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Aug 2021, 15

Opening Branches by Foreign Associations and Foundations in Turkey

Gürkan Akın
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Opening Branches by Foreign Associations and Foundations in Turkey

The procedures required for foreign associations and foundations to open branches and representative offices in Turkey are determined by the provisions of the Associations Law and Associations Regulation. Associations and foundations that fulfill these obligations can open branches and representations in Turkey.

1- Opening Process of Branches or Representative Offices of Foreign Associations in Turkey

Associations established and operating in foreign countries are allowed to carry out activities and cooperation, subject to the provisions of the law on associations in our country, with the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the permission of the Ministry of Interior.

Foreign associations must first prepare the necessary information and documents and apply to the Ministry of Interior for an activity permit. specified in the regulation at the time of application; Information such as the association's title, place of residence, founder and directors, activities, books and records must also be submitted to the relevant ministry. After the application is made, the Ministry of Interior checks whether the information and documents submitted to it comply with the legislation and whether there are any deficiencies, and the applicant completes the deficiencies. Following the completion of the information and documents, if there is no problem after the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taken; The decision, including the type, scope and duration of the permit, is announced.

2- Opening Process of Branches or Representative Offices of Foreign Foundations in Turkey

Foreign foundations are organizations that are allowed to open branches and representative offices by the Ministry of Internal Affairs by taking the opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under reciprocal conditions, where cooperation in the international arena is beneficial, and they are subject to the provisions of the Civil Code that are binding on foundations.

Foreign foundations make their branch and representative applications to the Ministry of Interior together with the information and documents they are obliged to submit. At the application stage, they must also provide information such as the foundation's title, place of residence, founder and administrators, activity, books and records. After the application is accepted, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, by examining the application form and the attached information and documents; It examines whether it is in compliance with the legislation and whether it is incomplete. When missing information and documents are detected, they are requested to be completed by the applicant. The opinion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is requested when the application form and all kinds of documents submitted in the annex are completed. In cases where a negative situation has not been encountered up to this point, the leave decision is announced, including the type, scope and duration of the leave. According to the legislation, the right to open branches and representative offices is exempt from time restrictions.

3- Conclusion

The opening of branches and representative offices in Turkey by foreign associations and foundations can become a difficult process for organizations that do not have a good grasp of the legislation. For this reason, consultancy services can be obtained from specialized law firms. In this way, many conveniences such as full fulfillment of obligations, understanding how the process works and being informed about the difficulties that may be experienced are gained in this way.

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