Are you a DevOps engineer and want to move to Turkey? It’s an amazing country with so many wonders and lots of opportunities to develop yourself. This page of the Visa  Library tells how to immigrate and work in Turkey as a DevOps engineer.

What are the requirements?

This section brings you the items you need to immigrate to Turkey as a DevOps engineer. You can move to Turkey through a work visa, and you need these items for a work visa. They are a general list of requirements, and there might be particular items in your case. But this is a general list of requirements.

Language proficiency.

This is the requirement that is with the Turkish employer. You need a job offer from an employer to move to the country. The language requirement is with the employer’s requirements. If the company is an international one and English is common, the employer might accept you are speaking English. But you might have to speak Turkish to get the job offer. This is rare as a person who has spent his/her life becoming a skilled DevOps engineer did not have time to learn Turkish. Unless the person wanted to move to Turkey and had plans for it. If you are determined to move to Turkey as a DevOps engineer, you can start learning the Turkish language. It could take one year to learn it to the extent that you can handle daily communication with co-workers. Overall, determine whether the employers hire you with English fluency or you need to become fluent in Turkish.

An educational degree.

The employers check your resume, and if you have a related education degree, it could improve the chance of getting the job offer. It’s not that you can not immigrate to Turkey as a DevOps engineer without an education degree, but it could improve the possibility. A university degree could convince employers and visa officers better. But, we need to emphasize once more that it is not a definite requirement. If you have long and enough work experience, you can persuade the employer and get the job offer.

Have work experience as a DevOps engineer.

This is a requirement that you can not skip. You must have related work experience to prove you can handle the tasks and responsibilities of a DevOps engineer. The employer looks particularly at the work experience and wants to ensure you have enough of it. The other point is that look at the date you graduated and the date you are applying. If there is a gap for a few years, you need to fill it with related work experience. This is required by Turkish immigration officials or visa officers. Work experience proves that you are a true DevOps engineer and want to work in Turkey. The other point is that you must convince the employer to get a job offer. There are a few stages of interviews with the technical team and HR department of the company you apply to. You must be able to pass them. The technical team asks specialized questions about the projects you have completed, challenges, or ways to develop. These questions are about your job, responsibilities, and tasks. The interviewers are experts and can easily find out if you are faking or just speaking from your memory, or if you really have work experience.

A convincing CV or resume.

The first and foremost requirement is to get a job offer from a Turkish employer. You must find an employer willing to hire you. Tell me what the first thing the future employer sees is. It’s your CV or resume. When you apply for a job position or the employer reaches you, they have seen your resume. So it must be convincing enough and persuade them. Look at your resume and try to find out if it is convincing enough for the employees to lead to an interview. Do your best to make it complete and perfect. You can see hundreds of sample interviews on the internet. Also, you can look at LinkedIn resumes and see the skills and abilities they have. If you are at the beginning of your journey, read the job descriptions, tasks and responsibilities, and the required skills. Try to find a few ones that are common in all of them and are the most required skills. You can work on them and achieve these skills or certificates.

Get a job offer from a Turkish employer.

This is the essential requirement, and you have to pass this obstacle to begin the journey of moving to Turkey as a DevOps engineer. It is mandatory to find a job offer with a Turkish employer. You need the Turkish government’s approval to work as a foreign person in the country. It is the employer who has to get the permission, and you, as an employee or DevOps engineer in this case, can not ask for permission. The employer has to submit some supporting documents to the authorities, and one of them is a work contract. The employer and DevOps engineer must sign an employment contract that covers all aspects of employment. You will learn more about the employment contract in the below section. The Turkish employer applies for a work permit, and you, as the DevOps engineer, apply for a work visa to the Turkish embassy/consulate in your home country.

Get a work permit from the immigration officials.

As explained in the above part, you need a work permit to work in Turkey as a DevOps engineer. Your employer has to apply for a work permit from inside Turkey. You will learn about the process and the supporting documents in the below section. Getting a work permit is a must, and you have to hold the Turkish authorities’ permission to work in the country.  You’d better work on your application and submit it according to the instructions to get the work permit. You also have to apply for a Turkey work visa. A work permit lets you work in the country legally, but a work visa lets you enter the country.

Being able to gather the visa documents.

Turkish officials require some supporting documents for your work permit and work visa application. You must be able to collect and submit all of them. The below section explains the supporting documents you have to submit for a work visa and work permit. You’d better look at them and find out whether you can provide them or not. For instance, you have to submit a clean record certificate from the country you have lived in for the past 5 years. It proves you have obeyed the national law and have not been involved in illegal or criminal activity. If you do not provide it, your application gets a bit complicated.

Have a valid passport.

You need a passport to leave your home country and get the visa label on it. But do you have a passport, and if yes, is it valid for at least one year? You need a valid passport at the time of application; if it’s not, you have to apply and get a new one. Are you able to get a new passport with enough validity? The answer must be yes.

What are the steps you have to follow?

These are the steps you have to follow to land in Turkey as a DevOps engineer and through a work visa;

Determine if you are eligible or not.

You’d better read the above section and find out whether you can fulfill the requirements or not. Also, look at the below section to know if you can gather the visa supporting documents or not. Look before you leap. Read the whole section at least once to get a clear understanding of the process you have to follow and the requirements. Also, you must be able to get a job offer from a Turkish employer. You, as a DevOps engineer, know better whether you can get it or not.

Look for a job offer as a DevOps engineer.

The first wall you have to climb is to look for a job offer as a DevOps engineer in Turkey. You must find an employer or company that needs your skills and is willing to hire you. There are various ways to find a job in Turkey, and you must use one or all of them to find a job.

Websites to find a job in Turkey.

The first way to find a job in Turkey is to look for a position through the websites that advertise jobs in the country. This is a list of these websites;
  • TotalJobs
  • Learn 4 Good
  • kariyer.net
  • Turkey Talent
  • Just Landed
  • LinkedIn
  • Craigslist
  • isilanlarikariyer.com
  • indeed.com
  • eleman.net
  • yenibiris.com
  • Snaphunt
You should prepare a resume and apply for positions as a DevOps engineer. You might have to search a lot or wait a bit to find a potion. As Turkey is developing rapidly in technology, IT, and other related section, you won’t have to wait a long time. You might be able to find a lot of positions. But you must be good enough to persuade an employer to hire you. Prepare a well-designed and defined resume and Send it to the employers. If your resume is good enough, employers will reach out, and you have to pass the interview with the HR team and technical team.

Recruitment agencies.

The other way you can use to find a job in Turkey is to get help from employment or recruitment agencies. These companies’ job is to find a job for you as an employee or find a new worker for employers. They charge you a commission or get money from the contract they sign with you. You have to figure out if the recruiter you have reached has a position for you or what their policy is. It’s up to you to find a company that can help you with finding a job. If you are wondering how to find such employment agencies, here is a list of them that you can see;
  • Gini Talent
  • EchoGlobal
  • CUP IT
  • FMC Group
  • OneWorld Consulting
  • TGS Lydia
  • Empatik İnsan Kaynakları
  • Nicholson International Turkey
  • Pratik İnsan Kaynakları
  • AZKAN Group
  • CottGroup

Visiting Turkey to get a job.

The other way to find a job in Turkey as a DevOps engineer is to visit the country. You can stay in Turkey for some time, apply for job positions, and send resumes to get an interview. The chance of getting accepted in a face-to-face interview is higher. The employers see that you are determined to get a job offer and are staying in Turkey to do so. They can evaluate you better and get a clear understanding of your character and work experience. If you are asking how to enter Turkey to find a job, you must know that Turkey doesn’t provide a job seeker visa like Germany. But you can enter the country as a tourist to find a job. If you are a song, the visa waived countries, you can enter the country with your passport and stay for some time. This visa exemption program lets you stay in Turkey for 90 days every six months of the year. Remember that the visa waiver doesn’t let you work in Turkey. You have to sign a contract, and then the employer must apply for a work permit. You can find the list of the visa-waived countries from the link a few lines back. What if you are not among the visa-waived countries? In this case, you can apply for a Turkey tourist visa. It lets you enter the country and stay for some time to visit the tourist attractions or visit a family member or friend. You can use this time to find a job, but you have no permission to work. If you mention in your application that you want to find a job as a tourist, your visa application will be rejected, and you can not enter the country. You can learn how to apply for a Turkey tourist visa from the Visa Library article or watch the related video we have prepared on our YouTube channel.

Sign an employment contract with the employer.

After you find the job offer from the employer and he is willing to hire you, the two sides have to sign an employment contract. It’s part of the supporting documents, and you have to submit it besides the other documents. The work contract must explain every aspect or terms of employment. It must state the job position, your salary, and every other item. This is a sample list of the items that must be mentioned in the work contract;
  • Job title
  • Duties
  • Salary or hourly rate
  • Raises, bonuses, incentive opportunities
  • Company stock options
  • Role requirements
  • Job description
  • Team & department assignment
  • Skill requirements
  • Health benefits
  • investment/retirement plans
  • Bonuses
  • Location of the job.
  • The date it will begin and end.
  • Etc.
You can get help from a lawyer to read and sign the contract. Read every line carefully and understand the terms and obligations. Be careful the version you are signing is the one that you have read carefully.

The employer applies for a work permit.

At this stage, the Turkish employer must apply for a work permit from the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services, MLSS. He/she has to submit some supporting documents to the MLSS. This is a sample list of the document the employer has to submit;
  • Work Permit Application Letter.
  • Foreign Personnel Application Form.
  • The Trade Registry Gazette of Turkey.
  • A balance sheet and profit/loss statement for the most recent year.
  • Notarized power of attorney.
  • Employment contract.
  • CV/resume
  • Clean record certificate.
  • Educational documents.
  • Proof of work experience
  • Valid passport.
  • Other passports you have had.
  • Etc
As you see, the employer has to gather part of the above slit on the employee and the other parts. The employee has to send the documents to the employer so he/she can submit the application.  Gather the supporting documents.  At this stage, the employee or DevOps engineer must gather the work visa supporting documents. You have to submit them to the Turkish embassy/consulate or visa center in your home country. This is a sample list of the documents you have to gather;
  1. Completed Turkey Work Visa Application Form.
You can get it from the Turkish embassy in your home country.
  1. Photos.
You need two identical photos of yourself. Photos should be biometric and not older than six months ago at the time of application.
  1. Passport.
It should be valid for six months after you land in Turkey.
  1. Job Offer or work contract.
Your document must contain information about your job position, remuneration, and contract validity period. It must explain every detail about your employment.
  1. Clean record certificate.
A certificate that shows you were not part of any criminal activity or legal issues in recent years. You must get it from the police or judiciary officials in your home country. Whether the document needs verification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Justice is a decision of the Turkish embassy in your home country.
  1. Diploma or Graduation Certificate.
A verified translator must translate your BA or MA certificate. Whether you need the verification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the translation is with the embassy.
  1. Medical Insurance.
You need insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Turkey. You can buy one from your home country, or your employer can arrange it for you, so you can submit the receipt.
  1. Evidence of accommodation in Turkey.
You may present proof of a real estate property in Turkey or a rent agreement. There are websites where you can rent a place in Turkey with them.
  1. Proof of having enough funds.
You must submit a bank statement that proves you have enough money to cover your expenses for the first months of your stay in Turkey. The above list is not complete, and you might have to submit further documents. It’s up to your case, nationality, and the Turkish embassy’s decision. You can begin gathering the above list earlier, but the documents mustn’t be old or have an expiry deadline.

Apply for a work visa.

You have to complete the online application form for your Turkey work visa application. There you have to pick a center to submit your application and documents. Schedule a meeting with the center and visit them in person. You have to bring all the gathered documents and submit them to the officials. You have to pay the fees for visa processing as well. There might be an interview as well. The embassy asks questions about the purpose of your visit, the city you will work in, the company, and other related questions about your employment. You should also find out if the embassy asks for other documents or not. If there is a procedure with the Turkish embassy in your home country, you have to figure it out.

Visa results.

You should wait for visa processing and the decision by the embassy. The processing time is with the embassy and whether they ask for further documents or not. When your visa is issued, the embassy informs you to send or deliver your passport to get the visa label on it. After you get the visa stick, you can move to Turkey.

Steps you have to follow after you arrive in Turkey.

When you get the visa stick, you can move to Turkey and begin your work. When you land in Turkye, you need a foreign national identification (ID) number to register your address. It starts with 99. To get a foreign ID, you must first receive your residence permit card. Visit the Ikamet residence website to apply for your residence permit. You will have to give your name and surname, date of birth, parents’ names, nationality, and contact info. Then you should go to the “Central Appointment System” website and make an appointment at the nearest office of the Directorate General of Migration Management. You complete a form with your information and address in Turkey. You’ll receive the address of the nearest DGMM office and the list of the required documents. You’ll also get the available dates and times for the appointment and the application and card fee that you have to pay. After getting the residence permit and ID card, you must register with the Address Registry System within one month of arriving in Turkey. You should book an online appointment. If you live in Istanbul, you must visit the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management to register your address. If you live in another city or district, you must go to the District Population Directorates in your district.

DevOps engineer salaries in Turkey.

Your salary as a DevOps engineer is up to various factors. Different sources have mentioned various numbers for your income. According to Pilot.co website, the average salary of a DevOps engineer is about 72,000 USD per year. According to glassdoor, your average salary is about TRY28.000 or $about 2.000. This is while Salary Expert indicates that the average salary is about ₺257.069 ($14.493). Your salary is much up to the company you work for and your work experience.

Is it easy to immigrate to Turkey?

The answer is that Turkey needs skilled foreign workers, and it is true with engineers and developers. But you must be able to get a job offer. The hard part is that you have to persuade a Turkish employer to hire you. Your resume and skills must be highly good to convince the employer to bring you to the country. If you manage to get the job offer, the rest is also hard but not that hard. The answer to some levels depends on your conditions, work experience, education, and how many skills you have in DevOps engineering.

Let’s sum up…

The Visa Library team brought you how to immigrate and work in Turkey as a DevOps engineer. You learned the list of requirements and the process you have to follow to land in Turkey as a DevOps engineer. The entire process is explained in detail. You also got answers to some of your questions. If you have questions, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will answer them.

Frequently asked questions about moving to Turkey as a DevOps engineer.

What’s the first step to moving to Turkey as a DevOps engineer? You have to find a job offer with a Turkish employer and then receive a work permit and work visa. Do I need language proficiency? It’s up to the employer that accepts you as a DevOps engineer who speaks English or needs a person who is fluent in Turkish. Where should I apply? The employer applies to the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services, MLSS, and you apply to the Turkish embassy/consulate in your home country.

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