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Old 29th July 2020, 14:43   #1 (permalink)
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Entering Turkey without physical work permit

I have recently been issued a work permit to begin work in Turkey soon. The process was done completely by the employer so the permit is in Turkey and I am in the US at the moment. I researched, to no avail, how to enter the country without having the physical permit card (I have a copy and contract info for the job). I even contacted the Turkish consulate but they didn't seem to understand that I'm not trying to go to turkey to get a job, I already have one. They just told me I have to go to my nearest consulate to get a permit... which I can't do because it's in Turkey. He didn't seem to have any knowledge or advice on my specific situation of already having been issued a work permit card.

It has been advised that I enter with a 90 day visa and just have the copy of my work permit card, contract, and official letter from the company with me just in case. However, as I believe I am already in the system as having a work permit, I'm concerned I'll show up as such when my passport is scanned while trying to enter with the 90 day visa, which I'm assuming will be a significant issue. This is really stressing me out as I have not found any other solutions. If anyone has been in this situation before or just have some advice I would so greatly appreciate it.
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Old 29th July 2020, 14:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

Is it possible to get someone to courier out the work permit?
A couple of years ago our friend applied for a residence permit and then flew to England. The RP arrived at out house while she was away and, as the postman knew us he allowed me to sign for it. I scanned it and sent her the scan, but it was not needed as she was already in the system.
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Old 29th July 2020, 18:39   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

How did you get a Work Permit without holding a valid Residence Permit & while abroad?..you sure you didn't get a work visa from the Turkish Consulate in your country?
Never heard of a WP being issued by YOK or the Ministry of Labour for someone who doesn't hold a Residence Permit.
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How did you get a Work Permit without holding a valid Residence Permit & while abroad?..you sure you didn't get a work visa from the Turkish Consulate in your country?
Never heard of a WP being issued by YOK or the Ministry of Labour for someone who doesn't hold a Residence Permit.
No I definitely didn't get the permit from the Turkish Consulate in my country. I sent the required documents to the employer and they did the entire process. When getting a work permit abroad, it serves as a residence permit as well. However, you're right, it is usually available at a consulate for me to pick up, if I did the process personally. But I guess it was sent to the employer in Turkey because they did the process themselves. This is my assumption anyway.
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

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Is it possible to get someone to courier out the work permit?
A couple of years ago our friend applied for a residence permit and then flew to England. The RP arrived at out house while she was away and, as the postman knew us he allowed me to sign for it. I scanned it and sent her the scan, but it was not needed as she was already in the system.
I asked if they could send the work permit to me but they said they couldn't because I have to sign for it in person, so they sent me a copy of the card instead. However, I was told this will not work and I will need the physical card. So your friend was able to return to Turkey by just using her passport (no visa) and was allowed to enter without any problems?
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

Why not get a Tourist Visa. If they question you, just explain what has happened. You may be over-thinking this; as long as you are legal (one way or another) I doubt they will bother you. You should probably cancel the Tourist Visa after you pick up your Work papers.

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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

My friend was able to enter the country without the RP, but I am not sure whether she got a tourist visa or not, and she has since died, so I cannot ask her.
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

I seem to recall threads on here about employers claiming to have obtained working permits for employees only for the employee to find out the hard way it wasn't true, missing pay was clue one, not trying to be alarmist but proceed with caution. Is there an element of criminal records checks for this visa ? if so how was that carried out.

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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

Tell your employer to get a work visa for you
It will be on the system when you arrive and you don’t have to show anything we you arrive
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Re: Entering Turkey without physical work permit

He has already said a visa exists, but he does not have it in his hand. But if he comes without anything and gets to the arrival point, if he is not on the system, he is stuck and will be on the next plane out. Is there a way to check if you are on the system beforehand?

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