From 6 July 2018, both Turkish workers and business persons under the Ankara Agreement 1963 (“Ankara Agreement”) and their dependents will once again be eligible to apply for ‘indefinite leave to remain' (“ILR”), following the Home Office’s consideration of the court judgement in Aydogdu v SSHD [JR/15737/2015].
Turkish workers and business persons will need to:
have spent 5 continuous years lawfully in the UK;
demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and about Life in the UK;
have had no recourse to public funds, other than that which they are entitled to; and
not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
Please note that the applicant must have leave under the Ankara Agreement and, an immigration application fee will need to be paid.
The changes will also enable dependents of the main applicant to apply, so long as they satisfy similar requirements under the immigration rules.
Turkish workers and business persons who either have cases outstanding with the Home Office or who are eligible to do so, should seek specialist immigration advice.
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