Immigration: Turkey

Home Office written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reverse his decision of March 2018 to close the permanent residency route under the Ankara Agreement for Turkish nationals who have set up businesses in the UK and are seeking indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Upper Tribunal concluded, in the case of Aydogdu, that there was no legal basis under the Ankara Agreement for the previous route to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for Turkish nationals who have set up businesses in the UK.

The Home Office therefore closed the route in March 2018 and, though not obliged to do so, introduced a route via the domestic Immigration Rules to enable Turkish business persons and their family members to obtain ILR where certain criteria are met.

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