Work Permit

Work Permit of Foreigner Engineer in Turkey

If you are currently in the process of getting permission for working as a foreign engineer- ATA Institutional Consultancy can provide you with the most unique service. Work permission process for foreign engineers and architects is much more detailed than the process applied for any other foreign workers, it may take even months. ATA Institutional Consultancy will take the shortcut, finish your work with professional personnels with your given procuration. The company has provided hundreds of engineers with a permisson to work, who are involved in the biggest projects in Turkey, who have been working for the biggest companies and SMBs. Bkz : Referanslar


With the provision of the latest law no. 6735 namely International Workforce Law, Article 21- the issue of work permit for foreign engineers and architects is specified.

It is provided that any foreign engineer and architect may work in Turkey in project-based works or as temporary workers if they have already gained their titles by completing their education in one of the faculties of engineering or architecture at a university in Turkey, or, any other institutions of higher education abroad which are accepted by relevant Turkish authorities and Turkish Council of Higher Education. Thus, providing opportunities is aimed for all foreign engineers and architects who are counted as qualified personnel and who undertake the key roles at the top-line projects performed in Turkey.

ARTICLE 21- (1) According to the law, foreigners who who have gained the titles “engineer” and “architect” by completing their education in one of the faculties of engineering and achitecure in Turkey or any other institutions of higher education abroad which are accepted by relevant Turkish authorities and Turkish Council of Higher Education, may perform their professions with the work permit, working project based or temporarily.

Attention:  : There are two obligations to the firms that will apply for their foreign personnel’s work permit: YÖK (Turkish Council of Higher Education) Accreditation, and registry for Chamber of Engineers. No matter what the title is, Sales Engineer, Food Engineer, Software Engineer, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer; if the foreign personnel applies for the position of any of the engineering branches, they must have “YÖK” accreditation.


Ministry of Labour and Social Security is in charge of giving permission to foreign workers. For foreign engineers, a “Certificate Accreditation” that is eligible for Overseas Higher Education Certificate Legislation of YÖK (Turkish Council of Higher Education) is required.

Applicants must have the documents which indicate that they have been working as an engineer, that they are a member of the trade body, and they have not been prohibited from their professions. The documents must belong to a date at least six months before the application. The original copies of the documents must have the apstille stamp from the applicant’s own state’s administrative unit. Applications can be done online yet the documents must be on paper.

Applicants must have their documents approved by Turkish representative offices that are settled in their country before sending them to Turkey. The applications for work permit are finalised within 30 days providing that the documents are in order as required. The applicants are informed in case of any lack on papers so that they can supply their documents correctly. 30-days period starts the day the documents are sent to the Ministry without any lacks.

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The workplace that the applicants apply for must have at least 5 Turkish employees and must document these workers’ SSK (Social Security) pay rolls. Minimum wage standards after the application are considered while amount of salary is offered by the employer. The criteria for the payment of foreign engineer work permit is at least quadruple the minimum wage. It is obligatory for companies who employ foreign engineers to also employ at least one Turkish engineer. It is necessary to specify that the salary will be at least quadruple the minimum wage. The original certificate of engineering must be submitted to the Ministry while applying.

These criterias are not applied to Syrian Engineers who have Turquoise ID Card.

The websites of Çalışma Bakanlığı (Department of Labor) ,and Türk Mühendis ve Mimarlar Odaları Birliği (Union of Chamber of Turkish engineers and architects) are used as source while preparing this page

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  1. Hello ATA
    My friend has got a Job offer from a Turkish company. He has validate the offer and the offer is true. The company has applied for the work permit for him . Till now, more than two months have passed. Can you please confirm that how much time does it take to get work permit in Turkey. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The procedure usually takes around 30 working days.

      Best Regards,

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    1. Hello,

      Only employer can apply for work permit in Turkey. To obtain it, you need to find job in Turkey first and then your employer can make application for your work permit before your arrival so you could come to Turkey on work visa.

      Kind Regards,

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  2. If I come to Turkey with tourist visa and somehow able to get a job there, Can my tourist visa will be converted easily with my employer`s consent. Further do I need to come back to my parent country during this transfer to Visa?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Work permit can not be obtained basing on tourist visa. Employer can apply for work permit in Turkey if foreign employee has residence permit with total validity of at least 6 months. So if you would be able to find job before your visa expires, it is much shorter process to go back to your country and make work permit application from abroad with no need to obtain residence permit. But if you fulfill requirements to obtain residence permit and enough budget to stay in Turkey until you receive residence permit and convert it to work permit, it is also possible. Our company provides services including obtaining residence permit and work permit, if you want, we can assist you throughout the application process.

      Best Regards

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  3. ı am syrian, an electrical engineer, i have graduated from syria.
    how i can find a job in my section and what to do in my diploma ?

    1. Hello,

      We are not job agency so we can not provide you with any job offers but there is a lot of websites on which you can find job in your field and when you do, your employer must apply for your work permit in Turkey. Translation of your diploma would be helpful why applying for a job and required for work permit application.

      Thank you and have a good day

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your comments.

      Unfortunately, dentistry is on the list of occupations which can not be performed by foreigners in Turkey.

      Kind Regards

  4. dear sir
    I would like to state that I have done post graduation in economics with statistics and have worked with various departments with 6 years experience in nfield operations division economics and statistics ,planning and development monitoring now I am interested work in turkey .So please tell me what is the procedure
    Mustafa bhat

    1. Dear Mr Mustafa,

      thank you for your comment.

      In order to be able to work legally in Turkey, you need a work permit.
      To get it you should find a job and after with the employer get a work permit. Please read the detailed information on our website.
      If you decide to get a job permission, our company will be happy to assist you with the process you.

      Kind regards

  5. Sir, i am civil engineer , having about 20 years experience and intrested to work in turkey. how can i apply for suitable job as civil engineer.

  6. If someone have property in Turkey and also family settled since 5 years in Turkey on property base Permanente residence, That person also need work permit to get job in Turkey.


    1. Dear Mr Noor,

      If this is a question, yes every foreign Citizens willing to work in Turkey need to obtain a Work Permit in order to work legally in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  7. Dear Sir/Madam,

    In order to apply for a work permit from inside of Turkey or outside of Turkey you need to first find an employer. A work can only valid if a Turkish employer is present during the application.
    Our consultancy fee depend according to the job the foreign citizen will do, thus we cannot give you a quotation for this.
    The residency permit application can be done without any problem if you enter the Turkish territory legally with a Visa. For further information concerning our fee please contact us by mail.

    Best Regards,
    ExpatGuideTurkey Team.

  8. Please how much will cost me for a work and resident permit for me to work in turkey.i am currently working in the uae and am a ceetified automobile engineer in the uae. Thanks and hope to hear from u soon

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