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Westminster Debate ‘Changes to Ankara Agreement Visa Applications’

Westminster Debate ‘Changes to Ankara Agreement Visa Applications’


The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will be holding a public forum with Mr Saad Saeed, Solicitor Advocate at Aman Solicitors Advocates; Mr Ozan Askin, Solicitor/Partner at Silvine Law; Mr Yasar Dogan, Solicitor Advocate & Non-practising Barrister at Redstone Solicitors and Ms Semira Dilgil, Head of Private immigration and one of the founding Partners of Ashton Ross Law on the recent changes to the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the Turkish European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA) Business Persons category. Other speakers TBC.

This event will take place between 7 -9 PM on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 in Committee Room 9 of the House of Commons.Please note that security checks are required to enter House of Commons, we kindly ask you to arrive at 6:30 PM, allowing the event to start and end on time.

This event is kindly hosted by Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West and will be chaired by Mrs Aysegul Yesildaglar, former Turkish Attache for Labour and Social Security in Stockholm, Rotterdam, Brussels and London.

On the basis of the Veli Tum and Mehmet Dari case, Turkish citizens were immune from further restrictions on establishing businesses in the UK since the UK became a signatory of the Ankara agreement by joining the European Economic Community in 1973. The British government’s decision to suspend ILR applications under the ECAA, otherwise known as the Ankara Agreement, comes after a decision by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in March 2017 that permanent residence does not in fact fall under the ‘stand still clause’. Rather, limited leave to remain is deemed sufficient to fulfil the Ankara Agreement.

The number of Turkish ECAA businesspersons accepted under this agreement during the period of 2007 to 2017 was 29,205 although the number of people living in the UK under this agreement is expected to be higher as this does not take into account the dependents of the applicants or the number of applications in 2018 and the change in the status of the agreement is likely to have a significant effect on the Turkish business community in the UK leaving a significant number of the community in limbo.

In this event, our keynote speakers will discuss the Home Office’s recent announcement and the impact on the Turkish and Kurdish communities in the UK.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.


Speaker Biographies

Saad Saeed has been working in the legal field for over 16 years. He has been a qualified solicitor for over 10 of those years and a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) for over 6 years. He currently works as a Solicitor for Aman Solicitors Advocates in their Wembley office. Saad specialises in the fields of immigration and employment law. Saad has a keen interest in the Ankara Agreement in the immigration context and has a vast array of experience regarding the Ankara Agreement, having advised numerous individuals about making applications for entry clearance, leave to remain, and indefinite leave to remain. Saad has also represented many individuals in the Tribunals when their applications for leave have been refused. Saad was the instructing solicitor in the case of ZY (Turkey) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 65 and also represented Kadir Ascioglu in the Court of Appeal case of Ascioglu v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1183.

Ozan Askin is a Personal Injury and Civil Litigation Solicitor with over 8 years of applied Legal experience. Askin studied Economics at SOAS, worked for two years at HSBC before moving over into the legal sector and he started his own law firm, Silvine Law in 2017. He used to be a committee member of the main Cemevi and the British Alevi Federation. He received the Lawyer of the Year 2017 award as part of the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards by the Centre for Turkey Studies in October 2017.

Yasar Dogan is a non-practising Barrister and Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in both Civil and Criminal matters. He graduated from University College London (UCL) with an LLB (Honours) Law degree in 2007. In 2008, he was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple, having completed the Bar Vocational Course. In 2011, he cross-qualified as a solicitor and in the same year he was awarded Higher Rights of Audience in both civil and criminal matters qualifying as a Higher Courts Advocate. In June 2017, he founded Redstone Solicitors and is still practising there.

Yasar Dogan specialises in Immigration and Nationality Law. He has provided advice and representation in a wide range of Immigration and Nationality matters including applications under the immigration rules, human rights, the EEA/EU Regulations, the Ankara Agreement and British Nationality legislation. He has a wealth of experience of conducting Immigration, Nationality and Human Rights cases at every level from initial application to appeals to the Immigration Tribunal, judicial reviews at the High Court & Upper Tribunal, appeals to the Court of Appeal and applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

He has a particular interest in the Ankara Agreement, having provided advice and representation in several applications, appeals and judicial reviews involving the Ankara Agreement since 2008. He is currently advising and acting in a number of judicial review cases challenging the legal propositions in the case of Aydogdu v SSHD.

Semira Dilgil is the Head of Private immigration and one of the founding Partners of Ashton Ross Law. She is particularly skilled in all aspects of Turkish migrant immigration and has had over 15 years’ experience in the industry. Semira’s department aims to provide effective bespoke immigration advice and assistance for both individuals and companies. Over the course of her career, Semira has developed an extensive range of high profile contacts within the Turkish community and has provided legal advice and assistance to some of the largest and well- known Turkish companies including those from the legal, oil, gas, financial, textile and investment sectors. The private immigration department covers all areas of private immigration law, from nationality to further leave and indefinite leave to remain visas as well as all stages of appeals. Semira’s specialist areas however involve the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories as well as the ECAA categories (the “Ankara” applications) which apply exclusively to Turkish nationals who wish to enter or remain in the UK in connection with a business. Prior to joining Ashton Ross Law, Semira was a partner of a large city based law firm. She also worked at leading city based immigration practice as a senior consultant.

Aysegul Yesildaglar is currently the Principal of Docklands Academy London, a higher education college based in Canary Wharf, London. She has had her BA degrees in the fields of English Philology and Business Administration. She holds MA degrees in English Language Teaching and European Social Security Law. She worked for Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Turkey in 1988 and served as the Attache for Labour and Social Security in Stockholm, Rotterdam, Brussels and London until May 2010 for a period of 4 years in each secondment. During her post in Brussels and at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Ankara, she expanded her expertise in EU Social Policy Law, the social dimension of Turkey-EU Association Agreement (Ankara) and the judgments of the European Court of Justice on Turkish citizens. She was appointed as the Head of European Coordination Department of the Ministry in 2003, where she was involved in the negotiations between Turkey and EU with respect to the social policy chapter. During her office she pioneered in the introduction and implementation of EU projects in Turkey. She held this post until 2005 when she was seconded to the Turkish Consulate in London, where she provided services and counselling for both Turkish and British citizens in the fields of labour and social security. During her post at the Turkish Consulate in London, she initiated the process of setting up a permanent dialogue platform between Home Office and the Turkish Consulate.

Other speakers TBC.

The views of our speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for Turkey Studies.



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