education, work experience, contribution to science and technology, the effect of the activities or investments in Turkey for the countries economy and employment rates, if a partner of a foreign venture the International Labour Policy Advisory Board suggestions will be taken into consideration.


The Independent work permit should be issued in a timely manner.

Turquoise Card :


In line with international labor policy; Turkuaz Card will be given to the foreigners whose applications are deemed appropriate according to education level, professional experience, contribution to the science and technology, the impact of the activity or investment on the national economy and employment level of Turkey and within the context of the recommendation of the International Labor Force Policy Advisory Board and the regulation issued by the Ministry.

Turkuaz Card is given for the first three years of the transition period. The Ministry may request information and documents related to the activities carried out by the employer or foreigner during the transition period. Transition period registration in Turquoise Card, which is not cancelled in accordance with Article 15, is removed in case of a foreigner application and Turquoise Card is given indefinitely. This application shall be made in all cases from the expiry of the transition period until the expiration of the transition period. After the expiration of this period, the application for the abolition of the transitional period shall be rejected and the Turquoise Card shall become invalid.

According to the provisions of the legislation, the foreigner who holds the Turquoise Card shall be given a document which indicates that his/her spouse and dependents are the relatives of a Turquoise Cardholder and this replaces the residence permit.

Turquoise Card Holder takes advantage of the rights provided by the indefinite work permit in this Law.

In Turquoise Card application; Those who have internationally recognized studies in the academic field and those who come forward in a field that is considered strategic in terms of science, industry and technology in our country or those who are expected to provide or contribute to the national economy as export, employment or investment capacity are considered qualified foreigners.

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