The book How to Teach English in Turkey is an excellent resource for realising your Turkish dream of living and working in the country. You should do it as well! It’s the best way to fill a year in between other obligations. While English is taught in all Turkish schools, not all students understand it. Many people discover that they need extra training to obtain the best jobs, so they enroll in private lessons or employ English tutors. If you want to retire to Turkey early, but still work part-time, this is an excellent idea.
Many English-language schools in Istanbul, Ankara, and other major Turkish cities hire TEFL teachers, especially native speakers. If English is your first language, you have a significant advantage and are on your way to becoming a teacher. Fortunately, teaching is an ability that can be mastered.
What is TEFL?
A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course is a well-respected entry-level EFL certification. A TEFL certificate will prepare you to teach English language skills, develop or refresh your English grammar knowledge, and schedule lessons for students.
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge CELTA) Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Trinity CertTESOL) Level 5 TEFL Diploma are the most common TEFL qualifications.
Visa for working in Turkey
Do you want to work or study in Turkey and need a Turkish visa? To receive a work permit and visa, you must apply to the nearest Turkish diplomatic mission a month before your planned arrival in Turkey. You must have your passport, a visa application form, and a letter from your Turkish employer, as they are all required.
Other documents should be sent to Turkey’s Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) within three working days of your application for a work permit and visa. The MLSS is expected to finalise fully-completed applications (that is, approve or deny a permit) within 30 days. It is essential to register with the police near where you intend to live in Turkey before beginning to work or study. Within the first month of your arrival in Turkey, you must obtain the requisite residency permit (Kamet Tezkeresi).
Old tourist visa
Foreigners have previously entered Turkey on tourist visas, illegally operated, crossed the border into Greece or Bulgaria at the end of their visa period, re-entered Turkey, and received a new visa (valid for 90 days for some passport holders). They’d do it again and again, maybe for years at a time.
New tourist visa as of 2012
The Turkish government enacted new legislation on January 12, 2012, to prevent tourist visas’ misuse. A “90-day tourist visa” now allows you to stay in Turkey for up to 90 days within 180 days. This means that you must leave Turkey after 90 days and not return until another 90 days have passed. You cannot literally cross into another world, stay for a day or two outside of Turkey, and then return to Turkey on a new 90-day tourist visa. Instead, you must apply for a residency visa in advance at a Turkish consulate and then apply for a residence permit (Kamet Tezkeresi) when you arrive in Turkey.
How long do you have to wait for the visa to be issued?
It’s important to remember that after you’ve entered Turkey on a work visa and applied for a residence permit. It could take up to two months for your residence permit to arrive, and you can’t leave the country during that time! You can’t legally leave the country without your residency permit, or you’ll face a hefty fine. So, after you arrive in Turkey to work or study, expect to stay for at least two months.