Turkish Law on the Work Permit for Foreigners No. 4817, which had been in effect since 2003 has been abrogated and substituted by "INTERNATIONAL WORKFORCE LAW No. 6735,” which got through the Parliament on 28th July 2016. However, the Regulation, which is arranging the procedures of application for work permit, issued according to previous law is still in effect.
Applications for work permits can be made inside or outside Turkey. Foreigners residing outside Turkey shall apply to the Turkish Consulates in their country of residence or of citizenship. Foreigners with a valid residence permit (valid for a minimum of 6 months, except for residence permits for educational purposes) can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.