Work Visas - Business

Persons with UK Ancestry

If you are a Commonwealth citizen and have a grandparent born in the UK, you may be able to live and work in the UK on the basis of your UK Ancestry.  You can be accompanied or joined by your dependent family members.

Initial applications: UK Ancestry Visa

In order to qualify for leave to enter the United Kingdom on the basis of having UK Ancestry you will need to demonstrate that:

  • You are a Commonwealth citizen; and
  • You are aged 17 or over; and
  • You are able to provide proof that one of your grandparents was born:
  • in the United Kingdom; or
  • the Channel Islands; or
  • the Isle of Man; or
  • on a British-registered ship or aircraft; or
  • in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922; and
  • Any such grandparent is your blood grandparent or grandparent by reason of an adoption recognised by the laws of the United Kingdom relating to adoption; and
  • You are able to work and intend to take or seek employment or self-employment in the United Kingdom; and
  • You will be able to maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds.

If your application is successful you will be granted leave to enter the UK for a period of up to 5 years.

Settlement applications: UK Ancestry Visa

In order to quality for indefinite leave to remain in the UK on grounds of United Kingdom Ancestry you will need to demonstrate that:

  • You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the United Kingdom with a UK Ancestry Visa; and
  • You meet the requirements set out above (including being employed, self-employed or seeking employment at the date of application and throughout most of the five years); and
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application; and
  • You can provide specified documents to evidence any absence that was for a serious or compelling reason; and
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK
  • For advice and assistance with a UK Ancestry Visa application or appeal, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Representatives of Overseas Businesses

    If you are a senior employee of an overseas business that is seeking to establish a commercial presence in the UK, you may qualify to live and work in the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business.

    Initial applications: UK sole representative visa

    In order to qualify for a sole representative visa for the UK, you will need to show that:

    • You are a senior employee of a business which has its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK; and
    • The company has no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK; and
    • You have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the business; and
    • The branch or subsidiary in the UK will carry out the same business activities as the overseas business; and
    • You do not intend to take any other employment whilst in the UK; and
    • You hold less than 50% of the shares in the overseas business; and
    • You are able to maintain and accommodate yourself adequately without the need to rely on public funds; and
    • You are able to speak and understand English to a required standard.

    A sole representative is regarded by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as a person who has worked for the overseas company for some time and holds a senior position.  If you have recently been employed by the overseas company, UK Visas and Immigration will expect to see that you have held a senior role previously and, if relevant to your job description, that you have a good track record of establishing companies.

    UK Visas and Immigration will assess whether the overseas parent company is a genuine commercial enterprise, taking into consideration its turnover (in order to show that the parent company is actively trading), its registered office (which must be outside the UK) and the type of business (which must be the same as the intended business in the UK).  UKVI will also assess your work arrangements for the UK, having regard to your contract of employment, job description, business plans and any other documents submitted which are relevant to the operation of the business.

    Extension applications: UK sole representative visa

    In order to extend your stay in the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business, you will need to show that:

    • The overseas business still has its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK; and
    • You are employed full time as a representative of that overseas business and have established and are in charge of its registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary; and
    • You are still required for the employment in question, as certified by your employer, and do not intend to take any other employment.

    Settlement applications: UK sole representative visa

    In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business, you will need to show that:

    • You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK as the sole representative of an overseas business; and
    • You have not spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application and provide specified documents to evidence the reasons for the absences, which must be in connection with the employment or for a serious or compelling reason; and
    • You met the requirements for an extension of stay throughout the 5 year period; and
    • You are still required for the employment in question, as certified by your employer; and
    • You have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.

    For advice and assistance with an application for entry clearance, extension of stay or settlement as the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Exceptional Talent

    The Tier 1 Exceptional talent category is for individuals who are internationally recognised as world leaders (exceptional talent) or potential world-leading talent (exceptional promise) in the fields of science, the arts and technology and who wish to work in the UK.

    Applications for a Designated Competent Body endorsement are made to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) using a specified form and must be supported by specified evidence. The specified evidence that must be provided in support of an application, as well as the criteria against which applications are assessed, vary depending upon the endorsing body and whether the applicant is applying on the basis of Exceptional Talent (world leader) or Exceptional Promise (potential world leader).

    Extension applications: UK tier 1 exceptional talent visa

    In order to extend your stay in the UK as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent migrant, you will need to show that:

    • During your most recent period of leave as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent migrant, you earned money in the UK as a result of employment or self-employment in your expert field as previously endorsed by a Designated Competent Body; and
    • That Designated Competent Body has not withdrawn its endorsement; and
      You speak and understand English to a required standard.

    It is possible to switch into the Exceptional Talent category if you have, or were last granted, leave as a Tier 1 migrant, Tier 2 migrant or a Tier 5 Temporary Worker migrant sponsored in the Government Authorised Exchange sub-category in an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers.

    Settlement applications: UK tier 1 exceptional talent visa

    In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent migrant, you will need to show that:

    • During your most recent period of leave as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent migrant, you earned money in the UK as a result of employment or self-employment in your expert field as previously endorsed by a Designated Competent Body; and
    • That Designated Competent Body has not withdrawn its endorsement; and
    • You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK in a permitted category; and
    • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months during the 5 years; and
    • You have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the United Kingdom.

    For advice and assistance with a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa application or appeal, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Tier 1 (General): Highly Skilled Workers

    This route is for highly skilled migrants who are working, or are self-employed, to settle in the UK.  

    If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 1 General migrant, a Highly Skilled migrant, a Writer, Composer or Artist or a Self-employed lawyer, an application for indefinite leave to remain can be made up until 6 April 2018. 

    Family members may apply as dependents, but the Tier 1 General category is now closed to new applicants from outside the UK, applicants seeking further leave to remain and to individuals in any other immigration category within the UK.

    Settlement applications: indefinite leave to remain as a UK highly skilled worker
    In order to qualify for permanent residence in the UK as a Tier 1 General highly skilled worker, you will need to show that:

    • You have spent a continuous period of five years lawfully in the UK in a permitted category, of which the most recent period must have been spent with leave as a Tier 1 General migrant (if you received an HSMP approval letter issued on the basis of an application made before 3 April 2006 then the period may be 4 years);
    • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application, any absence was for a purpose consistent with your basis of stay (including paid annual leave) or for serious or compelling reasons and you can provide specified documents to evidence the reasons for the absences;
    • You qualify for either 75 points (if you have, or have had, leave under the Tier 1 General category before 19 July 2010; or if you are here as a Highly Skilled Migrant, a Writer, Composer or Artist, or Self-employed lawyer) or 80 points (in all other cases) for attributes (if you received an HSMP approval letter issued on the basis of an application made before 7 November 2006 then you need to demonstrate that you are economically active in the UK);
    • You have sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the UK.

    For advice and assistance with a Tier 1 General Highly Skilled Worker visa application or appeal, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Tier 2 General: Skilled Workers

    If you have been offered a skilled job in the UK, you may qualify to live and work in the UK as a Tier 2 General migrant. The Tier 2 General visa is designed for skilled workers migrating to the UK.

    You can switch into the Tier 2 General immigration category if you are already in the UK under Tier 1, 2, 4 or Tier 5 Temporary Worker of the point-based system. Your family members may accompany you as your dependents.

    Initial applications: entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 2 General skilled worker

    In order to qualify for a Tier 2 General visa for the UK, you will need to show that:

    • You have obtained a job offer in the UK;
    • The job offer is from a licensed UK employer (i.e. an employer holding a Tier 2 Sponsor License);
    • You do not own more than 10% of the shares of the company sponsoring you, unless your gross salary is £155,300 or more;
    • The job offer passes the Resident Labour Market test (or a Resident Labour Market test exemption applies);
    • You have been issued with a valid certificate of sponsorship by your employer;
    • Your job title appears on the list of occupations skilled to NQF level 6 or above as stated in the Codes of Practice;
    • You will be paid at an appropriate salary rate and your annual gross salary will be above the minimum salary threshold of £20,800;
    • You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1/B2 (CEFR level B1 is equivalent to IELTS 4.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking);
    • You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds.

    You will also need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that the job offer is a genuine vacancy and you are appropriately qualified or registered to do the job.

    If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) migrant, you will only be able to switch into the Tier 2 General category if your Tier 2 ICT visa was granted before 6th April 2010 and you are applying to change sponsor, or you have leave under the Tier 2 ICT: Established staff category granted before 6th April 2011 and are applying to change sponsor.

    If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 4 General Student, you will need to complete and pass your degree level course before you are eligible to switch into the Tier 2 General category.

    Extension applications: further leave to remain as a Tier 2 General Skilled Worker

    In order to extend your stay as a Tier 2 General migrant, you will need to show that:

    • You are still working for the same employer, who last sponsored your Tier 2 General application, in the same occupation;
    • You have been issued with a valid certificate of sponsorship by that employer;
    • You do not own more than 10% of the shares of the company sponsoring you, unless your gross salary is £155,300 or more;
    • You will be paid at an appropriate salary rate and your annual gross salary is at or above the minimum salary threshold of £20,800.

    You can change your sponsor during your stay in the Tier 2 General category. However, you will need to apply for a fresh grant of leave to remain as a Tier 2 General migrant each time that you do so and satisfy the requirements set out under ‘initial applications’ above.

    Settlement in the UK: indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 2 General Skilled Worker

    In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 2 General migrant, you will need to show that:

    • You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK as a Tier 2 General migrant or in any combinations of the relevant categories as set out in Paragraph 245HF(c) of the Immigration Rules; and< br />You have not spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application and provide specified documents to evidence the reasons for the absences, which must be in connection with the employment or for a serious or compelling reason; and
    • You are not in the UK in breach of immigration laws except that any period of overstaying for a period of 28 days or less will be disregarded;
    • You are still required for the employment in question, as certified by your employer; and
    • You are paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job as stated in the Codes of Practice;
    • You have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.

    Cooling off period

    For applicants who were granted leave in the Tier 2 General Skilled Worker on or after 6th April 2011, leave will be limited to a maximum of 6 years. Migrants who do not apply to obtain settlement must leave the UK upon the expiry of their leave and wait 12 months before applying to re-enter the UK in the Tier 2 category, unless they will be paid more than £155,300 or their first assignment was for less than 3 months.

    For advice and assistance with an application for entry clearance, extension of stay or settlement as a Tier 2 General migrant or with obtaining a Tier 2 Sponsor License, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers

    If you have obtained an offer from an overseas employer for a role in a UK branch of the employer’s organisation, you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) visa.

    The Tier 2 ICT visa enables multinational employers to transfer their existing employees from outside the EEA to their UK branch for training purposes or to fill a specific vacancy.

    Your family members may accompany you as your dependents.

    There are four types of Intra-company visa: Short Term Staff, Long Term Staff, Graduate Trainee and Skills Transfer.

    Short Term Staff: This visa is for employees who want to come to the UK for a period of less than 12 months and where the position cannot be filled by a settled or EEA worker. The employee must have worked for their employer overseas for at least 12 months. The maximum duration of stay on a Short Term Staff visa is 12 months;

    Long Term Staff: This visa is for employees who want to come to the UK for a period of 12 months or more and where the position cannot be filled by a settled or EEA worker. The employee must have worked for their employer overseas for at least 12 months. The maximum duration of stay on a Long Term Staff visa is 5 years, or 9 years if the visa holder earns over £155,300 per annum. There is no limit if the visa holder was initially granted leave as a Tier 2 ICT migrant before 6 April 2011 or as a qualifying worker permit holder and has not been granted leave in this or any other route since the initial grant.

    Graduate Trainee: This visa is for employees who have recently graduated and who are hoping to take on a graduate trainee programme for a specialist role. You will need to be a recent graduate and have had at least 3 months’ experience with your employer. The maximum duration of stay on a Graduate Trainee visa is 12 months.

    Skills Transfer: This visa is designed for transferring new and graduate employees to the UK base of an overseas company for the purpose of gaining skills and knowledge or to train others in the UK. There is no minimum amount of time for which the visa holder must have been with their employer. The maximum duration of stay on a Skills Transfer visa is 6 months.

    Initial Applications: entry clearance as a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) migrant

    In order to qualify for a Tier 2 ICT visa for the UK, you will need to show that you have worked for your employer overseas for a certain period of time prior to the date of application. In addition, in order to qualify for a Tier 2 ICT visa you will also need to satisfy the following criteria:

    • You have obtained an offer of employment from your overseas employer who must have obtained a Tier 2 ICT Sponsor License in the UK;
    • You have been issued with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by that employer;
    • Your job title appears on the list of occupations skilled to NQF level 6 or above as stated in the Codes of Practice;
    • You will be paid at an appropriate salary rate and your annual gross salary is above the minimum salary threshold (The minimum salary threshold is £24,800 for
    • Short Term Staff, Skills Transfer and Graduate Trainee; and £41,500 for Long Term Staff);
    • You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds.

    Extension Applications: further leave to remain as a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) migrant

    If you were initially granted leave in any Tier 2 ICT category and the length of your stay will not extend beyond the maximum permitted duration of stay as set out above, you may be eligible to extend your stay. In order to qualify for a Tier 2 ICT extension, you will need to satisfy the following criteria:

    • You are working for the same employer as you were at the time of your last grant of leave;
    • You have been issued with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship by that employer;
    • You will be paid at an appropriate salary rate and your annual gross salary is above the minimum salary threshold (The minimum salary threshold is £24,800 for Short Term Staff and £41,500 for Long Term Staff);
    • You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds.

    Settlement in the UK: indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) migrant.

    If you were initially granted leave in the Tier 2 ICT category on or after 6 April 2011, then you will not be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain. If you were granted leave as a Tier 2 ICT migrant before 6 April 2010, you may be eligible for indefinite leave to remain if you satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK as a Tier 2 ICT migrant or in any combination of the relevant categories as set out in Paragraph 245GF(c) of the Immigration Rules; and
    • You have not spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any of the five consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application and provide specified documents to evidence the reasons for the absences, which must be in connection with the employment or for a serious or compelling reason; and
    • You are not in the UK in breach of immigration laws except that any period of overstaying for a period of 28 days or less will be disregarded; and
    • You are still required for the employment in question, as certified by your employer; and
    • You are paid at or above the appropriate for the job as stated in the Codes of Practice; and
    • You have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.

    If you were granted leave as a Tier 2 ICT migrant before 6 April 2011 and have been in the UK for 10 years then you may be eligible for indefinite leave to remain under the long residence rules

    Cooling off period

    For applicants who were granted Tier 2 ICT leave on or after 6 April 2011 leave will be limited to the maximum durations stated above. Migrants must leave the UK on expiry of their leave and wait 12 months before applying to return in a Tier 2 category (including the Tier 2 General category), unless their annual gross salary is more than £155,300 or their first assignment was for less than 3 months. Migrants who last had leave as a Tier 2 ICT Short Term Staff, Graduate Trainee or Skills Transfer category may be able to apply to enter the UK in the Tier 2 ICT Long Term Staff category without waiting 12 months.

    For advice and assistance with entry clearance, extension of stay or settlement as a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer migrant, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Tier 5 Temporary Workers

    The Tier 5 Temporary Worker category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the United Kingdom will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives, including volunteering and job shadowing.

    If you wish to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa, you should intend to undertake field work that is directly related to the aims of your Sponsor organisation on a temporary basis.  Your family members may accompany you as your dependents.

    The Tier 5 Temporary Worker category is made up of five sub-categories: Creative and Sporting; Charity Workers; Religious Workers; Government Authorised Exchange; and International Agreement.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting

    The Creative and Sporting sub-category of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route is for individuals who have been offered work as a creative worker (including, but not limited to, actors, dancers, musicians and film crew) or sportspersons.

    If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa as a creative worker, you will need to demonstrate that you can make a unique contribution to the UK labour market and that you will be paid the minimum salary as set by Equity, PACT or BECTU.

    If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa as a sportsperson, you will need to be endorsed by the governing body for your sport and demonstrate that you will make a significant contribution to your sport at the highest level in the UK.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Charity Workers

    You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the Charity Worker sub-category if you wish to undertake unpaid voluntary work for a charity. The work that you intend to undertake in the UK must directly relate to the charity which is sponsoring you and the position must not be a permanent position.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Religious Workers

    If you would like to undertake religious work, for example preaching or working in a religious order, you may be able to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the Religious Worker sub-category. Your salary will need to be at least equal to that received by settled workers in the same role.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange

    The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) route is for individuals who wish to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to complete training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved Government Authorised Exchange scheme.

    Tier 5 Temporary Worker – International Agreement

    You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa in the International Agreement sub-category if, while in the UK, you will be contracted to undertake work that is covered by international law (e.g. working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household). You will need to have professional experience in the relevant sector before you apply under this route. 

    Initial Applications: Entry Clearance as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker

    In order to qualify for entry clearance as Tier 5 Temporary Worker, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you meet the following requirements:

    • You have been issued with a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer holding a valid Tier 5 Sponsor License. Each Tier 5 Temporary Worker subcategory has its individual requirements. In order to obtain a valid certificate of sponsorship number, you will need to meet the requirements for the relevant Tier 5 Temporary Worker subcategory as set out in the Immigration Rules; and
    • You have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay in the UK without relying on public funds.
    • If your application for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa is approved, the length of time that you will be permitted to stay in the UK will be as follows:
    • Creative and Sporting: up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you have applied for);
    • Charity Workers: up to 12 months;
    • Religious Workers: up to 24 months;
    • Government Authorised Exchange: up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you have applied for);
    • International Agreement: up to 2 years at a time, up to a total maximum of 6 years.

    Extension applications: Further Leave to Remain as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker

    In order to qualify for an extension of stay as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are being sponsored in the same Temporary Worker subcategory and for the same role as the one in which you were last sponsored when applying as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker migrant; and
    • You have been issued with a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer holding a valid Tier 5 Sponsor License; and
    • You have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay in the UK without relying on public funds.

    Tier 5 Temporary Workers can only apply for an extension of their visa up to the maximum period of time permitted by the relevant subcategory or, if shorter, the time specified in their certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days.

    Settlement Applications: Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker

    In most circumstances, a Tier 5 Temporary worker visa does not lead to settlement in the UK.

    It is only possible to qualify for indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 5 Temporary Worker migrant, after having spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK with leave to remain in the International Agreement sub-category of Tier 5 whilst working as a private servant in a diplomatic household and having last been granted entry clearance in this capacity under the Immigration Rules in place before 6th April 2012.

    For advice and assistance with a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa application or appeal, please contact our immigration solicitors.

    Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

    If you are aged between 18 and 30 and a citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan then you may be eligible to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS).

    You can also apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you are 18 to 30 and a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas).  Family members cannot accompany you as your dependent(s), but must instead apply separately.

    Requirements for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa

    In order to qualify for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are aged between 18 and 30;
    • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas);
    • You satisfy a maintenance funds requirement;
    • You do not have any children under 18 who live with you or for whom you are financially responsible; and
    • You have not previously been in the UK under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme or in the former ‘Working Holidaymaker’ category.

    If you are a citizen of Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea or Taiwan, you will need to be sponsored by an employer in the UK and obtain a certificate of sponsorship reference number before you apply.  Citizens of other listed countries are sponsored by their government or authority.

    If your application for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa is successful then you will be free to work (except as a professional sportsperson or doctor or dentist in training) and engage in privately funded studies during your stay in the United Kingdom.  You will also be able to be self-employed and set up a company, provided that your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees.  Youth Mobility Scheme temporary migrants may also undertake voluntary work and au pair placements as and when they wish.

    Period of validity

    If you are granted leave as a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Temporary Migrant, then you can stay in the UK for a period of 24 months.  You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.  However, it will not be possible to obtain an extension of your Youth Mobility Scheme stay. 

    For advice or assistance in relation to an application or appeal under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme of the points-based system, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

    Turkish Businesspersons and Workers

    If you are a Turkish national and you want to either start a new business in the UK or come to the UK to help run an established business, you may qualify for a Turkish Businessperson visa.

    It is possible to switch into the Turkish Businesspersons category from another immigration category. However, if you are already running a business in the UK then it is not possible to switch into this category and you should apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa instead. Turkish Businessperson visa holders may be joined or accompanied by their dependents.

    Requirements for a Turkish Businesspersons visa

    In order to qualify for a Turkish Businesspersons visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you are a Turkish national and:

    • you have a genuine intention to set up a viable business; and
    • you will devote sufficient funds or assets of your own to establish your business; and
    • you will be able to pay your share of the costs of running the business; and
    • your part in the business will not amount to disguised employment; and
    • your share of the profits will be enough to support you and your family without you needing to have another job or rely on public funds; and
    • you have not remained in the UK in breach of UK immigration laws.

    If you want to join an existing partnership or company you will also need to show that:

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

    Duration of Stay

    You can stay in the UK under a Turkish Businessperson visa for 12 months. You may be able to extend your stay for a further 3 years in order to continue operating your business (or for a shorter period of 12 months if there are doubts about the ongoing viability of your business). You can apply to settle in the UK once you have held a Turkish Businessperson visa for 4 years.

    Conditions of Stay

    Turkish Businessperson visa holders can start a new business in the UK or join an existing business which they will have an active part in running. There is no minimum capital requirement and no job creation requirement.

    Turkish Workers

    If you are a Turkish national and you have legally worked in the UK for at least 12 months then you may qualify for a Turkish Worker visa extension.

    It is possible to switch into the Turkish Worker visa category from another immigration category. You may include your dependent family members on your Turkish Worker visa extension provided that they are already lawfully in the UK.

    Requirements for a Turkish Worker visa

    In order to qualify for a Turkish Worker visa extension you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you are a Turkish national and:

    • you have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year as the spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working in the UK, a holder of a work permit allowing you to work in the UK or a student allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacation periods; and
    • you have worked for the same employer throughout the period relied upon; and
    • you have not remained in the UK in breach of any UK immigration laws.

    Duration of Stay

    If you have previously worked in the UK for 1 to 3 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will be valid for up to 2 years. If you have worked in the UK for 3 to 4 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will be valid for up to 1 year. If you have worked in the UK for more than 4 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will be valid for up to 3 years. Turkish Worker visa extensions do not lead to settlement in the UK.

    Conditions of Stay

    If you have previously worked in the UK for 1 to 3 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will allow you to continue to work for the same employer only. If you have worked in the UK for 3 to 4 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will allow you to change employer within the same occupation. If you have worked in the UK for more than 4 years then your Turkish Worker visa extension will allow you to work in any occupation for any employer.

    For advice and assistance with applying for a Turkish Businessperson visa or a Turkish Worker visa extension, please contact our immigration solicitors in London.

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West End office ID 523362.
Manchester office ID 630156

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