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Turkish Businessperson Visa

  1. Overview

You can apply for a Turkish Businessperson visa if you’re a Turkish national and you want to:

  • start a new business in the UK
  • come to the UK to help run an established business

You must meet the eligibility requirements (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/eligibility).

How long it will take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 12 weeks when you apply from outside the UK. Check the guide processing times (https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times) to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

Fees

There is no fee for this visa.

How long you can stay

You can use this visa to stay in the UK for 12 months. You may also be able to:

  • extend (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/extend-your-visa) your visa for another 3 years
  • apply to settle in the UK permanently (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-worker-business-person-settlement)

What you can do

You can:

  • start a new business in the UK
  • join an existing business which you will have an active part in running
  • switch into this visa from another visa category
  • extend your stay if you’re already in this visa category
  • bring your family (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/family-members) (‘dependants’) with you
  1. Eligibility

You must be a Turkish national and show that:

  • you have a genuine intention to set up a viable business
  • you’ll be bringing sufficient funds to establish your business
  • you’ll be able to pay your share of the costs of running the business
  • your share of the profits will be enough to support you and your family without your needing to have another job

If you want to join an existing partnership or company, you must show:

  • you’ll have an active part in running the business
  • there is a genuine need for your services and investment

 

  1. Documents you must provide

You must provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • proof that you can support and house yourself and your dependants during your stay, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • proof of your living costs, such as a tenancy agreement, mortgage agreement, utility bills, council tax
  • statement, bank statements, documents relating to transfer of money to relatives abroad
  • proof of state benefits you’ve received in the UK
  • your tuberculosis test results (https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa) if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • You’ll need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.
  • You may be asked to get a police certificate (https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police) for yourself and your family after you arrive in the UK.

 

Proof for your business

You should provide proof that you’re in the process of planning, setting up or running your business.

This can include:

  • a business plan
  • documents for your business premises
  • partnership agreements
  • insurance documents
  • business accounts prepared by a chartered accountant or approved by an auditor
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) documents (including evidence of payment)
  • qualifications for running the business, such as relevant formal qualifications or evidence of previous relevant experience
  • evidence of your finances and your investment in the business, such as UK or overseas bank statements, overseas money transfers, and bank loans
  • evidence of any financial assistance from a third party (for example family member), such as bank statements or other financial documents as evidence of their finances, and a legal or other document confirming their involvement in and share of the business
  • a document setting out the terms of your involvement in the business

 

  1. Apply

Apply outside the UK

You must apply online (https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/other-ooc) for this visa.

You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre (https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre) as part of your application.

You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.

Apply in the UK

You can only extend your existing visa (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/extend-your-visa) or switch to

this visa (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/switch-to-this-visa) if you’re already in the UK.

  1. Extend your visa
  • You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Turkish Businessperson visa.
  • You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend – including children who have turned 18 during your stay.
  • You should apply before your current visa expires.

Eligibility

  • You must be in the UK to extend your visa.
  • You must also meet the following conditions:
  • your business is still going
  • you’re still able to pay your share of the costs of running the business (its liabilities)
  • your share of the profits will be enough to support you and your dependants without you needing to have another job

How long you can stay

A Turkish Businessperson visa can normally be extended for 3 years - though you must keep working in the business your visa is for.

If you do not have all the evidence you need for your extension application, you may be able to stay 1 year.

You can apply again at the end of that year.

How to extend your visa

You must apply online (https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/ecaa-turkish-worker) to extend your visa.

How long it takes

A decision will be made on your application within 6 months.

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example if:

your supporting documents need to be verified

you need to attend an interview

you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied

before your last visa expired.

Fees

You will not have to pay a fee.

  1. Switch to this visa

You can apply to change (‘switch’) from another visa to a Turkish Businessperson visa.

You should apply before your current visa expires.

Eligibility

To switch to this visa you must:

be in the UK legally

meet all of the visa’s eligibility requirements (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-business-person/eligibility)

not already be running a business in the UK that’s not allowed on your current visa

How long you can stay

A Turkish Businessperson visa lasts 12 months. You may be able to extend (https://www.gov.uk/turkish-businessperson/extend-your-visa) it for a further 3 years.

How to apply to switch your visa

You must apply online (https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/ecaa-turkish-worker) to switch to this visa.

How long it takes

A decision will be made on your application within 6 months.

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example if:

your supporting documents need to be verified

you need to attend an interview

you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied

before your last visa expired.

Fees

You will not have to pay a fee.

  1. Family members

Your family members (‘dependants’) can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa.

A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:

your partner

your child under 21 (including children born in the UK)

Documents you must provide

For each family member you must have:

a current passport or other valid travel identification

2 passport size colour photographs (https://www.gov.uk/photos-for-passports)

proof of your relationship, for example a marriage certificate, evidence that you live together, birth certificate

proof they will live permanently with you

proof that you have sole responsibility for any dependants aged under 21 if the other parent will not be in the UK, for example written permission or relevant legal documents proof that you can support and house yourself and your dependants during your stay, for example bank

statements or payslips for the last 6 months

their tuberculosis test results (https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa) if they’re from a country where you have to take the test

If your dependant is in the UK and was asked to register with the police when they arrived, you must also provide their police registration certificate (https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police).

Dependants applying from outside the UK

If you’re already in the UK and want your family to join you, they must apply online (https://visasimmigration.service.gov.uk/other-ooc).

They’ll need to visit a visa application centre (https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre) to have their fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken.

They may be able to get their visa faster or other services depending on what country they’re in - check with the visa application centre.

Dependants applying in the UK

You can either:

include your dependants on your visa application

ask your dependant to apply separately

Applying separately

If the dependant is your partner, they must apply online as a partner (https://visasimmigration.service.gov.uk/product/ecaa-partner).

You need to apply online for your child (https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/ecaa-child).

 

 

 

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