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A Turkish friend would like to come to work in England, does any one know how possible this would be?

Would he have to apply for visa first or get a job offer and then apply?

Any idea of the cost and if it is possible how long it would take to sort out?

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Hi Yellowcat.

These days it is almost impossible for a non European to work in the UK. Employers apply for the work permits and they must have a license from the UK Border Agency before they apply for a worker. The only jobs non Europeans can do are those on the Shortage Occupation List http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/workingintheuk/shortageoccupationlistnov11.pdf

All non Europeans must also meet the criteria of the Points Based System http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/.

Turkish nationals can apply to enter or stay in the UK if they want to establish themselves in business, Under the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey,

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/turkish/business/

You don't say what your friend wants to work as. To be honest he may find it hard to get just to get a visit visa .

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His experience is working as a waiter and working in casinos.

So it does not look like he would be able to get a visa, I suspected that would be the case.

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Your friend might be able to get in under the "Ankara Agreement" ...... but I think it's very iffy. He should google it under "Ankara Antlasmasi"). Some law firms in the UK (with Turkish workers) advertise it. Your friend may need to see one of these people in Turkey ...... good luck ! (But don't get his hopes up too much). :)

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I did have a look at Ankara Agreement visas, as far as I can tell that is for Turks wanting to establish a business in the UK.

I dont think that is something he would be able to do.

As you say it looks as though he will have to stay in Turkey for now.

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Some "tricky" things go on within the Ankara agreement. Some Turks in the UK who run their own businesses often sponsor "relatives" to come over & help out in the "family business". If he knows anyone like this in the UK, there may be a chance (I've heard a lot of this kind of thing happening). Apparently it's not illegal.

But as I said, it's very "iffy" ! I do recommend your friend to speak to some of these people to find out more....... good luck to him ! Posted Image

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Meral once the Turkish business is set up in the UK there is no route for the Turkish business owner to bring friends and family to work for them.

In fact the business has to abide by the UKBA rules if they wanted to bring a Turkish worker they would have to register with UKBA and bring only people who fit the criteria of shortage occupations or employ Europeans.

The Ankara Agreement route is not just iffy its very difficult. There is no way a barman/casino worker would fit the criteria for entry to the UK.

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Thanks Aston -- I've heard Turks saying they know of people who have come by this route -- importing "family members" to help out in their "family business". Some of the adverts by Turkish immigration firms in the Turkish-language newspapers papers here (Londra, Olay, Haber, Avrupa, Turkish Independent News & others) are also very suggestive of this. I couldn't be sure how they get around it (or maybe they are just sounding off?).

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I don't know Meral how they would come. The so called immigration lawyers in Turkey are often, in my opinion, hustlers . The only way I can think is that the Turks come as family visitors to the UK and when they are in the UK , they "invest" in the family business which would allow them to stay as a partner/director etc.

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That sounds feasible, Aston. In any case, it seems a dodgy practice -- maybe an unintended loophole ? Certainly there a a lot of unskilled Turkish workers slaving away in kebab shops & ethnic supermarkets, doing jobs that locals could do --- must've got here somehow. Posted Image

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My husband and I have just been through this. We began the process recently, my husband found a job on an English website looking for Turkish workers in a Hotel in Manchester. He did a application form online, they sent him an official application. He had to send a copy to the hotel and they provided a link to the immigration office for Tier 2 visa. The hotel then sent an email saying they where processing his 3 year contract agreement to sign. In the meantime the immigration sent him an application form for the points based system to see if he is eligible for a visa. We are now awaiting a response from both parties so fingers crossed all will work out well. birgits_coffee%5B1%5D.gif

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