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ECAA Turkish Businessperson Application

ECAA Turkish Businessperson Extension Application

If you are a Turkish national and currently running your business or company under this category, you can apply for extension of leave to remain in the UK. You are still able to pay your share of the costs of running a business; and your share of the profits is enough to support you and if any of your dependents without the need to find another job; and your business must be ongoing and viable in order to be eligible for extension.

After completing 5 years under this category, you may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). This will give you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you are eligible.

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ECAA Turkish Businessperson or Worker – Dependant Application Dependent Partner or Child

Since the UK left the EU on 31.12.2020, the status of dependents of Turkish Businesspersons are set out in Appendix: FM. If your partner or spouse has an indefinite leave to remain in the UK or a Turkish Businessperson or Worker Visa in the UK, you can apply for entry clearance and live in the UK as a couple. If the application is successful, your visa will end on the same date as the Turkish Businessperson’s.

In order to get this visa, a dependent partner needs to prove that they are in a civil partnership or marriage, or they have been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years when you apply. A dependent partner also must have a good knowledge of English, and the couple needs to prove that they can financially support themselves and any dependent child.

A dependent child needs to be under 21 – including if they were born in the UK – during the Turkish Businessperson’s stay, or over 21 if they are currently in the UK as a dependent of a Turkish Businessperson.

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Turkish Businessperson or Worker Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Application

A Turkish Businessperson or Worker can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain if they live in the UK continuously for 5 years without receiving public funds, and spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months in the last 5 years. In order to qualify for ILR, you must prove your knowledge of the English language by having either an English qualification at B1, B2, C1 or C2 level or a degree taught or researched in English. If you are aged 65 or over, you do not need to prove your knowledge of English. In addition to this, you also need to pass Life in the UK Test. Please contact us for further information.

Representative of Overseas Business

In this type visa, an overseas business can set up a branch or wholly owned subsidiary in the UK. In addition to this, an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation can assign its employee on a long-term assignment to the UK.

If you are eligible for this status, you will be granted an initial visa for the period of 3 years. You can then extend your leave for another 2 years. After completing 5 years under this category, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency. You can also bring your family members with you to the UK as your dependants. This category does not permit you to work for yourself or any other business. In order to be eligible for this visa, you must be recruited and employed outside the UK by an active and trading business, have the skills and experience, hold a senior position within the business, intend to establish the overseas business’s first commercial presence in the UK as well as meet the English language requirements. Please contact us if you need further information.

The Start-up Visa

allows an applicant to establish an innovative business in the UK. The business idea must be a new idea, viable and innovative which means that the idea must be original and different from anything else on the market. You can stay for 2 years in the UK but cannot apply to extend your visa or to settle in the UK under this visa. However, you can switch to the innovator category after completing two years.

In order to be eligible for this visa, you also need to prove that you can read, write, speak and understand English to a level B2 CEFR.

The application fee of this visa will be automatically reduced by £55 if you are a national of Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain or Sweden.

You can also bring your family members with you to the UK as your dependants. This category also allows you to work in another job, as well as working for your business.

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Innovator Visa

The Innovator Visa allows an applicant to set up and run an innovative business in the UK. In order to be successful, the business must be different from anything else on the market. This category does not allow you to join a business that is already trading. The business plan must be innovative and viable.

If you already hold a start-up visa, you can also switch to this category in order to extend your leave and continue to trade in the UK. After completing 3 years under this category, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The application fee of this visa will be automatically reduced by £55 if you are a national of Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain or Sweden.

Under this category you can set up a business or several businesses. However, you cannot be employed by another business. In order to be eligible for this visa, you also need to prove that you can read, write, speak and understand English to a level B2 CEFR. Please contact us if you need further information

Sponsorship Licence

A Sponsorship licence will allow you to employ someone to work for you from outside the UK. Since the UK left EU on 31 December 2020, the citizens list included the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

It should be noted that sponsoring someone does not guarantee that they will be allowed to come to or stay in the UK. For example, an employee needs to apply for skilled worker visa once the business obtained a sponsorship licence. Please contact us if you need further information.

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