Turkish Businessperson Application Service (Ankara Anlasmasi)

Turkish Businessperson Application Service (Ankara Anlasmasi)

Turkish Businessperson (Also known as Ankara Anlasmasi)

The Turkish Businessperson visa was for Turkish nationals over the age of 18 who either wanted to start a new business in the UK or came to the UK to join an existing business.

After the Brexit transition period was completed on 31 December 2020, this visa is no longer valid for initial applications. Existing visa holders can still use this route to apply for an extension of their right to remain in the UK. You can apply to extend your visa if you already have permission to stay in the UK as a Turkish Businessperson.

Once again, after the Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020, only children under 21 (‘child dependents’) can apply to join you in the UK on this visa. If you wish to bring your spouse or partner to the UK, the rules set out under Appendix FM of Immigration Rules will need to be met. 

You can apply to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to extend your Turkish Businessperson visa if you already have permission to reside and work in the UK. You can continue operating your business in the UK, establish a new one, join another business as a partner or take over an existing business. Additionally, you will be able to pursue a course of study or engage in volunteer work.

What are the Requirements for Extension of Stay ECAA Business?

To apply successfully for a Turkish Businessperson visa extension, a number of requirements must first be satisfied, just like any other visa extension application. Regarding the requirements for eligibility under Appendix ECAA: Extension of Stay of Immigration Rules, you must demonstrate that:

  • you have a valid Turkish Businessperson visa
  • you have not broken any Immigration laws in the UK during your stay. 
  • you have established, or intend to establish, take over or become a partner or director of at least one genuine business in the UK that business or those businesses must be viable. 
  • you intend to continue to operate and have genuinely operated one or more businesses in the UK. 
  • you have invested or will invest sufficient funds or assets of your own to the business(es) in proportion to your interest. 
  • You can bear your share of the liabilities the business(es) may incur. 
  • you must show that your part in the business(es) does not amount to disguised employment but that you are genuinely self-employed.
  • you can show that your share of the business profits is sufficient to support you and your family without needing another job or claiming public funds. 


UKVI will also consider the following aspects when assessing if the relevant rules have been satisfied:

  • the viability and the credibility of the source of money being used to set up or invest in the business(es) in question. 
  • evidence of a credible timeframe, lasting no more than 11 months, of when money that has not yet been invested in the business(es) will be invested. 
  • the credibility of the financial accounts of the business(es) 
  • the credibility of your proposed business activity in the UK 
  • if the nature of the business requires mandatory accreditation, registration, or insurance, whether this has already been obtained.


ECAA Business Indefinite Leave to Remain Requirements

If you are in the UK for 5 years under ECAA Turkish Businessperson Visa, you may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. You must be on ECAA Turkish Businessperson Visa at the time of application. The 5-year qualifying period must have been spent under the ECAA Turkish Businessperson Visa or can be mixed with the time spent under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, both of which are now closed to initial applications.

Your Spouse/Unmarried Partner should complete their 5-year qualifying period to be able to apply for ILR. However, your children can apply with you at the same time, as there is no qualifying period requirement for your dependent children.

In addition to the requirement stated above for obtaining an Extension of Stay, you must prove your genuine business activities and the viability of your business and have had no absence of more than 180 days in any 12-month period during the 5-year qualifying period. In addition, you must pass the Life in the UK test and the B1 English Language test via designated test centres.

Let’s look at the highlights

How to Apply

You must apply for your Turkish Businessperson visa extension and ILR online and from the UK. As a general rule, you must apply for the next stage of your immigration journey before your existing leave to remain expires to avoid overstaying and suspension of rights while waiting for a decision.

KoLL Requirements

You are required to pass the Life in the UK test and B1 English test before applying for ILR. Applicants under 18 and over 65 are exempt from the KoLL requirements. There is no KoLL requirement in the Extension of Stay applications.

Cost

Further Leave to Remain applications are free. However, you must pay for ILR applications. Once the main applicant obtains ILR, there is a fee to be paid by the dependents extending to complete their 5-year qualifying period for ILR. The fees are paid at the time of submitting your application form online. There is no IHS payment in ECAA categories.

Dependants

You can bring your family members if you are an ECAA migrant. The requirements for the spouse are the same as a Spouse Visa; however, your child’s application will be considered under ECAA regulations. They can also extend and apply for ILR.

Waiting Times

Waiting times vary according to the workload of the Home Office. Officially announced maximum waiting times are 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no fee to apply to extend your visa.

After submitting your extension application, proving your identity, and supporting documents, it usually takes 6 months to receive a decision on your Turkish Businessperson visa extension. Until UKVI decides whether to grant the application for an extension, you must remain in the Common Travel Area (CTA). If you do not, your application will be withdrawn.

You will receive an email from UKVI with the decision regarding your application once it has been made regarding the extension of your Turkish Businessperson visa. There is no right of appeal if your application is refused, but you can request an administrative review in accordance with Appendix AR of the Immigration Rules. If a decision is incorrect due to a UKVI case-working error, an administrative review will examine the situation and, if necessary, make the necessary corrections.

After a period of 5 years of living lawfully in the UK under the Turkish Businessperson visa route, you may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), also known as permanently settling in the UK. You may also be able to apply to UKVI to naturalise as a British citizen after holding ILR status for at least 12 months. There are various strict criteria for both applications, including meeting the KoLL requirements.

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