Tips for Employers

Tips on Labour Law and Work Permits - for Employers

Obligations of the Employer

  1. WARNING!It is illegal to employ any foreigner (including Syrians) without a work permit, whether you are a Syrian or a Turkish employer.
  2. Both the workers and the employers are punished with fines in these cases. The fine for the employer is 6000 TL per illegal employee and 2400 Turkish Liras for the employee.
  3. For both TP card holders and residence permit holders, it is the responsibility of the employer to submit the work permit request to the Ministry of Labour.
  4. The same laws, regulations and obligations regarding labour law apply to all employers in Turkey, whether they are Syrian or Turkish companies.

Conditions to get a work permit

  1. Six Months rule

    In order to get a work permit through temporary protection ID, the future employee must be registered under temporary protection for at least six months.

  2. Location

    In order to get a work permit through temporary protection ID, the application for the work permit should be done in the same city where the employee under TP is registered.

Employment contract

  1. In order to apply for work permit, an employment contract between you and your employee must be signed. The occupation and the salary must be included in this contract.

Application process

  1. Applications for a work permit are done through the Turkish e-government website. Applications shall be done by the employer through: or

  2. WARNING! 

    While you need the employee’s personal documents such as the Temporary Protection card to apply for the work permit, you have no right to retain the TP card, passport or any other personal identification document.

  3. Intermediaries

    Please be careful of intermediaries, consultants and companies who demand excessive amounts of money from both employees and employers to prepare and follow up work permit applications. Although these kinds of intermediaries and companies are legal and everyone is free to get service from them, it is not an obligation. Don't forget that the legal fees taken by the government are the only legal obligations that should be paid for work permit application.

  4. Exemption of employment quota

    In case the employer applies and proves to İŞKUR that there is no qualified Turkish citizen in the province who can perform the same job as the foreign worker do, the employment quota (%10 for the ones under TP) may not be applied.

  5. Working while work permit renewal request is being processed

    While the renewal request is being processed, the employee can work up to 45 days starting from the expiration of the work permit in the same job and workplace. These 45 days of work will also be counted as legal work, which means the salary, benefits and social security contributions shall be paid.

  6. New application 

    You and your employee can always make a new application even if your prior applications for a work permit have been rejected.

Labour Rights

  1. Working Hours

    According to Turkish labor law, legal working hours for a full time position is 45 hours per week. If the employee works for more than 45 hours a week, the employer must pay the employee overtime.

  2. Minimum Wage

    The minimum wage for a foreigner with work permit is net 1300 TL for a full time position (45 hours per week), which is also the minimum wage for Turkish employees.

Duration / Termination of work permit

  1. Work permits for employees under Temporary Protection will be terminated once the Temporary Protection scheme ends or their employment contract with their employer ends.

  2. Remember!

    The duration of the work permit depends on the duration of the employment contract. For example, if the employment contract is 6 months, then the work permit shall also be given for 6 months.