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United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal has approved the request of a group of Turkish businesspeople to appeal a decision from the country’s High Court regarding a case it filed in objection to changes made to the Ankara Agreement, the group announced on Tuesday.

Prior to March 2018, the Ankara Agreement enabled Turkish nationals who maintained businesses in the UK to obtain free, permanent residence permits after they had lived in the country for four years. The changes lengthened the period of stay to five years, and made the cost of the application 2,389 pounds. The Home Office also suddenly stopped accepting permanent residence applications after the changes to the Ankara Agreement were made in 2017.

“The Court of Appeal has just granted us permission to appeal the High Court’s judgement. We will have our case heard at the Court of Appeal at a date that’s not yet announced,” said the Alliance of Turkish Business People (AOTB) in a tweet on Tuesday.

“The Court of Appeal has just granted us permission to appeal the High Court’s judgement. We will have our case heard at the Court of Appeal at a date that’s not yet announced,” said the Alliance of Turkish Business People (AOTB) in a tweet on Tuesday.

The AOTB, which was formed in opposition to the amendments in the Ankara Agreement, took legal action against Home Office in March of this year, but the High Court ruled against their favor in June.

“We hope that the High Court will replace its unjust ruling with a fair and equitable ruling that will put an end to this aggrievement,” said AOTB’s lawyer Yaşar Doğan in a statement on Tuesday.