Turkish Businessperson Visa

The Turkish Businessperson Visa is for Turkish nationals over the age of 18 who either want to start a new business in the UK or come to the UK to help run an established business. Since 31 December 2020, the Turkish Businessperson Visa route is no acceptable for new applicants and UK Home Office will only be accepting extension applications from this date.

What is the Turkish Businessperson Visa? 

The Turkish Businessperson Visa is for Turkish nationals over the age of 18 who either want to start a new business in the UK or come to the UK to help run an established business. The Turkish Businessperson Visa came from the ECAA Ankara Agreement, being a treaty signed between Turkey and the European Union. Following Brexit, the Ankara Agreement would no longer apply in the UK and therefore from 31 December 2020, only extension applications can be made under the Turkish Businessperson Visa route.

Requirements for a Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension application

In order to qualify for an extension on your Turkish Businessperson Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that:

  • You have permission to stay in the UK as a Turkish Businessperson and have a valid Turkish Businessperson Visa;
  • You have show you have not broken any immigration laws;
  • You can keep running a viable business;
  • You can keep being able to pay your share of the costs of running the business;
  • You can show that your share of the profits continues to be enough to support you and your family without your needing to have another job; and
  • If you are part of an existing partnership or company you will need to show that you still have an active part in running the business.

Can dependents join the Turkish Businessperson Visa holder?

Yes, dependents already in the UK on Turkish Businessperson Dependent Visa can apply to extend their visa in the UK. Only child dependents under the age of 21 who are not in the UK can also apply as dependents on your Turkish Businessperson Visa.

Is there a path to British Citizenship under the Turkish Businessperson Visa route?

Yes, after 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible. After a further 1 year of holding indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship in the UK.

Making a Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension application with OneLaw Chambers

At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension applications in order for applicants to remain and settle in the UK. We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful Immigration and Visa applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.

Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension or professional immigration representation with preparing your Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.

We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.

To discuss your Turkish Businessperson Visa Extension application with one our immigration solicitors and barristers, please contact our Immigration lawyers on 0207 489 2044 / 0208 616 1819 or complete our enquiry form with your details.


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