Turkey, in an effort to improve the economic integration to global economy has undergone many changes in its legislation during the last decades. The modifications covers the many aspects of inflow and outflow of international labor force such as work permits, posting abroad, legal position and social security obligations of foreigners which is the most confusing issue we would like to discuss briefly.
Social security obligation of foreigners working or dealing with business in Turkey depends on, in general, whether they are;
- working under an employment contract or self-employed,
- residing abroad or in Turkey,
- posted to Turkey for a certain or an undefined period of time,
- the citizens of the countries Turkey has bilateral social security agreement with or not.
- Foreigners who are not in the scope of SSI
According to Law No 5510, Article 6/e foreigners who;
ü are sent to Turkey for a job by or on behalf of an organization established in a foreign country and who document to be subject to social insurance in the foreign country,
ü work in Turkey on his/her own name and account and reside abroad, and are subject to the social security legislation of that country, are not deemed to be insurance holders.