General Directorate of International Workforce announced that work permit fees of Syrian Nationals under Temporary Protection are reduced to 200,00 TRY.
As per Turkish Act on Fees No. 492, temporary work permit (up to one year) fee is 537,50 TRY. However, this amount is decreased to 200,00 TRY for Syrian nationals as of 15 December 2017.
WORK PERMIT REGULATION OF SYRIANS
“Regulation on Work Permit of Refugees under Temporary Protection” has been issued in the Official Journal No. 2016/8375, dated 15 January 2016, and these refugees will be granted work permit under certain conditions and restrictions.
Work permit arranged in this Regulation can only be granted to “refugees under temporary protection” who are described in the “Article 91 of Law on Foreigners And International Protection, No. 6458” and in the “Article 7 of Regulation on Temporary Protection” as the ones “forced to leave their country, cannot return to the country they have left, and have arrived at or crossed the borders of Turkey in a mass influx situation seeking immediate and temporary protection, but cannot be given the individual under international protection status”
OBLIGATION OF WORK PERMIT AND PENAL SANCTIONS
Foreigners under temporary protection cannot work independently or cannot be employed without a legally issued work permit..
WORK PERMIT APPLICATION
Foreigners under temporary protection can apply to Labor Ministry for work permit after 6 month from the date they registered as “under temporary protection status.”
Work permit applications will be made online by the employer who wants to employ Syrians, through e-devlet.
Independent work permit applications can be made by the foreigners under temporary protection by themselves.
At the workplace for which work permit is requested, number of working refugees under temporary protection cannot exceed %10 of the employed Turkish citizens.
In case it is proven by employer that there is no qualified Turkish citizens in the province who can perform the same job as the foreign workerS do, this employment quota may not be applied.
Foreigners under temporary protection cannot be paid under the minimum wage.
WORK PERMIT EXEMPTION FOR SEASONAL WORKERS IN AGRICULTURE AND STOCKBREEDING
Seasonal working refugees in agriculture and stockbreeding field will be within the scope of work permit exemptions. Exemption application should be made to governorates where the temporary protection is issued.
In the provinces that notified by Interior Ministry as objectionable for public order and security or public health reasons, Labor Ministry will cease to issue work permits, however the work permits granted before will be valid until their expire date.
PUBLIC BENEFIT ASSOCIATIONS AND TAX-EXEMPT FOUNDATIONS (WAQFS)
These associations may apply to Labor Ministry for employing foreigners under temporary protection, in humanitarian aid activities.
Turkey branches of non-profit foundation based on abroad may apply for employing these refugees; however approval of Interior Ministry is required.