Turkish Worker Visa
As part of the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey (known as the Ankara Agreement), Turkish citizens are able to extend their stay in the UK if they are already legally working there.
A Turkish citizen who is employed legally in the UK may:
- Apply for additional consent to stay after they have been legally working for one year, in order to continue working for the same employer;
- Change employers whilst remaining in the same job role after they have been legally working in the UK for three years; and
- Work for any employer in any role after they have been legally working in the UK for four years.
If an application for this type of visa is successful, permission will be granted for the applicant to stay in the UK as a Turkish ECAA worker. However, this will not be possible if the applicant has contravened United Kingdom Immigration Laws regarding work.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
In Article 6(1) of Decision 1/80 of the Association Council, there is no provision for Turkish workers to be given settlement rights in the UK after completing four years of legal employment under this category: only the freedom to take up employment with any employer.
Family members of applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are genuine family members to be given consent to join, or remain with, the applicant. Family members are classed as spouses, civil partners, unmarried and same sex partners, and children.