Up until 16 March 2018, Turkish nationals had the right to start a business in the UK with the ability to settle in the UK after four years.

On 16 March 2018, the Home Office announced that they will no longer accept settlement applications made under this category, with immediate effect. They’ve applied the changes retrospectively to those already in the category – without notice or transitional arrangements.

Roughly 12,500 people, who moved their families and invested in the UK with the expectation that they would be eligible to apply for settlement in four years’ time, are now in a state of limbo.

We are a group of Turkish businesspeople who have been affected by the recent changes to settlement rules for our visa category. We believe applying these retrospectively to existing visa holders is unlawful and extremely unfair.

Our mission is to challenge these changes on behalf of all Turkish businesspeople who are currently within the Turkish businessperson visa category and are now unable to apply for settlement.


Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople LTD is a registered limited by guarantee company in England and Wales. Company Number: 11368987