As stated in a statement published on the official website of the British government, there is no intention to denounce all the agreements, including the “Agreement on the European Economic Area and the Agreement on Freedom of Passenger Transport between the European Union and Switzerland and the Ankara Agreement”. Turkish nationals have a unique right to enter the UK or apply for residence leave to set up and run their own business. This right derives from the European Community Association Agreement (ECA). This agreement, also known as the Ankara Agreement, dates back to 1973. In other words, the future of the visa has not yet been established, although the British government has announced on its part that the agreement could survive the consequences of a divorce with the European Union. The European Community Association Agreement (ECEA) allows Turkish nationals to settle in the United Kingdom as workers or in an undertaking under the Ankara Agreement. It also allows them to obtain rights of residence in Great Britain. If the applicant successfully completes their visa renewal application, they can stay in the UK as an ECAA Turkish worker. However, an applicant in this category may not apply for permanent maintenance. Ankara`s agreement also does not cover Turkish nationals who entered Britain illegally.
Yes. There has been some turbulence regarding requests for comparison for those living under the Ankara agreement, but the DEAA Annex on immigration rules, introduced in July 2018, makes it clear that Turkish businessmen can settle in the UK (ILR). In accordance with the published guidelines, if the above measures are complied with, a residence permit is granted to applicants for an initial period of twelve months. It is found that applicants are prevented from benefiting from the agreement if they are found to be in breach of UK immigration law. Instead, they are subject to the points-based system. The UK has announced that it will maintain the agreement until 2021, when the transitional period will end, which will lead to an unprecedented increase in visa applications from Turkish nationals in 2020.