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UK Turkish Worker Visa - ICS Legal

 Turkish Worker Visa 

The Turkish Worker Visa allows Turkish nationals who have legally worked in the UK, the option of applying to extend their stay in the UK to live and work. Applicants can apply for a Turkish Worker visa if they have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year as either the spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working in the UK; a holder of a work permit allowing work in the UK; or a student allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during vacation periods.

Turkish Worker Visa Basic Requirements

To apply applicants must be a Turkish national who have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year and have worked for the same employer for the period quoted in their application.

Applicants can’t apply for this visa if they have broken any immigration laws while in the UK. Instead, such applicants may need to apply for another work visa.

Turkish Worker Visa Entitlements

Applicants who are granted a Turkish Worker Visa are allowed to live and work in the UK for a term of up to 4 years. There is no processing fee for this visa and applicants must apply from within the UK before their current permission to stay expires.

Successful applicants will be free to undertake any type of employment throughout their stay in the UK. Applicants can include their dependents on this extension if they’re already in the UK and include their partner and children and applicants can switch into this category from another visa.

You can apply for permission to stay in the UK as a Turkish Worker if you’re a Turkish national and have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year as:

  • the spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working in the UK

  • a holder of a work permit allowing you to work in the UK

  • a student allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacation periods

How long you can stay

The length of time you can stay and what job you can do depends on how long you’ve legally worked in the UK.

How long you’ve worked in the UK

Length of permission to be in the UK

What you can do

1 to 3 years

Up to 2 years

Continue to work for the same employer

3 to 4 years

Up to 1-year

Change employer, but in the same occupation

4+ years

Up to 3 years

Work in any occupation for any employer

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