Nationals of Turkey

Nationals of Turkey gain the right to work or engage in self-employment activity in the UK under EU-Turkey Association Agreement, otherwise known as, Ankara Agreement.

The agreement was signed in 1970 before the UK became a member of the EU. The status of such nationals is currently locked in, which means the UK is not permitted to impose any restrictions against such nationals until the UK remains a member of the EU.

Please note that the status of the Turkish nationals is not of the same standard that currently exists for EEA/Swiss nationals and a number of conditions and restrictions apply for Turkish nationals in the UK.


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