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Briefing on the Ankara Agreement and the status of Turkish nationals in the UK

Briefing on the Ankara Agreement and the status of Turkish nationals in the UK


22 March 2018

The British government has suspended an important scheme for Turkish citizens seeking indefinite leave to remain in the UK

  • The Ankara Agreement had previously provided a route to permanent residence for Turkish nationals who set-up businesses in the UK
  • Applications for indefinite leave to remain have now been suspended following a ruling by the courts
  • The British government has failed to clarify the situation, leaving the future of a significant number of the community in limbo

The British government has indicated that it will no-longer accept indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications from Turkish nationals under the provisions of the Turkish Economic Community Association Agreement (ECAA), otherwise known as the ‘Ankara Agreement’…

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