UK to Continue Visas for Turkish Business People Until Year’s End 

UK to Continue Visas for Turkish Business People Until Year’s End 

By | 2020-02-07T14:32:15+00:00 February 7th, 2020|UK Visa/Passport News|

Turkish entrepreneurs will be able to develop their businesses in the UK normally until the end of this year when the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

The special UK visa that is dedicated for business persons from Turkey will be functional until December 31, 2020, when the transition period in the UK ends, according to Turkey’s London ambassador Ümit Yalçın.

“The UK has left the EU as of Jan. 31, 2020. However, it will abide by the EU rules until the transition period comes to an end. Therefore, the effect of constant regulations regarding the Ankara Agreement will remain as they are until the end of Dec. 31, 2020,” Yalçın highlighted for Anadolu Agency (AA).

During the transition period, the majority part of EU laws will continue to be in force, but once UK and EU relationship will be hashed out there is “a new points-based immigration system is expected to be put in place”, Yalçın said.

Turkey’s London ambassador made it clear that the new points-based immigration system will allow Turkish citizens to apply for visas within the requirements of the new system.

He pointed out that since 2000, nearly 30,000 Turkish businesspeople entered the UK on the Ankara Agreement visa (ECCA businesspersons visa), and by this agreement benefited more than 3,000 Turks in the first half of 2019.

Entrepreneurs from Turkey who came to the UK to create new businesses benefited from the Ankara Agreement between Turkey and the European Economic Community, which was signed in 1963.

We are dealing with our citizens’ rights in detail with a working group partnered with the U.K. authorities,” Yalçın declared.

The Turkish Businessperson visa is dedicated to Turkish nationals who want to start a new business in the UK or those who come to the UK to help run an established business, VisaGuide.World reports

More than 10 thousand Turkish entrepreneurs that reside in the United Kingdom alongside their families might have felt confused over the visa rules that the Home Office had published in 2018 for the Turkish businesspersons holding European Community Association Agreement visas.

Since March 16, when the government announced it was ending the right of the ECAA visa holders to settle permanently in the UK after four years, holders of this visa have been facing uncertainty about their future in the UK. 

After the referendum on Brexit, it was obvious for Turkish businesspersons in the UK that the agreement would be affected, but it was unpredictable that their permanent residencies would be removed.

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