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Can Foreigners whose Work Permit Cancelled Obtain a Residence Permit in Turkey?

At the last years, with Turkey’s increasing international labor mobility, a popular increase is observed in the participation of foreign personnel and company partners in the Turkish labor market. First of all, we need to remind that a foreigner must have a valid work permit in order to work legally in Turkey. Work permit applications in Turkey are received by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Applications made are finalized within an average of 30 days and permit cards are sent to foreigners who have no objection to obtaining a work permit. In addition, if the foreigner or his employer does not comply with the rules specified in the legal regulations, the work permit of the foreigner may be canceled. In this article, we will briefly talk about the residence permit application conditions of foreigners whose work permit has been canceled and the conditions for legal stay in Turkey.

In Which Conditions is the Work Permit Canceled?

As a rule, work permits are canceled when the foreigner resigns, the employer terminates the foreigner’s contract, or the realization of one of the reasons specified in the law. The conditions for obtaining and canceling work permits for foreigners are determined by the International Labor Law. Except for the resignation by foreigner and termination of contract by employer who has a work permit in Turkey, the work permit is legally canceled for the following reasons;

  • The foreigner does not enter Turkey within 6 months following the approval date of the work permit,
  • Expiration the validity of the foreigner’s passport,
  • If it is determined that the information specified in the work permit application is incorrect, misleading or incomplete, the foreigner does not work in the promised position,
  • The foreigner’s deportation decision is taken or the visa is not issued,
  • The foreigner causes a threat to public order and public health,
  • The foreigner stays out of Turkey for 6 months in temporary work permits and for 1 year uninterrupted in indefinite work permits

In the above-mentioned cases, the work permit of the foreigner is canceled by the ministry.

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Obtaining a New Residence Permit

First of all, you should know that the valid work permits of foreigners in Turkey also replace the residence permit. According to this information, foreigners with a valid work permit do not need to obtain an extra residence permit. 10 days before the expiry or cancellation of the work permit, the foreigner can apply for a residence permit according to the purpose of stay. If the foreigner does not exit Turkey within this 10-day period, he is considered to have violated a visa and may become a fugitive. This 10-day period is very important for foreigners, and if the foreigner wants to continue to stay in Turkey, he or she usually applies for a touristic residence permit. In addition, according to the new practice that came into effect after 2017, foreigners whose work permits for domestic services have been canceled are not granted a touristic residence permit. These foreigners are required to apply for a residence permit other than the touristic residence permit. In addition, foreigners whose work permit has been canceled can appeal this decision within 30 days. However, it should be known that the 30-day period is disqualifying, and appeals that are not made within the deadline will not be considered.

If you have questions about obtaining a residence permit for a foreigner whose work permit has been canceled in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.

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Ata Institutional Consulting is a leading consultancy company in its field, with expert personnel, with 12 years of experience, providing residence permit, work permit, Turkish citizenship consultancy and corporate consultancy services to foreigners. Ata Instiutional Consultancy


  1. Hi
    I have a valid work permit till 02-2024
    But now I want to change my company.
    Both the old and new company are ok with this transfer.
    How can I do this seamless?

    1. If you need an assistance with the work permit transfer application, please contact us by 4447284 and we will provide you the detailed information.

  2. Hi. I already have a residence permit that will not expire before 2024. I do have a work permit, but looking to change my job in Turkey. If that will be cancelled, will that effect my ikamet?? Do i have to leave the country even though i have my ikamet? Thank you.

    1. Hello, call 157 to see if your residence permit is still valid. If it is, you can use it, if not, you need to apply for a new residence permit.

  3. Hello
    I have a valid work permit but changed my occupation when my permit hasn’t expired, My old work permit was cancelled without knowing we are supposed no to so far i am switching job. I have been trying to get a new work permit but it has been hard and no positive new so far. What do you think will happen to me?

    1. As I understood correctly you have already switched your job and made a transfer work permit application meanwhile your previous employer has cancelled your work permit card, in case if your work permit will be approved by ministry of Labour you can keep working in current company. However if your current work permit application will be rejected you have to leave the country within 10 days or apply for residence permit within 10 days from the date of cancellation of your work permit by older employer.

  4. Hello. I’m Rukia ..I have I have a workpermit that is due 05-2023 .. my work permit has been cancelled on 12.12. 2023 …according to the laws, how long do I have to reapply for my residency permit??

    1. Hello, according to the law you should apply for residence permit within 10 days from the date of cancellation of your work permit card.

  5. Hi,
    I have a work permit and it is valid until April 2023. But my contract with employer is canceled. Do I have to apply for tourist visa or still the same visa is eligible.

  6. Please can I get residence permit if my work permit canceled or is there any get the work permit back

  7. What reasons would a residency permit be cancelled? Can the foreign national make an appeal? What options are available to him if he desires to remain in Turkey legally?

  8. Hello

    My name is Yasser

    I have residence permit till 09.2022, touristic visa

    I have work permit at Turkey I was working by a company at Sakarya province and that company applied for me to get work permit and its done.

    I am from Iran. Last month I went to Iran to visit my family after a long time

    After I came back to Turkey I realized that my employer at Turkey has fired me and I don’t work by this company anymore

    I have blue work permit card and the expiry date is 07.04.2023

    I know that my work permit is as my residence permit, just I want to know at my situation could I stay at Turkey till the expiration date of my work permit?

    Best Regards


  9. Hello
    I find myself in a difficult situation and I am seeking advice before approaching a law firm.

    I had a contract with a school up to the 9th May. I told the school in February that I would not be renewing my contract in May, but would like to stay on until the 17th June which was verbally agreed to.

    I discovered that a replacement had been found (a friend of a friend needing a job) and she could start when my contract ended. The school had 6 different start dates for me, but decided that my contract started on the 1st May. The signed contract that I have states the 9th May.

    The Head of the school had spoken to her sister who worked at another school and it was agreed that I would start with them on the 6th April until the end of July.

    My contract at the other school had not ended and I was asked to hand write and sign a letter to say that I was leaving the school. I said I did not want to write or sign a resignation letter because I had not in fact resigned. The writing was in Turkish. A Turkish friend read the letter and said that the letter was a formality and it was ok to copy it in my own handwriting and sign it.

    I have since discovered that the work permit at that school has been cancelled. There is no new work permit for the new school. I did not renew my residence permit because I had the work permit, but was going to renew it now before it expired on the 13th June.

    I need legal advice because I am now in Turkey illegally. I am married to a Turkish citizen and do not want to leave Turkey or be banned from returning to Turkey.

  10. Hey guys I renewed my residency permit before work permit then, work permit came before ikamet my employer cancelled it,and I re applied for a new one,it was evaluated negatively what should I do??

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