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New terms of Residence Permit for the Ankara Agreement is announced! A new version of the Home Office guidance on applications from self-employed Turkish businesspersons for leave under the Turkish European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA), commonly known as the “Ankara Agreement”, was published on 15th of June 2018.

Under the Ankara agreement, the right to apply for indefinite leave to remain has been re-enforced with new regulations published on the 15th of June 2018.

The rights of Turkish citizens with an Ankara agreement visa have been re-enacted with some new conditions being introduced.

The new terms are as follows;

  • Visa holders in the period of one year should not exceed 180 days of their time outside the UK. This rule is also implemented for family members.
  • English proficiency exam at level B1
  • Life in the UK to pass the life Test in England
  • To pay the application fee, (Current application fee, £2.389 per person)
  • In addition, the Turkish worker visa holders and their wives and their children must also be in Turkish worker dependent or partner categories in order to be able to apply for the session indefinitely.
    As in the old practice, they are sought to be able to get along with their own facilities without the need for assistance from the state.

    We see that family members are subject to certain conditions that are not in the old regulation.
    According the new rules there is now a 5 years route for settlement for such migrants. This could of course be good news, although the new rules are very similar to the businessperson rules. For instances with 180-day and English language/Life in UK test requirements. And such Turkish workers can combine their leave with previously-held leave as a Tier 2 migrant in order to achieve the five-year period.
    You can follow the current developments on the subject –New terms of Residence Permit for the Ankara Agreement– via our site. You can contact us now for any questions you may have about the new terms and practices of the Ankara Agreement and its new Indefinite Leave to Remain provisions.

Halil İbrahim Koca

Immigration Adviser

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