Illegal Foreign Employment Penalties 2022

Employing foreigners is subject to permission within the framework of legal regulations in each country. In Turkey, the procedures and principles of work permits of foreign workers are determined within the framework of the International Labor Force Law No. 6735. Workplaces that do not comply with these principles face a number of penal sanctions.

In 2022, the administrative fines for employers that employ foreigners without work permit, based on Article 23 of the International Labor Law No. 6735 will be as follows:


To employers or employer representatives (for each foreigner) that employ foreigners without a work permit.16,066 TRY
To foreigners working for an employer without a work permit  6,421 TRY
To independent foreigners working without a work permit12,854 TRY
Those that do not fulfill the notification obligation within the periods specified in Article 22 of the law;  Foreigners working independently or with an indefinite work permitEmployers who employ foreigners (for each foreigner)  1,067 TRY

In case the employer who is  imposed an administrative fine repeats the same action, the new penalty is applied with a 1-fold increase.

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