Foreigners are allowed to be employed as a member of the
academic staff and as a teacher within Turkish schools, however,
such educators are required to obtain a work permit (that allows
both work and residence in Turkey) in order to work in Turkey.
The work and residency of foreigners in Turkey are regulated by
various regulations. The first and the most important law on the
issue is the 'Law Regarding the Work Permits of Foreigners'
No.4817 dated February 2003. According to such law, foreigners that
will be employed by Turkish entities shall obtain a work permit and
a work visa in order to commence working under payroll.
Foreign teachers who already reside legally (via a valid
residency permit) in Turkey for at least six (6) months are
eligible directly to apply to the Ministry of Labor and Social
Security in Turkey and therefore proceed with their application
during their current stay in Turkey. However, foreign teachers who
do not reside legally in Turkey for the last six (6) months will
need to first apply to the Turkish Consulate abroad at their own
State of residence in order to obtain work permit and work visa
before entering into Turkey.
Along with the online application requirements for information
and some document submissions, both the foreign teacher and the
employing education entity will need to physically submit
documentation for the purposes of the work permit application. The
following documents shall be submitted to the Ministry of Labor at
application by the employer education entity:
Work permit application form;
Foreign personnel application form;
Permit obtained from the Ministry of National Education for the
'establishment of an education institution and commencement of
education' for public education entities or the license
obtained from the same Ministry for private educational
In addition to the above, the employee foreigner teacher is also
required to submit the following documents to the Ministry:
The employment contract;
Copy of the valid passport;
Official Turkish translation of the diploma or temporary
Prior Permit obtained from the Ministry of National Education,
initially approving the employment of the foreigner as a teacher at
the employing education entity.
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