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Can Foreigners With Secondary Protection Status Get Work Permit in Turkey?

The concept of secondary protection status is provided to foreigners who have been exposed to different conflicts, states of war or serious violence in their country and who are expected to be subjected to the death penalty or torture if they return to their country. Foreigners who have been granted second protection status can legally stay in Turkey and benefit from basic public services such as education and health, together with themselves and their families. Foreigners with secondary protection status are given a foreigner identification number starting with 99.

Secondary protection status foreigners can legally participate in the labor force in Turkey with a work permit. If foreigners have obtained secondary protection status as a result of the international protection application, they can legally work in companies with dependent or independent work permits. Dependent work permit applications are made by the employer, and independent work permit applications are made by the foreigner himself to the Ministry of Labor.

If you have questions about participation in the labor force and work permits of foreigners with secondary protection status in Turkey, you can send them to us in the comments section.


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