Apply for a Turkish Worker Visa in the UK

If you are a Turkish national and you have been working in the UK for at least 1 year, you may be eligible to apply for a Turkish Worker visa which will enable you to continue to work in the UK. The European Community Association Agreement, often also referred to as the “Ankara Agreement” was enacted to promote good relations between Turkey and the EU Member States. As a result of the UK’s association to the EU in 1973, Turkish nationals are now permitted to continue living in the UK for work purposes with a Turkish Worker visa under the Ankara Agreement.

Apply for a Turkish Worker Visa in the UK with LEXVISA Solicitors

Requirements for a Turkish Worker Visa

There are a number of strict requirements that you must meet in order for your application to remain in the UK as a Turkish Worker to be successful. These requirements are as follows:

  • You must be a Turkish national;
  • You must have worked lawfully in the UK for at least 1 year as:

a) the spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working in the UK,

b) a holder of a work permit allowing you to work in the UK, or

c) a student allowed to work 20 hours a week.

  • You must have worked for the same employer;
  • You must be in the UK legally;
  • You must apply before your current leave to remain expires; and
  • You must not have breached any immigration laws.

In order to make a successful application you would need to satisfy the above requirements. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for a Turkish Worker visa, our team of solicitors can advise you as to whether you meet the requirements and what options are available to you to remain in the UK.

Conditions of Stay on a Turkish Worker Visa

The length of time you will be granted to stay in the UK and who you can work for will depend upon how long you have been working in the UK prior to submitting your application. Please see the table below which demonstrates the conditions attached to a Turkish Worker visa depending upon how long you have previously worked in the UK:

Length of time you have worked in the UK prior to submitting your application Length of permission to be granted to work in the UK under the Turkish Worker visa Who you can work for
1 to 3 years Up to 2 years Only your current employer
3 to 4 years Up to 1 year Any employer but within the same occupation
More than 4 years Up to 3 years Any employer and any occupation

In order to make a successful application to remain in the UK under a Turkish Worker visa you will need to show by way of evidence that you have worked in the UK for the period of time that you are relying upon in your application and that you have been employed by the same employer. It is crucial that you evidence the fact that you have been working in the UK for the relevant period as this can substantially affect the conditions attached to the visa you are granted.

Our experienced solicitors can advise you as to the documentation you will need to support your application and what conditions are likely to be attached to your Turkish Worker visa if you are successful.

Settlement in the UK as a Turkish National Worker Visa

There are no routes to settlement under the Turkish Worker visa and therefore, if you wished to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain you would not be able to do so under this route.

However, there may be other routes available to you, such as the Turkish Businessperson visa route or the 10 year long-residence route, i.e., if you have been living in the UK legally for a continuous period of 10 years. Please be advised that the 10 year long-residence route can also be made up of time spent working under the Turkish Worker visa for a period of time.

We would advise you to seek legal advice in order to ascertain what your options are in regards to settling in the UK as a Turkish national.

Successful Turkish Worker Visa Applications

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your applications before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration or visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.


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