On 6th July 2018 the Home Office introduced a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, a new Appendix called ‘Appendix ECAA’, providing new rules covering the route to Indefinite Leave to Remain for Turkish Business Persons, Workers and their family members.
Who Is Affected By These Changes?
Business Persons and Workers
The changes apply to a Turkish National who is currently a:
Business Person who:
- has the skills and ability necessary to set up a ‘viable’ business that is proposed
- has the funds required to set up and run the business proposed
- has the capacity to make enough profit to support themselves without the need for additional employment which would require a work permit.
- has been working and living in the UK
- is the spouse of a British or settled person
- is the holder of a valid work permit (e.g. as an au pair, Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 4 visa) or
- is a student allowed to work twenty hours a week during term time and full time during vacation periods
Family members can be included with the Turkish Business Person/Workers Application, including:
- civil partners
- unmarried and same sex partners and,
- children under the age of twenty one
who must be able to demonstrate that they are genuine family members.
The New Rules For Indefinite Leave To Remain
Under the five year route to settlement Turkish National Business Persons or Workers and their dependants over the age of twenty one will now qualify for indefinite leave to remain if it can be proven that:
- their last grant of leave was under the ECAA agreement
- they have lived in the UK continuously for five years
- they have sufficient knowledge of the English language
- they have Life in UK Test Certificate
- they can support themselves and any family members without recourse to public funding
- they must not have been outside the UK for over one hundred and eighty days every twelve months during the five year period
- the appropriate new application fees are paid.
Dependent children should be granted Leave to Remain in line with the main Applicant (they do not need to have lived in the UK continuously for five years).
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