Business in Turkey
International Workforce Law No. 6735, published in Official Gazette numbered 29800 dated 13 August 2016, has replaced the former Work Permit Law No 4817 and introduced many changes as regard to work permit regulations of foreigners as well as new amounts of administrative fines for illegal employment of foreigners and for failure to fulfill the obligation of notification.
Pursuant to article 15 of said Law, in case of expiration or cancellation by Ministry, work permits and work permit exemptions loss their validity.
One of the ways of entering into Turkey markets for foreign-based commercial enterprises is setting up liaison offices, which are specified in Foreign Direct Investment Law No. 4857, and in the framework of procedures and principles stated in “Application Regulation”.
A liaison office (also called representative office), can be defined as an office established in a foreign country to act as a channel between the parent company and the entities in the country it is established. These offices can only engage in liaison, and do not perform any commercial activities that generate revenue or profit, and the all expenses of a liaison office shall be covered by the foreign based company.
Work permit can be granted to certain categories of persons who have some status and/or qualifications determined by Ministry of Labor and Social Security. However, there is not such a type of work permit called "exceptional," and it should not be taken as an exemption from work permit requirements. Granting work permit exceptionally is simply means that, principles for assessments of applications and time periods specified in Law will not be applied to some persons.
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