Work Permit

Student Work Permit in Turkey

Work Permit for Foreign Students

According to the New Law on the İnternational Labor Force, foreign students who are enrolled in formal graduate programs as Master’s or Ph.D program  in a higher education institution in Turkey are able to work and apply for work permit.

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However, foreign students who are enrolled in associate degree or undergraduate programs in Turkey are given the right to work no more than 30 hours a week following the first year of studies.

Work permits granted to the foreign students do not terminate the valid student residence permit and the rights granted by this residence permit. Procedures and principles regarding the employment of foreign students are determined by the Ministry by taking the opinions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and by taking into consideration the principles determined by the Immigration Policies Committee.

In the event that the foreigners who completed their higher education in Turkey apply for a work permit within one year as of their graduation date, the application shall be evaluated in accordance with the principles determined by the International Labour Policy Advisory Board.

Important: Please be informed that foreign students who granted state scholarship in Turkey during the Bachelor degree are not able to get work permit after the graduation even if their type of residence permit has been changed to the short term residence permit.

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  1. Hello, I recently got an offer from altinbas university for my masters. I am an international and has not received scholarship during my undergraduate from the Turkish government. Would I be allowed to work? With my student visa? And also is there a post study work visa? Thank you

    1. Hello,

      As a Master student you are allowed to get work permit in Turkey and work here legally, but firstly your employer should get a work permit for you by applying to the Ministry of Labour.

      Thank you,

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  2. I got a scholarship for master in Turkey and now I have a work permit but I now I am moving to another company, would it be a problem for me to get transferred because I had a scholarship before.

    1. Hello,

      There should not be any problems with the transfer application of work permit.

      Thank you,

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  3. does an undergrad student now have the right to work (25-30h per week) from the first or second year of the course?

    a masters student can work during first year – but is a general permission provided and they can find casual/part-time work? Or first they need to find a employer will to give a contract, and then apply for a work permit?

    1. Hello, foreigners who are studying in Turkey as undergraduate can not work and can not get work permit. But master and phd students can work and the conditions are same as regular foreigner work permit conditions.

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  4. I’m an international undergraduate student currently in my 3rd year. I want to work parttime, do i require a work permit? and if yes, if it possible for me to obtain one?

    1. Hello,
      Undergraduate students are not allowed to work in Turkey. You can be eligible for work permit during graduate studies under condition that you have not been receiving state scholarship during your education within Turkey. Once you find job in Turkey your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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  5. Hi. Can undergraduate international students do freelancing during their studies in Turkey? Or any online work for that matter. Youtube, blogging…etc

    1. Hello,
      Foreign undergraduate students can work in Turkey as freelancers under condition that their income comes from out of Turkey. Foreigners, who are not employed within Turkey and do not receive income within the country are not subject for work permit.

      Kind Regards,

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      1. What about other online sources of income? google adsense for example. Also, is it allowed to receive the earned money in Turkish bank account? or should it be sent to a bank account outside turkey?

  6. Hello I am master student in izmir university of economics. How I can apply for work permit

    1. Hello,
      If you find an employer in Turkey they can apply for work permit on your behalf. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. Work permit can be directly obtained on basis of your student residence permit under condition that you were not receiving state scholarship during Bachelor’s degree in Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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  7. Hello,
    I am a computer engineering student and this is my last semester, i am graduating by january 15th.
    Through technology transfer office of my university, i am planning to create a startup, could you please help me out? How can the work permit be applied to? Since i am employing myself.. after student permit is canceled because of graduation, how can reapply for residence permit?

    Thanks for your huge support !

    1. Hello,
      Foreigners are allowed to establish a business in Turkey with minimum registered capital of 10.000 TL, however in order to obtain work permit as a company owner paid capital must be at least 100.000 TL and you must employ 5 Turkish citizens per each foreigner in the company. After graduation you have a right to transfer your student residence permit to short term residence permit for graduates, which can be granted for one year.

      Best Regards,

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  8. Hi there.
    I’m from Uzbekistan ??. I really want to study in Turkey at the university of Arel as a bachelor degree student. Can I be able to get work there while studying at Arel university? Thanks in advance ?.
    Turkey is my second country. Love from ?? Uzbekistan ??.

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