Under Turkish system, a work permit shall be issued for a
definite period of time at most one year in order for the foreign
national to work in a certain workplace or enterprise and in
a certain job.
Applications for extension of the work permit must be filed by
the foreigner or the employer directly with the Ministry of Labor
and Social Security,by submitting the original copy of the previous
work permit, along with the application form and the documents
specified in theappendix of the implementation regulation.
Following expiry of the legally valid working period of one
year, the Work Permit may be extended up to two years, provided
that the foreign national works in the same workplace or enterprise
and in the same job. At the end of the working period of three
years(1+2), the term of the Work Permit may be extended further for
a maximum period of three years in order for the foreign national
to work in the same job and with any employer. Foreigners who have
resided in Turkey for at least eight uninterrupted years on a legal
basis, or foreigners who have a total of six years of employment
with a work permit, may file applications for indefinite work
Term extension applications must be filed within a maximum of
two months in advance of the expiration date of the permit.
Extension applications filed within a maximum of fifteen days
following the expiration of the work permit will also be processed.
The termextension applications filed thereafter are subject to the
principles applicable to foreigners who file an application for the
According to article 21 of Law no. 4817; the foreigner that
works without a working permission is subjected to an
administrative penalty of 3.350,00 TL. in 2015.
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