Work Residency

Turkey is one of the best countries all over the world that provides quality life with ease and comfort. The political and social resilience that prevails in the country, makes it a suitable destination for foreigners from all over the world. The country’s economic growth is advanced and it is powered by reforms and strong infrastructure development.

Turkey successfully attracted approximately worth 15 billion dollars in foreign investments in the last few years. It is a country that has a mixed eastern and western culture. This is what attracts a lot of people from all around the world for many reasons like studying, business investment, tourism, and residence. 

Work Residency

What is the work residency permit?

It’s a residency permit that qualifies you and your family to obtain Turkish citizenship. Work residency is given for the foreign owners and employees of Turkish companies.

Work residency allows the resident to apply for Turkish citizenship if the resident has stayed in Turkey for consecutive five years without leaving the country, except for 180 days within those five years. Then it also enables your spouse (husband/wife) and kids (under 18) to get family residence based on it. Moreover, the work permit is a document that allows you to work in Turkey with getting special benefits that are for foreigners in Turkey. Following are the advantages of the work residency:

  • Treatment at the state’s expense in all hospitals of the country.
  • Benefit from pension after the age of 60.
  • Getting Turkish citizenship after the fifth year.
  • The investor’s children can join Turkish schools without any tuition.
  • Getting benefits from the powers offered to the investors by the Turkish government.

How one can get a work residency permit in Turkey?

There are two ways of getting a work permit in Turkey:

1- Working for a Turkish company

According to Turkish law, companies must apply to get a work residency for foreign workers in Turkey on the following conditions:

  • The capital of the company should be more than 100,000 Turkish Lira.
  • At least five Turkish workers should be employed full-time if a foreign worker is needed to be hired.
  • For the partners who want to get a work permit without hiring Turkish employees, their share in the company’s capital should not be less than 40,000 TL.
  • The company must have paid all taxes to the state.
  • The company must have paid all social insurances to the country.

After fulfilling the required conditions, the owner of the company shall be able to perform the required procedure for the permit. After submitting the application the result will be declared within one month and then you can get the residence.

2- Investing in establishing a company in Turkey

We suggest this route because it is the easiest way to get a residency permit in Turkey. Learn more about the investment in Turkey

According to Turkish law to have a work permit, the owners of companies are exempted from certain conditions. Also, it gives you some facilitations such as:

  • You do not have to hire 5 Turks for the first year of the company. You will open your company first, and then you will get the work residency to start your business directly.
  • It is easy to include your spouse, children, and parents in your residency. Thus, they too will be able to get a legal residency.
  • You can still get a work permit while you are outside of Turkey.

How to apply for a work residency permit in Turkey?

The first way: get the work permit inside Turkey

In case you apply for a work permit inside Turkey, then you must have a tourist residency and then transfer it to a work residency.

The second way: get the residency outside Turkey

If you have a residence in any other country, this solution will be suitable for you.

The Turkish law permits the owners of companies to get the work residency, work permit, and investor residency in Turkey by visiting one of the Turkish embassies in their country along with the required documents. The investor will get a working code which he can use later in Turkey to get his work residency.

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