The Ankara Agreement makes it possible for a Turkish national over the age of 18 who wants to start a new business in the UK or come to the UK to help run an established business to apply for a Turkish Businessperson visa.
Entry clearance requirements and evidence
Other than meeting the general eligibility requirements for a UK visa, to qualify for a Turkish Businessperson visa, applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the Home Office that they:
Persons applying to join an existing partnership, or limited company in the UK, need to prove to the Home Office that:
If relevant, the applicant must provide a tuberculosis test result, and the Home Office may request a police certificate.
Business criteria and evidence
To qualify for a Turkish Businessperson visa, the applicant needs to intend to:
Evidence that the applicants intend to set up a viable business, or join an existing one can include a business plan, documents relating to the business premises, insurance documents, financial documents of the business, partnerships, and any other documents that can show that they have a genuine intent to do what they stated in the application.
Applicants should include:
It is important to prove that the applicant’s involvement in the business is not disguised employment; the applicant must be involved in the running of the company.
It should be noted that:
Initially, the Turkish Businessperson visa is valid for 12 months. Thereafter it may be extended for 3 years as long as the business is ongoing and will continue operating in the UK.
It, however, remains to be seen if the Turkish Businessperson visa will remain after the UK exits the EU.
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