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

    If a foreigner decided to pause her study to work for a while hope it will not affect her in any way. I mean hope it will not affect her stay here.
    She has her student resident permit already but want to pause because she’s not financially stable.

    Will be expecting you reply

    Thank you.

  2. Hello,
    I already hold a BA in English and an MSc in Industrial Engineering. Now, I have applied for a work visa in Turkey to work there as an English teacher. I wonder if I can study medicine there, too.

  3. If a foreigner takes up a Turkish language learning course and applies for a student residence permit and later if he or she gets job while studying Turkish language course..can their permit be converted to work permit ?

  4. Hello. I’m an American looking to teach in Turkey. However I don’t have a university degree, only a CELTA certificate. Would I be able to get a work permit?

  5. Hello. Thank you for the informative article. I’ll be studying in Turkey 2020 and would like to know if the international student work permit for working before and after graduation has been implemented. Thanks in advance.

  6. Hello, I am a doctorate student with state scholarship, can i apply for work permit on my own or first I need to find a job to get it ?? Thanks

  7. Hello
    I’m planning to do masters in İstanbul but I also planning to work while my studying ,
    So am I able to have a work permission for a full or a part time job in there?

    Another question,
    Is it much easier to have work permissions before I have my student visa or after?

  8. I will be graduating this winter from a Turkish university (I did not benefit from any type of scholarships). Can I apply for a work permit?

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