Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa

Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa

Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category is for companies that wish to send a senior employee to the UK to set up a UK branch or commercial presence for the company in the UK.  This visa category allows visa holders the opportunity to obtain Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after 5 years within this visa category.

Requirements for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa

In order to qualify for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa you will need to demonstrate that your overseas company:

  • Is an active and trading overseas business;
  • Will continue to have, its headquarters and principal place of business overseas and intend to maintain the centre of operations overseas;
  • Has no branch, wholly-owned subsidiary or other representative in the UK;
  • Intends to establish a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK that will actively trade in the same type of business as the overseas business and will not be established solely for the purpose of facilitating the entry and stay of the sole representative;

The applicant will also need to demonstrate that they:

  • Are an existing senior employee of the overseas business who has been recruited outside of the UK;
  • Have the skills, experience and knowledge of the company to do the role;
  • Do not have a majority stake in, own or control, the overseas company, whether this is by means of a shareholding, partnership agreement or any other arrangement;
  • Intend to be employed full-time as a representative of the overseas business only, with no engagement in other business’s interest in the UK;

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