There have been a number of changes to the ECAA business guidance in relation to the special route that exists for Turkish businesspeople and their families in the UK. The most important change to note is that this route no longer provides Turkish ECAA businesspersons or their dependents the option to qualify for settlement. This was confirmed in Aydogdu v SSHD [JR/15737/2015] and Bektas Alagoz  CSOH 27.
Under the provisions of the Ankara agreement, Turkish nationals can apply for leave to enter the UK on a different basis from other non–EU migrant workers. There are currently two routes:
1. ECAA 1 – Turkish worker; and
2. ECAA 2 – the self employed Turkish Businessperson.
Turkish Worker Visa
You can apply for permission to stay in the UK as a Turkish Worker if you are a Turkish national and have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year as:
– the spouse of a British or settled person without any restriction on working in the UK;
– the holder of a work permit allowing you to work in the UK;
– or a student allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacation periods.
Turkish Businessperson Visa
This visa route is for entrepreneurs wishing to establish a new business or seeking to enter the UK to join an existing business.
Applicants are not required to satisfy a requirement for minimum funds. Instead they must be able to prove that they have enough money to set up the proposed business. They must also be able to demonstrate that their share of the profits from the business is sufficient enough to support themselves and their dependents without needing to have another job.
In the meantime, while the requirements of such a category are determined, settlement applications that were submitted before 16 March 2018 will continue to be processed under the same terms as before.
Should you require any assistance with your and/or your dependents’ applications, please contact us. If you are a Turkish national and these visa options are not applicable to you please also do not hesitate to contact us to discuss a full range of other UK immigration routes.
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