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Turkish businessperson visa

The European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey, known as the Ankara Agreement, allows Turkish nationals to enter the UK and establish themselves as a self-employed business person or as a worker in a business in the UK.

A Turkish national can apply for a Turkish businessperson visa if they intend to:

  • Start a new business in the UK
  • Come to the UK to help run an established business

It will be necessary to satisfy the Immigration Authorities that they:

  • Are a Turkish national
  • Have a genuine intention to set up a viable business
  • Will be bringing sufficient funds to establish the business
  • Will be able to pay a share of the costs of running the business
  • Can demonstrate that the share of profits will be enough to support themselves and their family without needing to have another job

If the intention is to join an existing partnership or company, the individual must show that they:

  • Will have an active part in running the business
  • Can show there is a genuine need for their services and investment

Further information for Turkish nationals applying for this visa:

Key points to note:

  • There is no minimum capital requirement and no job creation requirement
  • There is no Life in the UK Test to be passed and no English language requirement
  • The application is free
  • This category is exempt from the health surcharge
  • It is not possible to make the application whilst in the UK on a tourist/visitor visa. There is no switching from a visitor visa
  • There must be no trading before approval of the application otherwise the applicant will be working in breach and is likely to be refused. Even research or preparatory work without actually trading may be in breach of conditions of temporary admission

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