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Work permit rules for consultant (Istanbul)

Hi. I have a friend who will be moving to Istanbul for a new job but they and the company they will be working for are confused over what is required so I thought someone could help?

The company is international and will not be opening an office here - my friend will be a sole consultant based here and travelling outside of Turkey for client meetings although there will be some client meetings with Turkish companies around Istanbul.

So, as they are not working for a company technically based in Turkey, no office and no additional staff does anyone know if they still need a work permit and the process? They already have a residency permit as they have a partner here and visits regularly.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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