Representative of overseas businesses – Sole Representative
This visa category is for individuals who will be tasked by an overseas company to set up branch or subsidiary of the company here in the UK.
The applicant must have been recruited and employed outside the UK by the company they intend to represent in the UK. The applicant must be a senior employee of the overseas company and must intend to work full-time for the company you set up in the UK. The applicant must also not be a majority shareholder in the overseas business.
An applicant will have to evidence that they and their company intend to establish and operate a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of that overseas business in the UK and that branch or subsidiary will operate in the same type of business activity as the overseas business.
This category cannot be switched into; it will have to be an entry clearance application. Evidenced of maintenance will need to be provided but there are no specific maintenance figures. There are also English language requirements that an applicant must satisfy.