You've found the right candidate to fill a vacancy within
your Turkish entity, but this person is a foreign national. What
needs to happen before your new employee can start? Rules have
changed in recent years and it's vital to keep up to date. Here
are six things you need to know about work permits in Turkey.
1. No permit, no work
A work permit must be obtained before the foreign employee is
physically assigned to work in Turkey. Applications are handled by
the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
2. Penalty risk
Companies detected employing foreigners without work permits are
liable for a penalty of TL 8,848 per employee, and the employees
themselves can be personally fined TL 881. There may also be other
3. 5 to 1 ratio
In order to recruit a foreign employee, a company must already
employ at least five Turkish citizens. Meanwhile, paid-in capital
of the company must be at least TL 100,000.
4. Special cases
The terms and conditions applicable to employers defined as
Specific Direct Foreign Investments (including liaison offices) and
foreign national key personnel are required to be separately
evaluated. Meanwhile, different application criteria apply to
foreign specialists employed to work in fields such as
5. Work permits also serve as residence permits
A foreign employee who holds a valid work permit automatically
receives a residence permit that's valid until the expiry date
of the work permit.
6. 30 days to register
A foreign employee with a work permit must be registered with
the social security office within 30 days of the start of the work
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This article aims to clarify the matters concerning Turkish citizenship acquisition in relation with Turkish Citizenship Law.
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