The ECAA Ankara agreement allows Turkish citizens to work or set up a business in the UK. The agreement allows holders of leave to remain under the category to gain residency rights in the UK and consequently Indefinite Leave to remain after 5 years of continuous residence under the route.
Under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey, an individual can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK if they are in the here as a Turkish ECAA business person and if the individual shows that:
The application form used for this application process is known as the ECAA 2 Turkish Business Individual.
Important points to note
Under this agreement there is no minimum financial requirement and no job creation requirement like you have with the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route.
Also, there is no life in the UK test and English language requirement as with other immigration categories.
The application is also free and exempt from paying the immigration health surcharge.
Please note that you cannot make an initial application or even a switching application (inside the UK) whilst on a visit visa.
We have also seen cases of refusals resulting from an applicant already trading or working in the UK before the visa is granted or an application made, this may result in your entry clearance or even extension application refused. Research, preparatory work and full-fledged working activities must not be carried out prior to the application been granted.
Please contact our immigration solicitors should you need help in making this application.