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Moving to Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country, connecting the greater continents of Europe and Asia. It is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, a tolerant state that ruled over parts of Europe and the Middle East. After the fall of the empire and the modernization by Ataturk, it exists today as a democratic, secular, constitutional republic, which is part of many Western organizations like the Council of Europe and the G-20. It also has many cultural ties with the Eastern world, such as having a majority Muslim population. It is a developed country, and its economy involves tourism, banking, construction, home appliances and textiles. Its main language is Turkish and its capital is Ankara, though its largest and most historically important city is Istanbul.


Work Visa

If you are planning on obtaining a work permit to work in Turkey, you should apply for one at least one month in advance before your time of arrival. You must have a job lined up, and your employer must send you a letter that describes your job.

You will need to send:

1.       Valid passport

2.       Visa application form

3.       Letter from your employer

On your application form, you will need to provide information about your intended place of residence, the type of company you are going to work for, and information about that company. You will also need to fill out information about your previous work experience, educational status, the duty of nature to your assigned job, and other relevant information.

Your employer does most of the work, and submits all of the other documents to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey.

Work permits are generally granted for one year to three years, and they can be renewed.

There are also specific applications for certain jobs, such as a teacher, a job in the health sector, a job in the entertainment sector and others. They may require additional educational documents or letters of recommendation.

Click here to view application forms and other sample documents.

Click here for information about social security for foreign workers.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about work permits.

Student Visa

Any foreigner who wishes to study in Turkey is required to obtain a Turkish student visa. You must apply to a consulate or embassy, not in Turkey. You must be first accepted into an accredited educational institution, and must obtain a document that proves this.

You must submit the following documents:

1.       Valid passport

2.       Application form

3.       Letter of acceptance

Click here for a list of universities in Turkey.

Click here for more details on studying and student visas.

Moving Pets

In order to move your pet to Turkey, you must obtain an International Health Certificate, signed by your government authority. You must also have a rabies vaccination certificate. You must have proof of all health updates and vaccinations, along with the times that they were given to your pet. You are limited to importing one cat, dog, bird or ten fish.

Other Information

Click here for more information about import customs in Turkey.

Click here for information about Turkish real estate.

Click here for a maps of Istanbul.

Click here for a map of Turkey.


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