How to Relocate to the UK and Secure British Nationality
In this article we will answer the frequently asked questions regarding the process for Turkish migrants who would like to relocate to the UK as a Turkish Business person under ECAA 2 category.
1.Who can apply for Turkish Businessperson Visa and what are the requirements?
European Economic Community Association Agreement, mostly known as Ankara Agreement, is a visa category for Turkish nationals who are older than the age of 18. To be able to obtain this visa, there are some criteria which Home Office takes into consideration during the assessment process. These are:
This Application can be made via UK Home Office or Visa Application Centres in other countries, however it should be noted that applications can take up to 6 months to be processed.
2.Can I also bring my family to the UK?
The dependents of the applicants can enter into UK to join and reside with the main applicant. Dependents can be children under the age of 21 or the married, unmarried partner of the applicant.
Initial ECAA 2 visa is granted for 12 months. Once the visa is granted, applicant can enter into the UK or continue to live in the UK, if switching from another visa category. It is a general requirements that Turkish Businessperson visa holders and their dependents should live in the UK for at least 6 months.
3. Do I have to set up a company and earn a certain amount of income to be able to expand my visa after 12 months of period?
Turkish business people have option to operate the business activities as a sole trader or under a limited company. Applicants should start to set up and run the business as soon as they have their National Insurance Number and the relevant rights to work in the UK. In the first year they are expected to make sufficient profit to maintain themselves and the dependents and pay the tax liabilities as required. The success of an extension application is based on whether the applicant was able to establish a credible business in the UK in the past 12 months and whether this has generated sufficient income to cover the applicant’s costs of living in the UK and operating the business.
4. How can I get 3 years extension?
The extension visa is normally granted for 3 years, where success of the business is clear and the company has been able to show healthy profits. Where the credibility of the business is yet to be proven, the applicant is likely to receive an extension for only 12 months, providing the Home office with a chance to check up on the progress of the applicant’s business again in a year’s time.
5. What is the recent change in Ankara agreement ILR application about?
After the completion of 4 years of successful self-employment in the UK applicants were able to apply to Indefinite Leave to Remain, however this has been extended to 5 years following the Aydogdu case heard in March 2018. This means that at present the successful applicants will need to make at least 3 applications from the point of relocating to the UK until securing Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. The applicants wishing to secure settlement in the UK as Turkish Business Persons are now also required to pass the relevant English Language and Life in the UK Test to be successful.
Once applicants are granted the settlement, they are free to take any type of employment in the UK and will no longer need to make any further applications to continue residing in the UK.
6.How Can I get British Passport?
Indefinite leave to remain holders can apply for naturalisation one year after the grant of settlement and become British Citizens. The requirements for citizenship are as follows:
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