How many work permits are there according to the law?
There are 3 types of work permits.
1- Temporary Work Permit
Unless otherwise provided in the bilateral and multilateral agreements that Turkey is a party of, the work permit is provided for a year at most depending on the situation of the labor market, developments in the business life, the sectorial and cyclical changes regarding employment, the period of the residence permit and employment contract of the foreigner.
After a year, this period may be extended up to 3 years upon request on condition that the employment is in the same profession and employer. Following the completion of the 3-year period, it may be extended up to 6 years on condition that the employment is in the same profession (the employer may be different this time.)
2- Permanent Work Permit
Permanent work permits, unless otherwise stipulated by bilateral or multilateral agreements, are granted to foreigners who have been in Turkey as legal residents for at least eight years without interruption and as worker for at least six years, without considering the situation of the labor market, developments in the business life and being limited to a specific business, profession, landed property or a geographical area.
3- Independent Work Permit
Foreigners to work independently are given work permit on condition that they have been legal workers and residing in Turkey without interruption for 5 years.
Work permits in exceptional situations; Unless otherwise provided in the bilateral and multilateral agreements that Turkey is a party of, the foreigners listed in Article 8 of Law numbered 4817 are given work permit without being subject to the periods stated in the Law.
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