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Attaining direct access to UK Permanent Residency through the Turkish passport has a long and established legal basis.  Currently the program is valid until Dec 31, in which it may be extended or cancelled. So if clients want to pursue this option, they should move ahead with Turkey as soon as possible.

What is the ECAA Visa?

According to Article 41 of the Additional Protocol to the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey (also known as Ankara Agreement), and under Article 6(1) of Decision 1/80 of the Association Council established by that agreement, you can apply for a Turkish Businessperson (ECAA visa) if you are a Turkish national and you want to: start a new business in the UK OR come to the UK to help run an established business.

Who is Eligible?

Investor must be a Turkish national and show that:

  • Option A: a genuine intention to set up a viable business OR
  • Option B: join an existing partnership or company.

Besides that ECAA visa

  • No language requirements
  • No minimum investment amount
  • No ‘Genuine Entrepreneur Test’
  • No residency requirements
  • Faster processing
  • Permissible to operate company from home office

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Pathway to Residency & Citizenship

1. Apply for 1 Year ECAA Visa

Have genuine plans and financing to start a new business or become partner of existing business.

Note: Must apply 3 months before planned entry to UK

Applicants must provide proof that they are in the process of planning, setting up, or running your business. This may include: Business Plan, Business License, Articles of Association, Partnership Agreements, Insurance, Bank accounts, Proof of finances for investment.

2. Apply for 1-3 year Visa Extensions

Profits of business must cover normal business operations and living expenses for applicant and dependents

3. Apply for Permanent Residency after 5 years with ECAA visa

Pass language and life tests

Must have spent 186 days in the UK during any 12 month period over the previous 5 years.

Once approved, no longer required to run business.

4. Apply for Citizenship after 1 year with Permanent Residency

Note: Currently the ECAA program is valid until Dec 31, in which it may be extended or cancelled. Therefore if investors want to pursue this option to arrive in UK, they should move ahead with Turkey soon.

Please see more about Turkey Citizenship investment here