Turkish Businessperson & Worker Visas

ECAA extension of stay

Following the UK’s departure from the EU and the ending of the transition period on 31 December 2020, this route is closed for new applicants.

ECAA extension of stay route is for Turkish workers, business persons and their family members who are in the UK and already hold permission in that capacity and are seeking an extension of their permission.

Requirements – ECAA Turkish Worker Visa

To make an application under the worker provisions of the Turkish ECAA, you must:

  • have permission as an ECAA worker,
  • have been lawfully employed in the UK for at least 3 years with the same employer, or
  • have been lawfully employed in the UK for at least 4 years, including at least 3 years with the same employer and the remaining time in the same occupation,
  • demonstrate that you will continue to be employed in the UK throughout the period of permission requested by holding a valid employment contract with the employer, and continue to receive payment for services as part of that contract.

Period of grant as ECAA Worker

  • If you have been lawfully employed in the UK for less than 3 years with the same employer, you will be granted permission to stay for up to 12 months.
  • If you have been lawfully employed in the UK for 3 years with the same employer as ECAA worker, you will be granted permission to stay for up to 36 months.

Settlement – ECAA worker

On completing five years continuous residence as an ECAA worker in the UK, you can apply for settlement. You must:

  • be an ECAA worker,
  • have resided lawfully in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years, in any combination of the following categories: (i) an ECAA worker; (ii) as a Tier 2 (General Migrant); (iii) as a Tier 2 (Minister of religion) Migrant; (iv) as a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Migrant; or (v) as a work permit holder,
  • meet the English language requirement and pass the life in the UK test.

Requirements – ECAA Turkish Businessperson Visa  

In order to make an application as an ECAA business person you must meet the following requirements:

  • you must have permission as an ECAA business person,
  • you must have established, or intend to establish, take over or become a partner or director of, one or more genuine businesses in the UK,
  • the business or businesses must be viable,
  • you must genuinely intend to operate, or have genuinely operated, one or more businesses in the UK,
  • provide evidence that you have invested, or will invest, sufficient funds or assets in the business in proportion to your interest in the business,
  • demonstrate that your share of the profits of the business is enough to support you and your dependants.

 Period of grant as ECAA businessperson If your application is approved, you will be granted permission to stay for up to 36 months.

Settlement – ECAA business person

On completing five years of continuous residence as an ECAA business person in the UK, you can apply for settlement. You must:

  • be an ECAA business person,
  • have resided lawfully in the UK for a continuous period of five years, in any combination of the following categories: the ECAA business person; or the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant category,
  • be relying on a business in which you have invested and continue to run,
  • meet the English language requirement and pass the life in the UK test.

Dependants on the ECAA Extension of Stay route

ECAA workers and business persons can sponsor their family members on the ECAA Extension of Stay route as dependants:

  • A partner/ spouse can apply for permission to stay (a partner must already be in the UK and cannot apply for entry clearance)
  • A child under the age of 21 can apply for entry clearance or permission to stay, and if over the age 21, they must have last been granted permission as the dependent child of their parent on the ECAA route.

The dependants will be granted leave for a period that ends on the same day as the permission of the ECAA worker or ECAA business person on the ECAA route.

Fees
Our fixed fees for individual ECAA application range from £1550 to £3000 plus VAT and disbursements. Disbursements typically include Home Office / Visa fees, biometrics enrolment fees, optional premium appointments, translations, courier and postage etc.

 Our Service
If you are a Turkish national who is interested in applying under the ECAA as a Turkish businessperson or as a worker please contact us for expert advice and assistance with your application.

 

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