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Legalixa is an award-winning immigration law firm in Istanbul, Turkey with an exceptional success rate in almost every legal matter we have ever handled. Everything you need to know about getting a job and live and work in Turkey. We may live in an ever-changing world, but we also want to be masters of our own destinies and change our own worlds to suit our own plans which are why so many of us think about living abroad.
Some of us travel extensively, some wait until we retire and then move abroad, but some of us can’t wait and we want to go and live overseas and work to earn an income abroad as well.
Our Turkish citizenship lawyers represent our clients from application until they get their Turkish Passport. Our Turkish immigration lawyers also represent our clients in other immigration law issues including; extending resident and work permits, applying for Turkish citizenship, and filing a lawsuit to cancel any objections.
One nation that is becoming of increasing interest to internationally minded individuals in Turkey. It offers such a fantastic quality of very affordable life – so if you want to live and work in Turkey but you’re not sure where to start, let us guide you.
Live and Work in Turkey
If you want to visit Turkey temporarily many countries’ citizens can simply get a tourism visa at the Turkish port or airport you land. If you are from any other nation, check with your local Turkish embassy for entry requirements.
Many countries’ citizens can stay in Turkey for less than three months with this tourism visa. However, if you plan on moving to live more permanently in Turkey, you will have to apply for a resident permit.
The first step on the road to getting this is going with your passport to the local police headquarters and registering your presence in the nation.
The process to gain residency can change – so simply speak to the police about current legislation. Be prepared to have to show a bank statement showing at least a small amount of savings so that the authorities can be satisfied that you can look after yourself financially speaking when living in Turkey.
Once you become a resident in Turkey, you officially become liable for taxation on your Turkish income, so if you find work in Turkey and are granted a work visa you will have to pay income tax which is between 17% to 40% – that’s the bad news.
The good news is that you’re usually taxed at the source which makes it easier for you and you can make all sorts of deductions annually such as your rent, health insurance costs, some clothing, food, and some educational expenses – a good accountant can help you with your deductions.
If you move to live and work in Turkey and you become self-employed and open a bar or restaurant, for example, you will have to submit a tax return and you will have to make four advance payments of tax, one each quarter. These will be based on your previous year’s earnings and amount to about 20% of your net profit.
As a foreign employee working in Turkey you will be expected to make social tax contributions too – these will be around a 5% tax on income up to a maximum limit, which is a lot less than locals have to pay – but then as a foreigner, you are not really ever going to get anything back from the social contributions you make.
For example, some of the money goes towards schools and the health service, but most ex-pats educate their children in international schools and have private health insurance…
To find work in Turkey you can begin looking before you even relocate. If you’re a professional in a sought-after industry you may be lucky enough to find a well-paying job in Ankara or Istanbul.
If you speak Turkish you stand a better chance – otherwise, most foreign citizens living and working in Turkey are employed in the tourism, education, and real estate industries.
Turkish Citizenship with Investment
Turkish Citizenship Law’s Article 12 allows foreign investors to acquire Turkish citizenship in exceptional terms; with 18.09.2018 dated 106 numbered Presidential Decree, mandatory new arrangements have been made regarding the amounts mentioned in Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the aforementioned Law.