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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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174 Comments

  1. Hello. As an international student if I do my undergrad in Turkey will I be able to work there after graduation?

  2. Hi, I’m an Erasmus student from Cuba. I’m undergraduate but in last year of my career and my “kımlık” is about to finish at the end of this month. I’ve revived an job offer and the employer is ready for do the papers but because I’m undergraduate I cannot have a work permit. What I want to know is:
    1) what can I do for having that work permit without going back to Cuba?
    2)There is an special restriction for Erasmus students?
    3)There is a possibility of make all the application process in a near county?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Hello!
    Thanks for the useful informations.
    I have accepted as master student in Turkey.
    If I get my residence, can I bring my family over on the same resident permit?

  4. Hello,
    I would like to ask that if I apply for scholarship for a MSc, can I apply for work permit after graduation? Master programs fall under postgraduation category while you have mentioned only undergraduates can’t apply for post study work permit after receiving state scholarship?
    Also, does it include a scholarship by private university?

  5. Hello I’m an undergraduate student in turkey in my first year and I’d like to work as a part time job during the holidays.is it possible ?

  6. i am a college drop out, my ikamet will expire in 4months. although i landed a job for the past three months and now i am planning to apply for a work permit.
    am i able to convert my student permit to a work permit ?

  7. I am ERUSMAS exchange student and my study will finish on 23 june. But i got apportunity to do internship in turkey from one of local companies and it’s totally not giving salary as usual. Due to my expiration of my residence permit on 23 june and my internship will be jul-sep how can i extend. And what documents do i have to get.
    Thank you

  8. I am applying for master with 50 % scholarship so will I do the work during my studies , and if yes so what will be the conditions of doing work

  9. Hi, Im srilankan and good in english. i hope to join Ankara university to follow a masters degree on maritime science in this month. Can i work while studing? Are there any palces to apply for work?

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