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Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
Overseas companies who wish to establish a presence, or expand their business within the UK, can achieve this by sending a senior employee to the UK using the Sole Representative Visa.
General Requirements for the Overseas Business
Must be a genuine commercial enterprise
Must continue to trade overseas.
The company’s HQ and principal place of business must remain outside the UK.
The UK branch or subsidiary must operate in the same type of business activity as the overseas business.
Sole Representative Criteria
The Sole Representative must be a senior employee recruited outside the UK and have extensive related industry experience. The Sole Representative must have full authority to make all operational decisions on behalf of the overseas company in the UK.
The Sole Representative must not be the majority shareholder in the parent company. Shareholdings in excess of 35% in the parent company are likely to be scrutinized rigorously.
Sole Representative Visa Duration
If successful, the Sole Representative and their accompanying family members will be granted a visa for 3 years and 4 months.
This visa may be extended for a further two years provided the sole representative is still required by the overseas business and the business is commercially viable. The Sole Representative may apply for permanent residence after 5 years residence in the UK.
Ability to include dependents – spouse/partner and children under 18.
Secure British Citizenship after 6 years law residence in the UK.
Access to the UK’s world-class health care and education systems.
Once the new UK entity has started trading, they may apply for a Sponsor License. Once a Sponsor License has been granted they may be able to bring other key staff members to the UK through the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer route.
Sterling Immigration will communicate your business challenges persuasively through a professionally prepared business plan demonstrating how the Sole Representative will establish the UK Branch and the benefits this will bring to the UK. We will guide you through the copious requirements of the UK immigration rules and draft persuasive legal submissions in support of the application to ensure a successful outcome.
Additionally, our dedicated Inward Investment team can provide a host of services according to your needs including company formation, office search, accounting, tax advice and post-landing support.