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sheffin



Joined: 18 Jun 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Working permit in Istanbul Reply with quote

Is it illegal to work in Istanbul for 4 months with only a resident permit?
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Yogita



Joined: 17 Jun 2012
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Location: Turkey

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A residency permit doesn't give permission to work. So yes it would be illegal. I had the same misconception too initially. Although a lot of teachers work in turkey without work permits.
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Qaaolchoura



Joined: 10 Oct 2008
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Location: 21 miles from the Syrian border

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Especially in Istanbul. My impression is that generally the majority of schools outside of Istanbul obtain work permits for their teachers, and the majority in Istanbul don't.

A lot of schools in Turkey, especially in Istanbul will tell you that they help you get a residency permit, but it's no difficulty to get an RP on your own and those schools are trying to mislead you. You need both a residency and work permit to work legally here.

~Q
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parnett



Joined: 29 Jun 2012
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Location: China

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent 13 years in Turkey and had a work permit a grand total of one time (in Gaziantep). I spent 3 years doing the border run deal every three months. The remainder of my time in Turkey I had a residence visa.
It is illegal, but the police simply ignore this. When a government inspector was due to visit, the school was warned, and foreign teachers were given a few hours off. Twice a government inspector's son was actually in my class.
I was never able to get a second work permit for some reason. It had something to do with the fact I had an M.A. but no teacher's license.
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