Istanbul - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

There is no real ability to work on the local economy, especially without Turkish language. Most employed American spouses work at the consulate. - Sep 2017

Teaching jobs, yes. All others, well, I hope that your spouse can get a job in the consulate. - Oct 2010

In education yes, in other areas very few. - Jan 2010

No and the Turks make it very difficult - Jan 2010

The official work permit route can be long and difficult, but some have succeeded. The informal route of teaching English or consulting, sometimes being paid via the home country, also seems to work. But it has its perils. - Dec 2009

None. There is a minimal bilateral work agreement between the US and Turkey. I believe the only exception is teaching. There are only a small handful of family member jobs within the consulate. - Dec 2009

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