Turkish Visa Applications

If you’re a Turkish national and are looking to apply to enter the UK on the basis that you want to establish yourself in business and the residency rights of a Turkish worker, then you will need to apply for the Turkish Worker visa.

As a Turkish citizen, you can apply under 2 routes which are:

  • Businessperson
  • Worker


A Turkish Businessperson visa can be extended for 3 years as long as you carry on working in the business that your visa has been issued for, however, initially, you can only stay for 12 months.  You can apply for a Businessperson visa if you’re a Turkish national and you want to start up a new business in the UK or come to the UK to help a business that is already established. If you want to join an existing partnership or company in the UK, you must be able to show that you will have an active role in running the business and that there is a genuine need for your services and investment. After you have had a Turkish Businessperson visa for 4 years, you will be able to apply to stay in the UK.


If you’re a Turkish national and are wanting to apply for a Turkish Worker visa, you will be eligible to apply as long as you have been working in the UK legally for a minimum of 1 year as either:

  • A spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working within the UK
  • A holder of a work permit which allows you to work in the UK
  • A student that is allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during holiday periods.

Once we have made your application and it has been successful, you will be granted to stay in the UK as a Turkish ECAA worker, however, this is not possible if you have broken the UK’s Immigration Laws regarding working in the UK. It is important to note that under this visa application, you cannot apply to settle in the UK permanently. Applications made to remain in the UK under the Provisions of the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey, you will be required to complete another application form and provide your biometrics.

The duration of time you can remain in the UK and what you’re permitted to do:

The duration of time that you have worked in the UK 

Length of time that you’re permitted to be in the UK 

What you have permission to do

1 – 3 years

Up to 2 years

Continue to work for the same employer

3 – 4 years

Up to 1-year

Change employer, however, you must remain in the same company

4+ years

Up to 3 years

Work in any occupation under any employer

If you’re looking at making an application for the Turkish Worker visa, you will be eligible to bring your partner and children – you will only be able to bring your children to the UK with you as a dependent if they’re under the age of 18. If you find yourself in a situation where your children have been born in the UK whilst you’re in the UK on your Turkish Worker visa, you can make an application for your children to stay in the UK – you will be required to do this if you wish to travel in and out of the UK with your children.

At Pabla and Pabla Solicitors, we’re happy to provide you with all of the help and advice that you need and this is because we understand that making any visa application is often stressful and complicated. Our team of Immigration Solicitors has a fantastic reputation, enabling you to feel at ease and be confident that we will handle your working visa application with the utmost proficiency and professionalism. Our Immigration Solicitors have the most up-to-date knowledge of all immigration matters, which means that your case will be successfully represented to avoid any delays on your application.

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