Work Permit Quota and Reduced Minimum Wage in Tourism Sector

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As per the announcement of International Labor Force General Directorate, dated 26 April 2019, between 1 January - 1 July 2019, minimum wage paid to foreigners can be equal to current minimum wage applied to Turkish citizen employees (gross 2558.40 TRY) in the following tourism establishments:

-Establishments licensed or not licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and their licensed facilities (SPA, beauty parlour, sports center, coiffeur, jeweler, leather, carpet, textile etc.) operating within these establishments,
-Tourism travel agencies,
-Licensed holiday villages,
-Tourism animation organizations and firms,
-Separate entertainment venues.

FOREIGN QUOTA

For occupations requiring expertise and proficiency in the tourism-animation organization firms and in the licensed entertainment venues, there will be no need for separate quota application, on condition that at least 10 Turkish citizens are employed in these firms. In other words, 1 to 5 quota will not be applied until 1 July 2019.
Work permit foreign labor quota will not be applied for up to two foreigners in licensed or contracted facilities (SPA, beauty parlour, sports center, coiffeur, jeweler, leather, carpet, textile etc.) operating within Establishments whether or not licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

After 1 July 2019, work permit applications will be processed in line with general procedures and criteria.

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