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We have drafted some pointers for foreign business owners, and for those thinking of establish a company in Turkey or getting a work permit.

Common Concerns & Questions Submitted to YellAli

Q. Obtaining a Work Permit for Company Owners – is this new?

This is not new, and according to our experiences for the past couple of months, regulation requires that foreigners should get a work permit that establishes a new business in Turkey. Regardless whether they will work or not work.

Q. If I open a Company will I get deported for not having a Work Permit?

If you work without a Work Permit, then yes if caught, you could face deportation.

According to Foreign and International Protection Law, article 52-60, those who don’t obtain valid work permit, they could face deportation

Q. My Name is listed on the Company, but I don’t work within my company – Will I be deported for NOT having a Work Permit?

If you don’t get a notification from tax office, you are safe. First the authorities will send a notification and give you a month to provide a work permit application. However, from our experience this is being requested since the last few months.

Q. If I add a Turkish Person to my Company will this solve the problem?

By adding a Turkish Citizen to your company, this will mean you do not need to obtain a work permit to establish a company. However, you have no entitlement to work in your company without a Work Permit.

Please note: This means, this person should have some kind of authority for the company. In most of our cases, they are appointed as a company director.

Q. How much should the Capital amount be to get a Work Permit?

If you will not follow the 5-1 rule, the Capital is min. 100,000 TL and must be paid in full, deferral payments or assets are not accepted.

Q. Whether you are already a full owner or part owner of a company, and have established a company without a Work Permit, it is illegal to own this company - Is this True ?

It is not illegal by the laws. It depends on the initiative of the tax office. We do have cases where they never asked for work permit for foreigners, but as we have seen in recent months, they have asked for each company we have established.


Summary - To summarize the above points, if you already own a company in Turkey and you do not have a Work Permit, as long as you are not working in the company or have received notification from the Tax office to obtain a Work Permit, you are unaffected.

If you will establish a new company in Turkey (from our experience) you will likely be asked to obtain a Work Permit within 30 days of establishing the company. However, if you do not fulfill the requirements of a Work Permit, or don't want one, and you WILL NOT Work within your company, you may appoint a Turkish national as an authority in your company, which will avoid obtaining a mandatory Work Permit.

If you will work within your company you must obtain a Work Permit.


IMPORTANT NOTE:- It is illegal to work in Turkey without a Work Permit



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