Positioned as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a hub for tourism, business and trade. As a result, the work opportunities in the country are quite a lot. In fact, several Indians have been using the Turkey work visa for Indians to enter the nation and take part in work activities.
Turkey work visa for Indian citizens an entry permit that lets Indian nationals enter Turkey for taking part in employment. Although this is only an entry permit valid for 90 days, upon arrival in Turkey, the individual will have to collect the work residence permit, allowing them to stay for longer periods. This may be 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, or longer depending on the decision made by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The work entry visa is issued as a single-entry type.
The application for the Turkey work visa from India can be done in multiple ways. However, before starting your application, you must check that you are eligible to apply for the work permit. You may then proceed as follows -
At Visa Application Centres (VAC)
To be able to apply for the work permit, you must meet the following criteria -
As per the Turkey work visa requirements from India, the following are the list of documents you must possess for the work visa application. However, note that the documentation requirements may slightly vary based on the Turkish mission you are applying to.
As per the Turkey work visa photo requirements, the photos to be submitted must meet the following conditions -
It takes around 4 working days for the embassy to issue your reference number. However, it can depend on the volume of applications at the embassy/consulate, your previous travel history, the authenticity of your documents, and so on. Once you get the reference number, your Turkish employer should apply to the MLSS within 10 days. The confirmation from the MLSS may take up to 30 days. As a result, ensure that you apply well in advance.
The fees for the work permit includes the Entry Visa Fee, Work Permit Certificate Fee and the Residence Fee as the work permit is like a residence permit. The fee may also vary upon the foreign exchange rates as well. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting your application.
Once you have made the application, it will be processed accordingly. Even if you have applied at a VAC, the work visa application is forwarded to the embassy/consulate for the processing. The VAC has no influence regarding the processing. Once you have received confirmation from the MLSS in Turkey, you can collect the passport directly from the mission/VAC or you can have the VAC deliver it to you for an additional charge. The jurisdiction of the Turkish missions in India are as follows -
* - State of residence refers to the state where you have been residing for the past 6 months.
There are multiple ways in which you can check the status of your work visa application depending upon your mode of application.
Embassy - If you have applied at the embassy/consulate, you can track your application status by clicking here and entering your reference number and passport number.
VAC - If you have applied at a VAC, you can check the status here. Alternately, you can call or email the VAC to know the status.
You can also contact the travel agency you have applied through, to check the status.
Once you receive your work visa, you must keep in mind the following few points to ensure that you have a hassle-free journey -
Before you travel -
At the border
When you enter Turkey
You can extend the Turkish work permit easily. Although your work permit will be issued for a long duration, you can apply for an extension by visiting the MLSS in Ankara. If you are unable to get it extended, you must leave the country on expiry. Your first extension will allow you to stay for 2 years.
Once you have expired your permit, there is no provision for a stay-back period. As a result, you are expected to leave the country upon expiry. Alternately, you may apply for the extension before your permit expires. However, if you do not receive the extension in time for your expiry date, you must leave immediately. Staying back in the country after expiry is considered as an offence and can attract hefty fines and even lead to deportation.
As per the requirements, there is no medical test for the work permit. It is, however, suggested that you get a medical check-up done before travelling to a foreign nation, for your own safety. Apart from this, you must obtain a PCC to show your character conduct
Since the work permit is issued for people who are planning to take a job and earn in Turkey, there is no need for funds. As a result, you do not have to submit proof of funds. However, to ensure that you have a hassle-free journey, it is suggested that you possess enough funds to support your stay for a few weeks at least.
Since it takes nearly 30 working days for the MLSS to process the work permit, you must apply for the permit at least a month in advance. However, this can also depend on a number of other factors. As a result, it is advised that you apply well in advance.