Can a Turkish Citizen Work in Cyprus?

People who are not citizens of Northern Cyprus are given a certain visitor period after entering the country. Visitors can leave the country during this period granted by Northern Cyprus or apply to the competent authorities and request an extension of this period.

In how many days is the Cyprus preliminary work permit given?

For citizens of the third country, the approval period for the preliminary permit application takes at least 15 days. If the worker previously entered the island and exited again within 3 days, the Police Investigation process by the Police Department is not required and the preliminary permit application can be approved within 3 or 4 days.

Turkish citizens, who have been granted a work permit by the TRNC Ministry of Labor and Social Security, have the right to work in the sector they want in Northern Cyprus. However, this work permit varies between 6 months and 12 months.

If the employer and employee want to continue working together after the work permit expires, an application must be made for the extension of the work permit. The extension of the work permit period must be done 2 months before the expiry date of the work permit or within 3 months at the latest after the expiry of the period. Otherwise, the work permit will be canceled and the employee’s relationship with the company will be terminated. Turkish citizens can also easily own real estate in Cyprus.

Is it possible to work in the TRNC without a preliminary permit?

Foreign nationals who enter the country without the preliminary permission given by the TRNC Ministry of Labor and Social Security cannot be employed in any workplace. It is not possible to apply for a Work Permit for these persons. If a worker with a Pre-Permit does not start work at the workplace where the Pre-permit is given after entering the TRNC, the Pre-Permit is canceled and the right to apply for a work permit is lost.

Is it possible to work in more than one job at the same time with a work permit?

If you are working in a workplace with a work permit, you cannot work in another workplace or with another employer from the workplace specified in the permit.

How long is the work permit?

The Work Permit is issued for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 1 year. After the expiration of the 6-month or 1-year work permit, if you continue to work with the same employer in the same workplace, business and profession, the work permit must be renewed.

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