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Turkish Businessperson Visa

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government.

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Overview

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

International Sportspersons visa

This category is for highly skilled sportspersons who must be recognised by a governing body as an elite sports person or a sports coach. The applicant must demonstrate that their employment in the UK will encourage the sport to become more elite and prominent in the UK.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of 5 years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £35,800.

Indefinite leave to remain

The skilled worker visa lasts for up to five years. If you want to stay longer, you can apply to extend your, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. After five years, you may also be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain, which gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like. You must apply to extend or update your skilled work visa UK if you change jobs or employer.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of five years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £25,600 per year.

What is the Turkish Businessperson Visa?

This visa route is designed for Turkish nationals who are aged over 18 and wish to start a new business in the UK or enter the UK to help support the running of an established business. The Turkish Businessperson Visa was put in place due to the Turkish European Community Association Agreement (ECAA), also recognised as the ‘Ankara Agreement’. This agreement was created in 1967 to signify the co-operation between the European Community (EC), which is now the EU, and Turkey. However, please see below for more up to date information about this visa route and what it could mean for you, as there have been some major updates.  

Who can apply for the Turkish Businessperson Visa?

It is important to note before exploring this visa further, that the Turkish Businessperson Visa (ECAA Visa) is now closed to new applications, since 2020 when the UK officially left the EU. However, as we specify further here, you can apply for an extension on this route if you already hold a valid (i.e., not expired) Turkish Businessperson Visa and meet the following requirements: 

  • You are based in the UK. 
  • You intend to continue running the business you established in the UK, establish a new business, or continue to help run an existing business here. 

This visa can be extended for up to 3 years and can be done as many times as you wish, as long as you remain eligible.  

Additionally, even if you don’t currently own a Turkish Businessperson Visa, it is possible for Turkish nationals to apply for other visa categories – e.g., the Start-Up Visa or Innovator Visa. Both options are viable for Turkish overseas nationals who can demonstrate a genuine business idea to enter the UK and establish a new enterprise.  

What are the requirements?

There are several requirements to be meet under this route. Applicants for a Turkish Businessperson visa extension must: 

  • Hold a valid Turkish Businessperson visa that has not yet expired. 
  • Applicants have not breached any immigration laws while being in the UK. 
  • The applicant must still, be running a business, and this must still be viable. 
  • Be able to pay their share of the costs of running the business. 
  • Be able to demonstrate that their contribution of profits is still sufficient to support themselves as well as, any dependants without needing to seek employment opportunities. 
  • Not be in ‘disguised employment’ – in other words, the applicant is in self-employment, not working as an employee for the business.  

What is the Turkish Businessperson Visa processing time?

Once you have submitted your extension application and provided the relevant supporting documentation, along with proof of your identity, you will typically receive a decision on your Turkish Businessperson Visa within 6 months from submission. However, this processing time can vary depending on other factors. For instance, if you are required to attend an appointment at an UKVCAS service point, this can delay the overall time it takes for you to receive a decision on your application. 

It is also extremely important to be aware that you must not travel outside of the Common Travel Area (CTA) – where the CTA covers the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man – until you receive a decision from UKVI on your extension application. This is crucial, as your application will be withdrawn if you do.  

How to apply for a Turkish Businessperson Visa?

As the Turkish Businessperson visa route is no longer open to new applications, the application process would be possible for existing visa-holders, who are looking to extend their permission to stay in the UK under this route.  

This visa extension process can be competed online and from the UK – as part of this you will need to prove your identity and provide supporting documentation. You may be able to upload these extension documents online and use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app, although you may instead need to schedule an appointment at a UKVCAS (UK Visa and Citizenship Applications Services) service point.  

How long does a Turkish Businessperson Visa last?

It is important to note that the duration of the Turkish Businessperson Visa will be determined by individual circumstance. An applicant who applied initially, will be permitted to remain in the UK for 12 months. After this period expires, typically the applicant must then apply for an extension of their Turkish Businessperson Visa – this can enable the applicant to remain in the UK for a further 3 years, as long as they can continue proving that the business is still ongoing, and the profits being made are sufficient to support the individuals’ stay here. To reinforce, the applicant may be eligible to then apply for further grants of three years – regardless, the visa holder must be consistently working in their business.  

In relation to settlement in the UK, the Turkish ECAA businessperson can be granted indefinite leave to remain status, if the following criteria is accomplished: 

  • They must be a Turkish ECAA businessperson. 
  • They have resided in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years under either the Turkish ECAA businessperson category, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category, or a combination thereof. 
  • Have last been granted leave as a Turkish ECAA businessperson.  
  • They meet the English language requirement. 
  • They still play an active role in running the business in the UK. 
  • Can financially support any dependants with them, without the need to rely on public funds to which they are not entitled to. 
  • The applicant must not fall under the General Grounds for Refusal.  

Unless the applicant is married to a British citizen, they will need to wait for one year after being granted ILR status, to then apply for naturalisation and become a British citizen. This essentially means, it can take up to 6 years from entry in this category, to apply for citizenship in the UK – five continuous years of residence in the UK to achieve ILR, followed by another 12 months to gain citizenship.  

On the other hand, the only exception to this would be if your partner is/ becomes British and you have obtained ILR – you can then consider applying to naturalised as a British citizen immediately, without the need to wait for an additional 12 months.  

How much does it cost to get a Turkish Businessperson Visa?

Fortunately, for existing visa-holders there is no fee involved a part of extending your visa. However, it is advised that it can be worth paying for specialist legal advice prior to applying for a Turkish Businessperson visa extension, in this way to reinforce that your application meets the necessary procedure and that the correct documentation has been provided.  

Can my dependents be included as part of my Turkish Businessperson Visa?

As part of this visa route, dependants can be included if they meet the eligibility requirements. Importantly, if you have decided to remain in the UK in circumstances where your partner or children have been living overseas, they are still permitted to enter the UK if you have a valid Turkish Businessperson Visa. They will be required to apply online for a visa as your dependant.  

How can I apply to include my dependants as part of my Turkish Businessperson Visa?

If you are currently cohabitating in the UK with your spouse or partner, as well as any dependant children, they will need to apply separately online to extend their stay. Please note, that this includes any child over 21 if they are in the UK as your dependant. If your dependants meet the relevant extension requirements also, then it is likely that their extension will be granted in line with your own visa – therefore, their visa will end on the same date as yours. 

Please note, that you can either include your dependants on your own Turkish Businessperson Visa extension application or your dependants can apply separately.  Whether it is your spouse or partner, or children they will be required to apply online – you will need to provide them with your application which you should receive when you apply yourself. This is also recognised as a Unique Application Number (UAN) or a Global Web Form (GWF).  

How can Bridge Partners Immigration help?

At Bridge Partners Immigration, we understand the complexities involved with a route like the Turkish Businessperson Visa – we can provide expert advice on the requirements for extension as well as an in-depth assessment of your prospects for qualifying for said visa. We pride ourselves on being friendly and professional and are confident that we can provide you with clear yet trustworthy advice that will enable you to meet your immigration goals. Especially, due to the strict requirements set out for the Turkish Businessperson Visa, we strongly recommend contacting a member of our team to discuss your eligibility and answer any enquiries you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us today. 

Frequently Asked Skilled Worker visa​ Application Questions

Someone can be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa if they have a job offer from a sponsoring company in the UK for a job that is on the list of skilled worker occupations. In addition, the skilled worker must have the required skills and experience to undergo the role in the company and have the required level of English language ability.   

The minimum salary for the Skilled Worker visa is either £25,600 per year, £10.10 per hour or the “going rate” for the particular occupation code, whichever is highest. For each job on the Home Office occupation list, there is a “going rate” which details the recommended annual and hourly salary that an individual must earn for the role. The rates are based on a 39-hour week of work. Those applying for the Skilled Worker visa need 50 points to do so. These are gained from sponsorship, skill level and English language requirements. However, 20 further tradable points can be given to those that meet the minimum salary requirement. 

You cannot move to the UK without a job offer from a company that has a UK sponsor licence, unless you apply for the Global Talent visa where this is not a requirement. When you are applying for a Skilled Worker visa you must provide a certificate of sponsorship reference number which proves that you have a job offer and therefore permission to work in the UK with a registered sponsor.  

The general Skilled Worker visa requirements are that you must have a job offer from a company that is a UK-registered sponsor and have a certificate of sponsorship that confirms that you have permission to work in the UK within a specific job role. You must be paid the required minimum salary for the occupation, have the required skill level and English language ability to do the job and have enough funds to support yourself in the UK.   

Once all the correct documentation has been submitted, it takes around 3 weeks for an application for a Skilled Worker visa to be processed by the Home Office when applying outside of the UK. For applications within the UK, the standard processing time is 8 weeks, although this can take around 9 weeks on average.  

For the Skilled Worker visa, you will need to provide a valid passport and proof that you have a job in the UK with details about your job role, salary, and employer information. You will also need the reference number for your certificate of sponsorship which proves that you have an approved job offer with a registered UK sponsor. In addition, you will need to provide bank statements that show you are able to support yourself in the UK and proof of the required qualifications needed for the role such as an English language test and degree certificate.

Yes, you can study whilst on a Skilled Worker visa. There is no restriction on the number of hours you can study as long as it does not interfere with your work. Another requirement is that workers who study must first get an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for their studies and present it to the education provider.  

Skilled Workers are not allowed to run their own businesses.