Turkey in touch with British authorities on new Ankara Agreement visa rules
Ambassador Ümit Yalçın, Turkey’s envoy to London, said authorities had been in talks with British counterparts over new rules imposed on Turkish citizens’ Ankara Agreement visas as a part of Britain’s new migration strategy after it leaves the European Union, Dünya newspaper reported on Friday.
The Ankara Agreement allows for a specific type of visa for Turks who want to establish businesses or become self-employed in Britain. The 1963 Ankara Agreement, also known as the ECAA agreement, permits Turkish nationals to work or set up a business and attain residency rights in the United Kingdom.
British authorities last year changed rules in Ankara Agreement visa procedures, increasing the duration to obtain indefinite residence permits from four years to five years. While Turks used to apply to indefinite residence permits for free, now they have to pay a fee of £2,389 ($2,983).
Yalçın said the Turkish authorities had been supporting Turkish nationals using legal channels to challenge the decision.
The ambassador said that the exact framework was not clear as the British authorities were not sure whether the country would leave the EU with a deal or would face a no-deal Brexit.