Turkey has introduced new principles and procedures regarding
work permits for foreigners, as well as exemptions. Existing
uncertainties about work permit requirements for company directors
have been clarified and a new "Turquoise Card" system is
introduced, The Turquoise Card grants holders the same benefits as
an indefinite term work permit.
The Law on International Labor Force
("Law") was published in Official
Gazette numbered 6735 on 28 July 2016, entering into force on the
same day. It supersedes The Law on Work Permits for Foreigners
Uncertainties about work permits for company directors have now
been clarified. Accordingly, the following people must now obtain
Directors who are shareholders of
limited liability companies.
Directors who are shareholders of
joint stock companies.
Directors who are also active
partners of partnerships in commendam, where the capital is divided
The following people are exempt from requiring a work
Directors of joint stock companies
who are not resident in Turkey.
Shareholders who are not acting as
Other notable changes to the work permit regime include:
The "Turquoise Card" system
Same benefits as indefinite term work
Granted initially for a three year
Granted based on education,
experience, contribution in science and technology, impact of the
applicant's activity or investment in Turkey on national
economy, as well as employment.
Spouses and dependent children of
Turquoise Card holders receive documents indicating their
relationship, which can be used as a residence permit.
Foreigners must now enter Turkey
within six months of the date their work permit was issued, or the
permit will be cancelled.
Work permit applications can now be
made via authorized intermediary institutions.
The Ministry of Labor and Social
Security ("Ministry") will establish a
Foreigner Application, Evaluation and Monitoring System, to receive
and evaluate work permit requests and monitor the impacts of
Turkey's foreign labor force.
Work permit extension applications
must now be made sixty days before an existing permit expires, or
the Ministry will reject the extension application.
Foreigners applying for or
undertaking internships, as well as temporary workers (cross border
service providers), are now included in the scope of the work
Applicants for indefinite term work
permits must now have been previously granted at least eight
years' worth of work permits (previously six years).
The Ministry will publish further details as secondary
regulations, such as application terms and procedures.
Definite term work permits granted before 28 July 2016 will be
valid until their expiry date. Indefinite term work permits will
continue to be valid, unless the Ministry cancels them.
The Law continues the existing categories of work permits:
Indefinite term; Definite term; Independent. Work permit
applications continue to be possible from both inside and outside
Please see this link for the full text of the Regulation
(only available in Turkish).
Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal
update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.
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