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
- Cloud Computing and Solutions
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.
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
- 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
- Location of the job.
- The date it will begin and end.
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.
- Clean record certificate.
- Educational documents.
- Proof of work experience
- Valid passport.
- Other passports you have had.
- email address,
- phone number,
- and on the translation office letterhead.
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;
- Completed Turkey Work Visa Application Form.
- Job Offer or work contract.
- Clean record certificate.
- Diploma or Graduation Certificate.
- Medical Insurance.
- Evidence of accommodation in Turkey.
- Proof of having enough funds.
- A booked Flight ticket.
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 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 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
- Just Landed
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
- CUP IT
- FMC Group
- OneWorld Consulting
- NBS HUMAN RESOURCES
- TGS Lydia
- Empatik İnsan Kaynakları
- Nicholson International Turkey
- Pratik İnsan Kaynakları
- AZKAN Group