Turkey is one of the most amazing Asian countries with a developed economy. The tourism section brings millions of people to this ancient country, and people want to visit the wonders of the Ottoman Empire. The IT section is highly developed, and employers need skilled workers. If you want to immigrate and work in Turkey as an IT specialist, this article brings you everything you must know.

What are the requirements to move to Turkey as an IT specialist?

This section brings you the list of required items to immigrate and work as an IT specialist in Turkey. These are the requirements you need to have to get a job offer as an It specialist. As you will see later in the article, one of the essential items is to get a job offer from an employer in Turkey.

A related educational degree.

One of the requirements to work as an It specialist is often having a related educational degree. This requirement is with the employer, but having it could be a positive feature.

You might be an IT specialist without a related educational degree and still be able to move to Turkey. But having it is a strong point in your resume.

The type of course or the place you got is not that important. But it must be valid in your home country. The higher the ranking of the center, the better. These are some of the courses that lead to an IT specialist job. 

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Data Science
  • Entertainment and Media Computing
  • Information Technologies (BSIT)
  • Graphic Information Technology
  • Information Management (MSIM
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud Computing and Solutions

We need to emphasize that not having an educational degree is not a barrier to becoming an IT specialist in Turkey.

Have work experience as an IT specialist.

This is the requirement that you often must have, and there is no way to skip it. Having work experience as an IT specialist is necessary to get a job offer. Whatever the position you apply for, you have to have work experience. This is the requirement that employers look for and emphasize on it.

The higher the quality of your work experience as an It specialist, the better. It proves you can do the job for the employer and that your skills are enough.

Also, you need to fill your educational gap. If a few years have passed since your graduation, you have to fill this gap with related work experience. It proves that you have not been involved in an illegal activity but have worked as an IT specialist.

Remember that you can not mention every point you want in your application or resume. You must have proof of your work experience. It must be a document issued by the company or employer you have worked for. The document must be on company letterhead and have stamps and signatures. You might have to get it translated by a verified translation office or get it apostilled.

The documents you provide for your work experience must be complete and prove everything well. If you are determined to immigrate to Turkey as an IT specialist, you should gather every work experience proof you have. Try to collect as many documents as you have.

A job offer from a Turkish employer.

The first step to immigrating to Turkey as an IT specialist is to get a job offer. You have to find an IT specialist position with a Turkish employer. There is no way to remove or skip this part, and you have to hold it. This is the first greatest obstacle you have to pass.

Having work experience and an educational degree is required to get a job offer. Without a job offer, there is no work permit or work visa.

You have to work hard to get a job offer. There are others who want to work in Turkey as It specialists. So the competition is tough. You’d better work on your resume as much as you can to manage to get a job offer.

If you are wondering how you can get a job offer in Turkey, there are some ways, and you can find them in the below section. You can use one or all of them to find an employer willing to hire you. Whatever the ways you sue, you have to find a job offer.

Get a work permit from Turkish officials.

After you find a job with a Turkish employer, he/she must apply for a work permit. This is permission to work as a foreign national in Turkey. Every foreign national who wants to work in Turkey needs a work permit, except for the nationals of Cyprus.

It’s the employer who must apply for a work permit. You, as the employee or IT specialist in this case, can not apply for a work permit.

You can only for in Turkey as a foreign person if the Turkish government allows it. The employer and employee have to submit some supporting documents to the government as well. An employment contract is one of them. The two sides have to sign an employment contract with the terms and conditions of employment. Every aspect must be clarified in it.

Being able to gather the supporting documents.

You have to apply for a work permit and work visa and receive them to enter Turkey. To do so, you must gather some supporting documents and submit them to immigration officials. It’s a must to be able to gather them.

You can get familiar with the required supporting documents in the below section. You have to gather two sets of documents; a work permit and a work visa. You send the work permit supporting documents to the employer, so he/she can apply for a work permit. But you gather the work visa supporting documents and submit them to the Turkish embassy/consulate in your home country.

For instance, one of the required documents is a clean record certificate. You must be able to get it from your home country and submit it to the embassy.

Infographic How to immigrate and work in turkey as an IT Specialist

What are the steps you have to follow?

The steps you have to follow to immigrate as an IT specialist in Turkey are as follows;

Find a job offer as an IT specialist.

The first step to becoming an It specialist in Turkey is to find a job offer. You have to get a job offer and find an employer who needs your skills and abilities.

This is because the priority is with the Turkish nationals. If the employer can not find someone in the country, then he/she can bring a foreign person to the country. There are some in-demand skills that there are not enough skilled workers there, and an IT specialist is one of them.

If you want to know how to find a job in Turkey, look at the below section.

Sign an employment contract.

After you find the job offer or the employer who is willing to hire you, you have to sign en employment contract with him/her. This is an essential requirement, and you have to sign it. If the employer is unwilling to sign a contract and asks for a large amount of money, it could be a sign of fraud or scam.

You have to work on the contract and make it perfect. Read the contract carefully and determine the terms and obligations.

These are some of the items that you should include in the 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 add other sections or terms to it as well. It’s up to you and the type of job you will do. There are many samples on the internet you can read to get a clear understanding of a work contract. You could also ask for advice from a lawyer or your family lawyer. But be careful the version you sign is the one you have read before and agreed on its terms. Read every line of the contract and determine what obligations it puts on you.

This is the stage you have to be careful. As Turkey experiences inflation and a change in prices, try to get a good salary.

The employer applies for a work permit.

After you are done with the work contract, the employer must apply for a work permit. He/she submits the supporting documents and applies them to the related officials in Turkey.

There is a list of documents you have to send to the employer. The legal or HR department of the company guides you on the list you have to submit. But this is a sample list of the documents that 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.

There could be some instructions on each one of the above documents. For instance, you might have to submit a copy of each one, or one piece can not be older than a certain time. For example, your CV must reflect all of your work experience in a timeline, or your clean record certificate can not be older than one month. You might have to get the documents translated by a certified translation office;

  • stamp,
  • signature,
  • email address,
  • phone number,
  • address,
  • and on the translation office letterhead.
  • Etc.

If you have questions about your documents, do not hesitate and ask the company. If something is wrong with your application, the work visa application might get rejected.

The employer has to apply to the  Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services, MLSS.

The employee’s application will be rejected if the employer doesn’t submit an application to the MLSS. There is an online application form with the MLSS that the employer must complete as well.

It takes about one month until the ministry decides on the work permit application.

When Turkish officials issue the work permit or inform the employer of the results, he/she must send them to the Turkish embassy in the employee’s home country.

At the same time. You must gather the list of supporting documents for a work visa. See the below section to know the work visa supporting documents.

Gather the work visa supporting documents.

This is a sample list of the documents you have to gather and submit to the Turkish embassy/consulate in your home country;

  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.

You need at least €50 for each day of your stay in the country.

  1. A booked Flight ticket.

You must book a roundtrip flight and show this document to the embassy on your interview day.

This was the list of supporting documents.

But was it all of it?


The embassy might ask you to submit a few additional documents.

It’s up to your case and nationality.

Embassy meeting.

After you’re done gathering the supporting documents, you must schedule a meeting with the Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country. You must visit them in person and bring all the gathered documents. Don’t forget anything.

You’d better ask them about the full list of supporting documents and how much visa processing costs. Visit their website or email them to know if they have supporting documents. If one of your friends or a co-worker has applied, you can ask for his/her experience as well.

Also, ask them how they receive the cost of the visa.

There is a fee for work visa processing as well that you have to pay to the embassy. You might have to pay with your credit card or transfer the amount to your bank account. Ask the embassy how much it costs you and how you have to pay the fees.

Either way, after you have paid the fee, keep the receipt of your payment.

During the meeting, the officials will ask questions about your employment and background.

Prepare yourself for the interview and give true answers. You would better prepare yourself and have some answers to tell them. What you say is important, and the embassy officials evaluate your case by your answers. They must align with your documents or the information you have provided in your application. It’s one of the stages in which they decide whether to issue a work visa or not. So do not take it easy. It’s not terrifying, but you should prepare yourself for it.

Wait for the results.

After you are done with the embassy, the embassy informs you of the results. You will have to pick up your visa at the embassy. It’s the stick on your passport, and you have to hold it to enter the country.

The processing time is with the embassy, their workload, and your case. You would better be careful and submit a full list of documents to speed up the process. If one piece of your document is missing or the embassy asks for further documents, the processing will be longer.

After you arrive in Turkey.

When you get the visa stick, you can move to Turkey and begin your work. When you land in Turkey, 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 from the link in the description 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.

How can you find a job in Turkey as an IT specialist?

There are various ways you can use to find a job in Turkey. It’s up to you and your conditions to use one or all of them and find the job.

But whatever way you use, you have to find the job offer, and there is no way to skip it. The article explained well enough why you need a job offer. It’s a must to find an employer who needs your skills, and then the employer must apply for a work permit. Without an employer applying for a work permit, you can not work in Turkey as a foreign person.

Websites that offer job positions.

The first way to find a job in Turkey as an IT specialist is to look for a position through websites that advertise job positions. This is a list of these websites that you can use;

  • Learn 4 Good
  • Turkey Talent
  • LinkedIn
  • Craigslist
  • Just Landed
  • indeed.com
  • eleman.net
  • isilanlarikariyer.com
  • yenibiris.com
  • kariyer.net
  • Snaphunt
  • TotalJobs

Employment agencies.

The other way you can use to find a job in Turkey is to get help from employment agencies. These companies connect employers and employees and can help you find a job.

This is a list of the famous employment agencies in Turkey;

  • Gini Talent
  • EchoGlobal
  • CUP IT
  • FMC Group
  • OneWorld Consulting
  • TGS Lydia
  • Empatik İnsan Kaynakları
  • Nicholson International Turkey
  • Pratik İnsan Kaynakları
  • AZKAN Group
  • CottGroup

Visit their website to know what is their policy and contract rules. Also, determine if they can help you in your field or not.

Visiting Turkey to find a job.

The third way to find a job in Turkey as a mechanical engineer is to visit the country. You can send resumes and then visit the country to have a face-to-face meeting. The chance is higher to get the job as the employer can get a better understanding of you and evaluate you well.

If you are among the visa-waived countries, you do not need a visa to visit Turkey. Your passport permits you to enter the country and stay for some time. It’s often up to 90 days and should be enough to find a job.

In case you are not among the Visa Waiver countries, you can apply for a Turkey tourist visa. You can read about it in the Visa Library article or watch the related video on our YouTube channel.

Is it easy to immigrate to Turkey as an IT specialist?

The country needs IT specialists, and there are so many freelancers working there. The government has provided good infrastructure and facilities and is developing the economy.

The answer is up to the demands and whether you need a find a job offer or not. The first and foremost requirement is to get a job offer. You must be able to persuade the employer to hire you.

If you manage to find an employer to hire you, the rest is not that hard.

Do you need language proficiency to work as an IT specialist?

The language requirement is up to the employer. He/she will inform you whether you must know English or Turkish.

English is common in the country, but the locals do not speak or understand English a lot.

When you look for a position, determine if it requires you to know English or Turkish.

Let’s sum up…

You found out how to immigrate and work in Turkey as an IT specialist through this Visa Library page. The list of requirements and the application process you have to follow got covered. It also provided answers to some of your FAQs.

If you have questions about the process, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will respond to them.

You can find out about other Turkey visa types from the menu or other countries’ visas.

Frequently asked questions about moving to Turkey as an IT specialist.

What is the first step to immigrating to Turkey as an IT specialist?

You have to find a job offer from an employer.

Do I need a visa to work as a foreign person in Turkey?

Yes, except for the nationals of Cyprus, everyone needs a work visa to work in Turkey.

Where do I have to apply for a work visa?

The employer applies for a work permit from the immigration officials, and you apply to the Turkish embassy.

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