Penalty Fees of Illegal Workers Increased
In Turkey, foreigners need to obtain a work permit in order to work legally. Foreigners can apply for a work permit by entering Turkey with a work visa from their own countries. Penalties are applied to employers and foreign workers if they work without a work permit in a workplace. In 2023, these penalties were increased to a high rate of 122.93%, as shown below, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 6735 on International Labor.
Accordingly, employers who employ a foreign worker without a work permit will have to pay an administrative fine of 35,815 Turkish Liras for each foreign worker, 28,655 Turkish Liras for each foreign worker who works without a permit as an independent worker, and 14,318 Turkish Liras for each foreign worker who works without a permit as a dependent worker.
In addition, those who do not fulfill the notification obligation prescribed in the law, such as independent and indefinite permit holders, and employers who employ foreign workers, will be fined 2,378 Turkish Liras for each foreign worker.
In the case of repeated offenses, administrative fines will be increased and applied.
From the beginning of this year to October, 154,846 foreigners were granted work permits out of the 225,311 foreigners who applied.
In order to apply for a work permit in Turkey, there are certain conditions that must be met. If you meet these conditions, you can get help with your work permit application by contacting Simply TR.
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