Updated employment contracts now required for work permit renewals

29 Nov 18

TURKEY

Medium Priority

What is the immigration news? The Ministry of Labor is now requesting that foreign employees who are applying to renew their work permits submit an updated employment contract signed by the employer and employee.

  • Effective date: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permit renewals.
  • Impact on business: The requirement adds another step in the work permit renewal process.
  • What to watch:The ministry is considering whether to allow a signed statement evidencing the employment relationship in lieu of an updated contract, but this option is not yet available.

Additional information: Previously, no employment agreement was needed to submit in support of a renewal application.

BAL Analysis: To avoid delays in renewing employees’ work permits, employers should prepare to update their employment contracts before work permits are renewed and provide a signed copy in their documentation in support of the renewal application.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider Bener Law Firm in Turkey. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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