The ECAA Visa
The ECAA visa allows Turkish nationals who are aged over 18 to come to the UK to set up or join a business. The ECAA visa is closed for new applicants.
What is an ECAA Visa?
An ECAA Visa (also known as the European Community Association Agreement visa) was founded under the Ankara Agreement to promote economic relations between Turkey and the European Community.
What is the Ankara Agreement between the UK and Turkey?
The Ankara Agreement allowed Turkish nationals who were over the age of 18 to enter the European Community and set up or join existing business in the European Community as either workers or businesspersons. The purpose of the Ankara Agreement was to enhance economic ties between Turkey and the European Community.
The UK had been a signatory to the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) by virtue of its membership of the EU. Following the UK’s departure from the EU, entry clearance applications for a Turkish Businessperson visa have closed, however there remains provisions to extend existing Turkish Businessperson visas and to settle in the UK under Appendix ECAA of the Immigration Rules for Turkish workers, businesspersons, and their dependants.
Is the Ankara Agreement still valid in the UK?
No, the Ankara Agreement is no longer valid in the UK. The agreement was signed between Turkey and the European Economic Community (EEC) and aimed to establish a customs union and promote trade relations between Turkey and the EEC. However, following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, the Ankara Agreement no longer applies to the UK.
As of 1st January 2021, the ECAA visa has closed to new applicants. However, individuals in the UK may be eligible to extend their ECAA visa.
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If you have permission to stay in the UK under the ECAA and are either looking to extend your visa or settle in the UK, then please get in touch to speak to an expert immigration lawyer.