Turkey is one of the best countries all over the world regarding the quality and ease of life. The political and social stability that prevails the country makes it a suitable destination for life for foreigners from all around the world.

Economic growth is exponential and powered by the reforms and strong infrastructure development, Turkey attracted approximately foreign investments worth 15 billion $ in the last few years.

Turkey is a country with a mixed culture between eastern and western which attracts a lot of people from all around the world for many purposes like studying, investment, visiting, and living.

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 the Turkish companies.

Work residency allows the resident to apply for Turkish citizenship if the resident stayed in Turkey for five consecutive years without leaving the country except for 180 days within the five years. Your husband/wife and kids (under 18) can get family residence based on it also. Moreover, the work permit is a document that allows you to work in Turkey and benefit from the advantages that foreigners get in Turkey such as:

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

Why should you seek for work residency in Turkey?

Turkey is encouraging foreign investments with the utmost support and facilitation, and this creates more and more job opportunities. There are many industries that are showing upward growth and create opportunities for investment and employment in an accelerated manner, such as:

  • Importing & Exporting Vehicles
  • Jewelry & Precious Metals
  • Plastics Manufacturing & Plastics Products
  • Clothing, Textiles, and Accessories
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturers
  • Electrical Equipment Supplies
  • Fruits & Vegetables

Who can get a work residency permit in Turkey?

There are two ways to get the 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. And the conditions are as the following:

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

After fulfilling the required conditions, the owner of the company shall perform the procedures needed for the permit, and within one month from applying the result will be shown and 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, the owners of companies are exempted from certain conditions to have a work permit. 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, and you will then get the work residency to start your business directly.
  • It is easy to include your wife, children, and your parents to your residency. Thus they will obtain a legal residency.
  • You can get a work permit while you are outside Turkey

How to apply for the work residency permit in Turkey?

The first way: get the work permit inside Turkey

In case you apply for the 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.

Where the Turkish law allows the owners of companies to obtain the work residency, Work Permit, and investor residency in Turkey by visiting one of the Turkish embassies in their country with the required documents.

The investor will get a working code which he can use it later in Turkey to get his work residency.

why investment in Turkey

Yes, you can. All that you have to do is to go to the nearest Turkish Embassy in your country and give them your company’s documents and ask for a work permit code. After you receive the code, send it to us, and we will finish the whole procedures for you, We will complete the permit procedures for you without having to come to Turkey within 45 days.

It will cost approximately $600

Yes, your children will be added when you get the residency, but the children must be under 18, and if they are older than 18 years old, you will not be able to add them.

You can add your parents in the case of more than 64 years, you can add your wife directly, but cannot add brothers and sisters, whatever their age

The period of work permit is one year for the first time, and after the end of the first year it will be obtained for two years and then three years until completion of five years then you can apply for citizenship

Yes, you will receive citizenship after the fifth year, But you must be a resident of Turkey for five years and only get out of 180 days during the five years, and this requirement will be waived if you export outside Turkey at a high rate

For the owners and partners who wish to obtain the work residency, they must have a share in the capital not less than 40,000 Tl and the capital should not be less than 100.000 Tl

Yes, there is a difference. The Turquoise card is issued for the owners of the companies only and is given the right of citizenship, as a Turkish citizen.

Yes, after children under the age of 18 are admitted to your work residence, they receive health insurance and treatment at the expense of the state.

Yes, there are social insurance fees which are 755 TL per month for each work permit and not for a person

Types of Companies in Turkey

Need Detailed Information?

You can fill out a request form to receive an email for detailed information about establishing companies in Turkey.

Do you have questions before starting your company in Turkey?

We always welcome your inquiries and our team will reply to you as soon as possible but we invite you first to view our FAQ page


  1. Hello, i intend to buy an apartment in istanbul and get real estate residence for my family. But at the same time i want to work in Turkey by opening a real estate company as i intend to lure in foreign investments in turkey through selling of property in turkey from South Asia region.
    I have two questions here
    1) if i get the real estate residence permit through thr purchase of property in tukey, then what is is requirement of work residency?

    2) can i incorporate a company and obtain work permit and not get the work residency as I already will have a real estate residence permit through the purchase of property in turkey.

    Kindly help me out.

    • Hello Ms. Monis,
      Regarding your first question, you can not change your residency type to a work permit unless you establish a company.
      You can apply for a work residency just in two cases:
      • If you are an employee for a Turkish company and according to the labor law, your company must hire 5 Turkish employees for your employment to be allowed to get a work residency in Turkey.
      • To own or to be a partner in ownership in a Turkish company.
      Regarding your second question, the work permit and work residency are the same, to establish a company in Turkey you will just need a valid passport, which means you can keep your real estate residency and establish a company.
      I will send you a file to your email address that explains more about the work permit (residency) and establishing a company in Turkey.
      Feel free to contact me if you have farther inquiries.

  2. Hi,I am Mohammad Shahidul Islam From Bangladesh , I looking for Turkey Work permit, Please give me details.

    • Hi Mr. Mohammad,
      You can get the Turkish work permit (residency) just in two cases:
      • If you are an employee for a Turkish company and according to the labor law, your company must hire 5 Turkish employees for your employment to be allowed to get a work residence in Turkey.
      • To own or to be a partner in ownership in a Turkish company.
      You can contact me if you have further questions.

  3. Hello
    Could you please address the law that says if I stablish a LTD company in Turkey I can get work permit for first year?
    I’ve heard that this is not possible to get work permit with company registering in Turkey.
    Thank you for your help

    • Hello,
      There are two ways to apply for the work permit (work residence):
      _ If you are an employee for a Turkish company and according to the labor law, your company must hire 5 Turkish employees for your employment to be allowed to get a work residence in Turkey.
      _ To own or to be a partner in ownership in a Turkish company.
      In both cases, the company’s bookkeeper (accountant) can apply for the work permit.

  4. Hi,

    1. Can I create any kind of company? In any sector? To get the working permit

    2. If after the first year I don’t have 5 turkish employee, can I continue to get the working permit?

    • Hello,
      The only type of company that qualifies you to apply for the work permit is Limited Liability Company and Joint Stok Company, and there are some restrictions regarding some activities.
      Regarding the work permit, there are two ways so you can renew it:
      1- Employment 5 Turkish citizens employees in the last 6 months from the work permit date.
      2- Having an 800.000 TL as an export value during the year, in this case, you won’t need to hire 5 Turkish employees.
      If you could not meet these terms, you can not be able to renew your work permit.

        • Dear Mr. Adeel,
          It depends on the activity, for example, foreigners can not do educational activities and some other medical activities.
          And for the 5 Turkish employees, it does not mandatory to be hired full time.

  5. Hi
    I am from Iran
    I ‘m working in travel agency ,but we want to creat a new company or branch in turkey ,by creating company can I get work permit visa without hiring turkish employees

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post comment