What is a Turkish Worker Visa UK in 2021?

Turkish Worker visas are for Turkish nationals seeking Turkish UK Immigration who have worked in the UK for a year (at minimum) and wish to continue working in the country by extending their stay. This kind of business visa UK is also informally known as the ECAA visa, an acronym of the European Community Association Agreement, a now-defunct European deliberate body that engaged with Turkey to produce the Ankara Agreement UK, in 1963. The UK Turkish Worker visa, therefore, falls under the broader category of Turkish ecaa business visas.

Who is eligible for a TurkishWorker Visa?

Turkish nationals are eligible for ecaa visas who:

  • Have worked for the same person throughout their time spent in the UK on their prior visa (as stated in their new application for a worker visa)
  • Have a valid work permit for the UK
  • Are a student who is permitted to work full time during his or her vacation and for 20 hours a week during term periods. 
  • Are the husband or wife of a Brit or someone who is settled in the UK with zero restrictions on the ability to work in the country

Length of stay in UK

  • The amount of time you have legally worked in the UK determines the amount of time you can stay in the country on a UK Turkish Worker Visa
  • The amount of time you have legally worked in the UK also determines what you can do (who you can work for, etc) on a UK Turkish Worker Visa
  • If you wish to indefinitely remain in the UK you may be eligible to apply for permanent settlement in the UK
  • If you have worked in the UK for 1-3 years
  • You can stay in the UK for up to 2 years
  • You can continue working at your same job
  • If you have worked in the UK for 3-4 years
  • You can stay in the UK for up to 1 year
  • You can change jobs but must remain working in the same field
  • If you have worked in the UK for 4+ years
  • You can stay in the UK for up to 3 years
  • You can work in at any job for any employer

UK Turkish Worker visa fees

There are zero fees for this kind of Turkish UK Immigration visa

UK Turkish Worker visa terms:

The requirements for a Turkish ECAA business visa are outlined below. Those who are on are allowed to do the following:

  • If you (and your dependents) are already on a UK Turkish Worker Visa (or on another visa) in the UK, you may apply to incorporate your family members on your visa
  • Switch to this type of visa (if already in the UK on another visa) 

How long does it take to get a Turkish Worker Visa UK?

It takes around 6 months to be approved (or denied) for a Worker Turkish visa UK

How to apply for a Turkish Worker visa?

  1. Apply before your visa has expired
  2. Apply online, here, for your Turkish visa UK
  3. Attend an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point, where you will:
  4. Supply the required fingerprints and photos (biometric information)
  5. Supply the required/supplemental documents (either in person at your appointment or by uploading them online)
  6. Remain inside the UK (including the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and Ireland) while you await the decision on your Turkish visa UK. Those who travel outside of the UK while their application is pending will have their Turkish visa UK application cancelled  

 

Required documents

What are the documents required for a Turkey visa? The below documents are required for Turkish ECAA business visa (please note that you may be asked to submit additional supporting documents during your Turkish UK Immigration process):

  • A valid passport or other valid, official ID, which demonstrates that you are working in the UK legally
  • Two photographs (passport sized, in color) and one empty page for your new Turkish ECAA business visa
  • Financial documents and other materials reflecting the entirety of your period of stay in the UK, with evidence of any and all the jobs you have held throughout your time in the country (generally in the form of pay slips and account statements)

The following may also be required:

  • A UK police certificate for yourself and any dependents seeking Turkish UK Immigration
  • If you are an au pair and you do not get paid via pay slips or direct deposits into your bank account, you may instead submit a letter from the family employing you for your application 

Professional required documents

In addition to these above personal documents required for a Turkish ECAA business visa, you must also provide documentary proof (i.e. employment applications, letters from your current or future boss), related to your intent to do the following:  

  • If you have worked in the UK for 1-3 years:
  • You must show proof of your intent to continue working at your same job
  • (If you have worked in the UK for 3-4 years)
  • You must show proof of your intent to either stay with your old job or change employers, so long as you but must remain working in the same field
  • (If you have worked in the UK for 4+ years)
  • You must show proof of your intent to work at any job for any employer

Family members

Family members can join you on your visa in the UK on your Turkish ECAA business visa so long as they are already legally in the country. Family members are classified as dependents, which are any of the following:

  • Your partner
  • Your child under the age of 21, (including UK born children)
  • Required Documents for family members on an ecaa visa

Each dependent must submit one of the following:

  • Evidence of the nature of his or her relationship to you. For husbands/wives, this could be in the form of a marriage certificate, (if not married, evidence of a minimum of 2 years co habitation) for children, a birth certificate
  • A valid passport or other valid ID, with one blank page for their British visa
  • Two photographs (passport sized, in color)
  • Evidence (such as NHS envelopes addressed to your home residence) that your dependents are already living with you
  • Bank statements or other financial records (such as half-a year’s worth of pay slips) demonstrating your capability to financially support both yourself and your dependents

The following may also be required:

  • Evidence (perhaps in the form of either a legal document or notarized written permission) of your sole legal and financial responsibility for any dependent who is less than 21 years of age (in the event that his or her other parent is not present in the UK or is not planning to ever reside in the country)
  • A UK police certificate for any dependents
  • How to apply as a dependent on an ecaa visa
  • Apply before your visa has expired
  • Include your dependents on your application for a Turkish businessperson
  • Apply separately as a dependent online
  • Apply as a dependent partner here:
  • If your dependent is a child, you must apply for him or her here:

 

More info:

For more info on Turkish UK Immigration, such as for help applying for other Turkish ECAA business visas (other Turkish visa UK), click here

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