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The Turkish Businessperson Visa – Secure New Commercial Opportunities in the UK


The Turkish Businessperson Visa stems from the European Community Association Agreement between Turkey and the EU, otherwise known as the Ankara agreement which was administered under the 1973 Immigration Rules. It is a unique UK visa option only available to Turkish citizens who are interested in entering the UK to set up a new business or help run an established business. If you are able to invest a fixed amount of money based on a legitimate business proposal, this visa option could be your key to unlocking exciting commercial opportunities in the UK. 

In addition to gaining the right to enter the UK, the Turkish Businessperson Visa allows holders to establish and run their own business, to undertake voluntary work, to study and to bring their spouse or unmarried partner as well as their children under the age of 21 with them. It is however important to note that you cannot take paid employment or receive public funds. The rules on dependents regarding age and income requirements are complex so it is important to get in contact with GCH prior to the application process to ensure your visa application process runs smoothly. 

As there is no limit on capital for starting a business and no general language requirement, this visa option is the most appropriate and least complex with regards to compliance. Provided an individual is able to communicate in English at a level convenient to operate a business in the UK, the applicant may be granted an initial visa period of 12 months. Thereafter, it is possible to obtain a British passport after 6 years of presence in the UK by applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after 5 years of lawfully staying in the UK and subsequently applying for a British passport after a further year. 

Whether you are looking to start or grow your business, the UK boasts the 5th largest economy in the world and is also a great place to live, raise a family and of course to do business. The ‘Made in Britain’ logo is synonymous with quality goods and services and the English language is an unbelievable asset when it comes to global trade. The UK is a G7 country and an incredibly exciting place to be based in; especially as the UK begins to look beyond Europe in light of post Brexit trade relations. Supporting businesses and international foreign direct investment, the UK has very few barriers to entry for innovative businesses looking to gain a place in the dynamic market. In addition, a start-up culture fosters innovation within a free country open to new opportunities. Turkish Businessperson Visa holders can secure their business continuity in an increasingly volatile world.

At Monarch Solicitors, we can assist with the legal due diligence of the application process of the Turkish Businessperson Visa to ensure your route of starting a business in the UK flows seamlessly. We can also help with the immigration process for any family members by making applications for any spouse or dependants.  

When you have obtained your Turkish Businessperson Visa we will not cut any ties with you. Monarch Solicitors can help support you and your family by providing legal support, both commercially and personally, to iron out any bumps during the transition period of moving and living in the UK.

We have expert solicitors on hand who can help:

  • Negotiate commercial contracts
  • Deal with commercial property purchases and leases
  • Draft employee employment contracts for your business
  • Advise on the legal formalities and responsibilities of being a director
  • Deal with residential purchases for your family 

With Monarch Solicitors conducting the due legal diligence of the work involved, its sister company, Global Capital Hub, manages client relationships to the expectations of our clients so that our clients receive an optimal standard of service and comprehensive expertise at all stages during and after the Turkish Businessperson visa.

In light of the fact that the United Kingdom has opted to leave the European Union, it will no longer be bound by the terms of the Ankara Agreement. As a result, any applications or renewals under this visa scheme will only be available until the 31st December 2020. That being said, the UK government is currently seeking to make a new agreement with the Turkish government to resolve this matter and talks are on-going to reach a mutually beneficial agreement which upholds the longstanding history of cooperation, trade and partnership between the two countries. For more information on the latest updates to the Turkish Businessperson Visa scheme or to find out if you could be eligible for a visa application or extension, please get in contact with our team at Monarch Solicitors or Global Capital Hub who will be happy to assist you. 

Contact Our Turkish Businessperson Visa Solicitors in Manchester and London, UK

If you would like to find out more about our Turkish Businessperson visa services please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our Turkish Businessperson visa solicitors shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our Turkish Businessperson visa lawyers on 0330 127 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

We have specialist Turkish Businessperson visa advisors based at our Manchester and London offices offering a personal service, nationally and internationally.


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