As a Turkish ECAA worker, the following apply:-
Upon a successful entry clearance application, the applicant will be granted leave as a Turkish ECAA Worker. Please note that this is not a settlement category; as such, the applicant will not be able to apply for settlement after years under this route. The may however, using the form ECAA 1 Turkish employed, be able to apply for permission to stay in the United Kingdom.
Dependants of the ECAA worker may also apply to join their parent, spouse/partner in the UK. Application as dependants may either be submitted separately or together with that of the main applicant.
The birth of the Turkish ECAA work visa emanated from the bid to strengthen Turkish ties with the EU. Social and economic links are the focus in this route and is crystalized by the ECA Agreement. The rights of Turkish nationals who are working or seeking to work in the UK under this route are expressed under Article 6 (1); and first came into force as a result of a decision issued in 1980.
An initial 2 years leave will be granted to ECAA workers; after which an extension period may be granted provided that they continue to meet the terms of their visa and do not fall for refusal under general grounds.
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