This guidance provides an overview of the UK visa from Turkey in 2020, especially for Turkish citizens applying for the UK tourist, family and business visitor visa for the very first time. Accordingly, provides the details of UK visa application fees in Turkish Lira (₺) and US$, priority service, TLSContact added value services and processing time from Turkey. Moreover, also explains: how to apply for a UK visitor visa online application from Turkey and the supporting documents requirements for Turkish citizens.
UK Visa from Turkey for Turkish Citizens 2020
Indeed, approximately, more than 120K Turkish citizens apply for UK visa from Turkey every year. As a matter of fact, usually, more than 80% of applicants apply for the UK visit visa from Turkey. For instance, in 2018 the share of UK visitor visas was 81.98% in the total visas issued to Turkish nations. However, empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Turkey is less than 10%.
UK Visa Fees from Turkey 2020
Indeed, the fees for Turkish citizens is different for different types of applications. Quite clearly, the Home Office normally revises the application charges only one time during the year. Therefore, the charges in GBP usually remain the same during the year. Nevertheless, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the UK Visa charges in Turkish Lira (₺) may vary during the year. Furthermore, the exchanges rate used for computing application charges in this post is ₺6.85 to a US$.
In fact, Turkish nationals applying for UK visa need to pay the online application charges in US Dollars. However, most of the applicants like to know an approximate equivalent in Turkish Lira (₺). Therefore, this post provides the details of the latest UK visa cost from Turkey in 2020: Price in Turkish Lira and US Dollars.
Standard Visitor Visa Fees
Apparently, Turkish nationals can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from Turkey. Perhaps, the most common and popular application for tourism, family and business visits is for 6 months standard visitor visa. In fact, usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multi-entry visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees in Turkish Lira is ₺850 ($124). Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visa as England or London visit visa from Turkey. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees from Turkey for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application is ₺3,220, ₺5,843 and ₺7,330, respectively. Moreover, the UK visa price for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.
Furthermore, the additional charges for priority service from Turkey are ₺1,960. Therefore the UK visitor visa fees from Turkey for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is ₺2,810, ₺5,180, ₺7,803 and ₺9,290, respectively.
The UK non-settlement visa processing time from Turkey for a great majority (90-95%) of the non-settlement visa applications is usually within 15 working days. However, the UK priority visa timelines from Turkey is normally 5-7 working days for a straightforward case. Indeed, only a very few non-settlement visa applications from Turkey take more than 30 working days. For instance, in Jan 2020, nearly 97% of the visitor, Tier 4 student and Tier 5 work visa applications from Istanbul, Turkey, processed within 10-15 working days.
Moreover, all the Tier 2 work visa applications from Istanbul decided within 30 working days. And 96% of the EEA family permit applications from Istanbul processed within 30 working days or 6 six weeks. Likewise, in Jan 2020, nearly all the long term, general tourist and family visitor visa applications from Ankara, Turkey, processed within 15 working days. Furthermore, most of the non-settlement visa applications from Antalya, Busra, Gaziantep and Izmir are usually processed within 10-15 working days.
Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from Turkey might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing.
What if the UK visa application gets refused from Turkey?
Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Turkey is moderately low i.e. 8-9%. Therefore, 9 out of 10 UK visa applications by Turkish citizens are usually successful! Nevertheless, after a refusal decision, an applicant can either reapply or challenge a refusal decision by filing an appeal, administrative review or judicial review. Please note: there is no right of appeal against the refusal of visitor visa. However, a Turkish passport holder has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.
Moreover, during 2016-18 the total number of decisions made on the UK visa applications from Turkey hovers in the range of 117-126K. Although, the number of decisions jumped from 117K in 2016 to 126K in 2017; however, in 2018 the number of decisions came down to 124K. Nevertheless, the number of grants to Turkish nationals in 2018 (111K) remained higher than that during 2016 (107K). Indeed, the UK visa success rate from Turkey has slightly decreased in 2018 from 91.04% to 89.94%. Therefore, during the 2016-18 period, the UK visa refusal rate from Turkey has increased from 8.62% to 9.85%.
- Visitor Visa: 91,047
- Transit: 119
- Short-Term Study: 12,182
- Family Settlement: 810
- Dependant joining or accompanying: 1,383
- EEA Family Permit: 564
- PBS Tier 1: 898
- PBS Tier 2: 1,007
- Tier 4 Student: 2,547
- PBS Tier 5: 626
- Non-PBS Domestic Worker: 56
- Non-PBS Other permit-free employment (Main apps): 35
- Other permit-free employment not allocated (Main apps): 7
- Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 1
- Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 7
- Other temporary visas: 517
UK Visitor Visa Fees from Turkey 2020
|Visit Visa Fees for 6 months||₺850
|2 Year Visit Visa Cost||₺3,220
|5 Year Visit Visa||₺5,843
|10 Year UK Visa Fees||₺7,330
|Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||₺1,692
|Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||₺1,692
|Marriage Visitor Visa||₺850
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days||₺850
|Chinese Tour Group (ADS)||₺850
|Short-Term Study (up to 6 months) for adult and child||₺863
|Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||₺1,658
|Direct Airside Transit (DATV)||₺315
|Visitor in Transit visa||₺569
|Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applicable to the Isle of Man)||₺569
|Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)||₺4,603
Evidently, the UK visa fees from Turkey in 2020 is ₺13,577 for a spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner settlement applications. Moreover, the UK embassy visa fees in Turkey are same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. However, the UK priority settlement visa fees for Turkish Citizens 2020 are ₺5,110 for fast tracking spouse applications within 30 working days or 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks from Turkey. Accordingly, the UK spouse visa fees from Turkey with priority settlement service is ₺18,687.
UK Spouse Visa Processing Time from Turkey
Perhaps, the spouse settlement visa timeline from Turkey is mostly within 60-90 working days. Apparently, the priority settlement visa processing time for a straightforward application is 30 working days or 6 weeks. However, for complex applications, the processing time may be more than 90-120 working days! Moreover, most of the Turkish citizens applying for a spouse visa are opting for priority visa as nearly 70-75% of the family settlement applications from Turkey are processed within 30 working days.
During 2018, as many as 810 Turkish nationals get the UK family visa with the following breakup:
- Partner i.e. UK visa for Turkish husband or wife- 695
- Child- 42
- Child (for immediate settlement)- 2
- Other- 71
Moreover, 1,383 Turkish nationals get a visa as a dependant partner (683), child (699) and other (1) to join or accompany their family members in the UK during 2018.
UK Family Settlement Visa Fees from Turkey 2020
|Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child||₺13,577
|Settlement – other dependant relative||₺28,975
|Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||₺28,975
|Settlement – refugee dependant relative||₺3,460
|Former UK Armed Forces||₺13,577
|Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)||₺13,577
|Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas||₺13,577
|HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces||₺13,577
|Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)||Free of Charge|
|Post flight- Non- Settled person (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||₺13,577
|Family reunion – other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers)||₺3,460
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EEA Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EUSS Family Permit||Free of Charge|
|Parent / primary carer of an EEA national child||Free of Charge|
EEA Family Permit
- Innovator visa has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur
- Start-up visa has replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
- Global Talent visa has replaced Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
Moreover, a CESC discount of £55 is applicable for the main applicant.
Start-up and Innovator categories, which were introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent category which was introduced on 20 February 2020
|Global Talent – Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant||₺4,069
|Global Talent – Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant||₺1,356
|Global Talent – subsequent application||₺5,418
|Global Talent – dependants||₺5,418
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
|Tier 1 Investor – main applicant and dependants||₺14,467
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur – main applicant and each dependants||₺9,103
|Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only||₺3,233
|Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only||₺5,418
|Tier 1 General – dependants only||₺9,103
|Post Study Work (PSW) – dependants only||₺5,384
Tier 2 Skilled Workers
Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in Turkey. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from Turkey is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in Turkish Lira. Please note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. Moreover, the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 2 and Tier 5 application fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70 (£55) applies to PBS main applicants.
|Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less||₺5,438
|Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more||₺10,878
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or less||₺4,137
|Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or more||₺8,274
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or less||₺5,438
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more||₺10,878
|Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT)||₺4,295
|Tier 2 Minister of Religion||₺5,438
Tier 4 Student Visa
- PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps)- 2,224
- Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)- 121
- PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps) – 202
Indeed, the Tier 4 student visa fees from Turkey are ₺3,027 ($442). Moreover, the application fee is the same for entry clearance as a student to enter the Bailiwick of Guernsey or Bailiwick of Jersey. The UK visa fees from Turkey for a Tier 4 student application with priority service is ₺4,987 ($728) i.e. application charges ₺3,027 ($442) plus the priority service cost ₺1,960 ($286). Furthermore, the UK Tier 4 visa processing time from Turkey is fairly quick as nearly all the applications usually decide within 2-3 weeks or 10-15 working days. However, the UK student visa processing time with priority service in Turkey is normally within 5 working days or one week!
Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa
Other Non-PBS Work Visa
|Representatives of overseas businesses||₺4,603
|An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation||₺4,603
|UK Ancestry Visa||₺4,603
|Turkish businessperson and dependants||Free of Charge|
|Overseas domestic worker in a private household||₺4,603
|Fisherman operating inside UK waters||₺4,603
Priority and Premium Services
Indeed, an applicant can fast track a visa application from Turkey by purchasing the priority service. The cost of priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) visa service in Turkey is ₺1,960 ($286) and ₺5,110 ($746), respectively. Moreover, the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in Turkey is ₺8,521 ($1,244). However, the super-priority service is yet to initiate in Turkey. Please note: a great majority of applicants erroneously refer to UK priority visa service as premium or express visa.
Who May Use Priority Visa Service from Turkey?
If an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the additional charges then it is advisable to opt for the priority services. Indeed, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision. Therefore, if you are purchasing the fast track service for merely influencing the decision then please don’t do so!
Please note, a straightforward application means that the credentials of the applicant are immaculate, without any past refusals and adverse immigration history. Moreover, a few years ago, the UK visa online application form does not have the option for payment of priority service. Accordingly, an applicant needed to purchase the priority service separately. However, presently, most of the applicants pay for the priority and super-priority visa fee at the time of finalising the online application form. Therefore, only a few applicants opt for paying the priority and super service fee separately from TLS.
Does the Priority Service Guarantee Anything?
The priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. In fact, the additional payment even does guarantee a quick decision. Nevertheless, the UKVI usually does the needful to expedite the processing of priority applications. If the priority visa does not process within 5 working days the UKVI may inform an applicant- perhaps, via email.
How many Turkish Citizens use the Priority Service?
During Jan 2020, the UK visa processing time from Istanbul, Turkey, indicates that nearly 40% of the business visitors use the priority service. However, not more than 15-20% of family visitors used the priority service. Therefore, the priority service is more popular amongst the business visitors from Turkey. Moreover, during Jan 2020, nearly 60% of the business visitor visa applications from Ankara, Turkey, processed within 5 working days. However, only 30% of family and general (tourist) visa applications from Ankara processed within 5 working days. Accordingly, this also indicates that business visitors from Ankara are more likely to opt for the priority service.
|Priority service for settlement applications||₺5,110
|Priority service for non-settlement||₺1,960
|Super Priority Service – Not Available as yet in Turkey||₺8,521
|International contact centre – via telephone (per minute)||₺14
|International contact centre – via email (per query)||₺48
|Registered Traveller Service – Adult||₺445
|Registered Traveller Service – Child||₺212
|Registration of new documents||₺178
Charges for Other Visas and Services
|HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control (non-settlement)||Free of charge|
|Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces (non-settlement)||₺4,603
|FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects||Free of charge|
|Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories||₺1,260
|Vignette Transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport)||₺1,370
|Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||₺1,370
|User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC)||₺493
|Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode)||₺3,460
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)||₺1,267
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK
- Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
- Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
- Official Transit through the UK
- Official Visit to the UK
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How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa from Turkey?
- Specify the Purpose of Visiting the UK
- Fill the Online Application Form
- Schedule an Appointment
- Pay the Application Fees
- Upload/Prepare the Documents Bunch
- Biometrics at UKVAC
- Wait for the Decision
- Passport Collection from UKVAC
1. Specify the Purpose
Please note: a Turkish national can apply for a UK visitor visa application 3 months prior to the intended visit. For instance, if a Turkish passport holder wishes to visit the UK for tourism from Feb 15, 2020, to 5 March 2020, then can submit an application at the UKVAC from Nov 15, 2019, onwards. However, Turkish citizens usually submit a UK visitor visa application 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled visit as the processing time for most of the applications from Turkey is within 10-15 working days!
2. Fill the Online Application Form
3. Schedule an Appointment
4. Pay the Application Fees
5. Upload/Prepare the Documents Bunch
7. Wait for the Decision
8. Passport Collection
Supporting Documents Checklist
- Print out of the UK visa online application form
- Current valid passport
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
- Invitation letter, if applicable
- Residential address in Turkey
- Telephone or mobile number
- Business/Employer details
- Tax registration certificate
- Tax returns
- Bank statements
- Salary slips (for employed persons)
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Family certificate, if applicable
- Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in Turkey
- Ownership of assets such as residential, commercial, agricultural property
- A UK address for staying during the visit
Please note, a foreign resident living in Turkey can also apply if he/she holds a valid residence permit.
TLSContact Centres in Turkey
An applicant needs to attend an appointment at the following application centres in Turkey for submitting the application form with supporting documents:
- Adana TLS application centre – Adana Ticaret Odasi, Karasoku Mahallesi Abidinpaşa Caddesi No: 22 Seyhan/Adana, Adana Province
- Ankara TLS application centre – Sheraton Business Centre, Bogaz Sokak, Kavaklidere, Ankara 06700
- Antalya TLS application centre – Antalya Ticaret ve Sanayi Odasi, Göksu Mahallesi, Gazi Bulvari No: 481, Kepez/ Antalya, Turkey
- Bursa TLS application centre – Sheraton Bursa Hotel, Odunluk Mahallesi, Akpınar Caddesi, 16110 Nilufer, Bursa, Turkey
- Gaziantep TLS application centre – Muammer Aksoy Bulvari, Hüseyin İncioglu Cad. No.34/B, Sehitkamil, Gaziantep, Turkey
- Istanbul TLS application centre – Profilo AVM, Cemal Sahir Cad, Kat 4 No.138/A, Mecidiyekoy, Istanbul
- Izmir TLS application centre – Aksoy Plaza, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Caddesi No:152, Kat:2 Daire:201-A Alsancak / Izmir, 35220
TLS Connect Added Value Services in Turkey
Apparently, the TLS Connect is providing the following added value service for UK visa applicants in Turkey:
- Assisted Service (GBP23.60/TRL165.00) is for document scanning and uploading. An applicant needs to make an onsite payment for Assisted Service i.e. at the UKVAC
- Express Courier Return Service (TRL 125.00) is for passport delivery to the applicant after application processing
- Premium Lounge (TRL 590.00) is an exclusive service, which also provides for flexible scheduling and assistance. Moreover, for availing the premium lounge service in Turkey, an applicant needs to make payment at the TLS application centre
- Flexi Appointment (TRL 500) enables an applicant to walks in for submitting the application without any prior appointment
- Keep My Passport (TRL 380) enables an applicant to keep passport during application processing
- Prime Time Appointment (TRL 560) is for submitting a visa application after the business hours. Apparently, the service is for businesspersons and corporate executives, who due to business and profession may not have time during the office hours may visit the UKVAC for submitting their application document. Nevertheless, it is not as popular as the Premium Lounge service
- Form Filling Assistance Service (TRL 415) enables applicants to get help from the staff of the UKVAC to complete their online application form. Indeed, it is for less literate people, who don’t have the knowledge or access to the computing facility. Certainly, the staff of any UKVAC are not qualified to give advice. Therefore, it is merely a Form Filling service rather than Immigration Advisory Service. Moreover, the price of service is quite low, which in itself indicates the limited scope of the service
- Group Service (TRL 415) enables all members of a group to apply at the same time
On-Demand Mobile Visa Service
Apparently, the service enables an applicant to apply without going to UKVAC. In fact, the staff of UKVAC visit an applicant’s home or office for application submission and biometrics. Therefore, the on-demand mobile visa service is a very expensive service. And is only for ultra-rich people. Accordingly, the service cost GBP 413 (approx ₺3,064.46) per applicant. And the payment is only through Bank transfer.
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