ECAA visa applications from Turkey are now allowed

turkey, visa, turkish, ecaa, ankara agreement 07 September 2009

The UK Border Agency has introduced a visa route for Turkish nationals applying to establish in business under the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA).

The route, which was opened today, will enable Turkish nationals who are outside the United Kingdom to enter the country in the Turkish ECAA business category. Previously, this category was open only to Turkish nationals who were already in the United Kingdom.

The route has been introduced in response to the findings of the European Court of Justice in the case of Tum & Dari (C-16/05).

From April 2010, some Turkish nationals who are already in the United Kingdom will not be allowed to switch into the Turkish ECAA business category. Only visitors, those already present with permission to run a business and other exceptional cases will be able to switch.

Further information on the scheme is available in our Turkish pages.

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