The Turkish Businessperson visa allows Turkish nationals to enter the UK in order to set up a new business, or help run an existing one.

Length of stay

This visa is issued for an initial period of 1 year, and can be extended for another 3 years.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants for the Turkish businessperson visa must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted. All applicants must:

  • Be a Turkish national 
  • Prove that they have the intention and means to establish or help run a viable business 
  • Prove that they have sufficient funds to establish or help run the business 
  • Prove that their income from the business will be enough for them to live on; holders of this visa may not work another job 
  • Prove that they can support any family members (dependents) also included on the application

Applicants who wish to join an existing businesses in the UK must also prove:

  • That they will have an active and essential role in running the business


Turkish businessperson visa applicants must supply several documents with their application. These include:

  • Current passport and/or other travel documents 
  • A separate passport photograph, with the applicant’s name on the back 
  • Proof of maintenance funds for themselves and any family members 
  • Details of their living costs: tenancy/mortgage agreements, utility bills, banks statements, and so on 
  • Documents relating to any state benefits they have received in the UK 
  • A clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office’s TB testing list.
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