Turkish Nationals

In 1973, the UK became bound by the Turkish European Community Association Agreement (ECAA), also referred to as the Ankara Agreement. Under this agreement, Turkish nationals in the UK under student visas can apply to set up in business as a self-employed person. Turkish nationals are also afforded rights under the Turkish Workers Agreement whereby they may be able to make an application for further leave to remain as an employed person.

Our expert team of lawyers have extensive knowledge of making applications for leave to remain for Turkish nationals under the Agreement and under the Turkish Workers Agreement. We also handle immigration appeals for those who have had their Ankara agreement applications refused. We can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding unnecessary expense of re submitting your application to the Home Office.

UK Visas under the Ankara Agreement

As a Turkish national, you can apply to come to the UK as a business person from outside the UK or you can switch into this category if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Amongst the requirements which you will need to meet, you will need to show that you have the skills and ability to establish your proposed business, you have the funds to establish this business, you can bear the costs of running the business and your share of profits will be sufficient to support you and any dependents. If you are joining an existing business in the UK as opposed to starting one up, you will need to meet additional requirements.

UK Visas under the Turkish Workers Agreement

If you are a Turkish national working legally in the UK and wish to extend your stay you may apply for further permission to stay in the UK (after working here for a year), change employers after working in the UK for 3 years (if you are continuing to work in the same occupation) or work in any type of job for any employer after you have worked in the UK for 4 years.

Why we provide the best legal advice in relation to UK Visas for Turkish Nationals:

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist your with your applications for any type of Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for successful Visa application

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.