The European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) permits Turkish nationals to establish themselves as a worker or in a business in the UK. It also allows them to attain residency rights in the UK. The old 1973 provisions apply to all ECAA applications, making the application process more flexible. However, an applicant is prevented from benefiting from the ECAA if it is discovered that they are in breach of UK immigration laws. In such circumstances, the applicant will be subjected to the points-based system that is currently operated.
As per provisions of the visa category, no previous experience in a running business is required. Nonetheless, a successful applicant must demonstrate that they have the skills and ability necessary to set up the business proposed, the funds required to set up and run the business proposed and Have the capacity to make enough profit to support themselves without the need for additional employment that would require a work permit.
In some occasions, applicants are able to meet the minimum requirements on the business proposal but lacks experience in a running business. In such scenarios, applicants are expected to show to the Home Office by way of documentary evidence that they possess skills and ability necessary to set up the proposed business.
In order to qualify for a Turkish Businessperson visa under the Turkish EC Association Agreement, an applicant must satisfy the Home Office that they are a Turkish national and:
In case an applicant wishes to join an existing partnership or company they will also need to show that they will have an active part in running the business and there is a genuine need for their services and investment.
The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.
Although there is no formal requirement in the 1973 business rules for applicants to provide a business plan, not including this document may undermine the credibility of the business proposed.
A business plan should usually set out:
If the applicant is joining an existing business they should provide:
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