On 13 August 2016, Law No: 6735 on the International
Work Force (the "Law") has come into force,
abrogating Law No: 4817 on the Work Permits for the Foreigners
which was in effect since 2003.
The Law sets out rules regarding obtaining work permits and
exemptions for foreign citizens applying in Turkey or from abroad.
The aim of the Law is to effectively combat the illegal foreign
workforce, to facilitate obtaining work permits for foreign
managers and qualified technical staff, to attract foreign
investment by flexing the work permit scheme and to comply with the
EU acquis as well as international conventions.
The Law sets out novelties such as turquoise
card which entitles its holder rights granted by the
indefinite term work permit and right to reside in Turkey for
his/her spouse and children.
Scope of the Law
The Law covers foreigners who work or apply to work in Turkey,
who are being trained or who apply to be trained by an employer in
Turkey, who do or apply to do an internship in Turkey or who are
foreign cross-border temporary service providers; as well as
natural or legal persons who employ or apply to employ foreign
citizens. The Law also covers those who are exempted from obtaining
We expect a secondary legislation on the Law to be published in
the upcoming days in order to set out a detailed scheme of its
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