Representatives of Overseas Business

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Apply for a Representative of overseas businesses visa

Are you an overseas business representative looking to obtain a Representative of Overseas Visa? If you are looking for affordable UK immigration solicitors in London to assist with your application, Master Legal Services can help. 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.

If you are looking to gain this visa type, continue reading for further information or feel free to contact our office to speak to an expert on 020 8935 5205 or via Whatsapp on 07710987064.

Sole Representative of overseas businesses – The Requirements

The main requirements to the representative you want to send to the UK are as follows:

• be recruited and employed outside the UK by the employer they intend to represent in the UK;

• intend to work full-time for the organisation;

• not intend to take any other employment;

• be applying to be the sole representative in the UK of an overseas employer who intends 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;

• not be a majority shareholder in that overseas business;

• be a senior employee of the overseas company;

• have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the overseas business for the purpose of representing it in the UK;

• obtain entry clearance in this category before arrival in the UK and present it to a border force officer on arrival;

• provide evidence that they can maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds;

• meet the required standard in English language.

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.

Their employer must have:

• its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK;

• no active branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK.

If there is already a branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK, employees must apply under the points-based system.

Majority shareholders in the parent company are not eligible for entry as sole representatives.

Switching. An applicant cannot change (or switch) from another immigration category into the representative of an overseas business category if they are already in the UK, because they must have entry clearance as a representative of an overseas business.

The applicant may be granted indefinite leave to remain if:

• they have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK as a representative of an overseas business or in one of the predecessor categories of overseas media representative or sole representative;

• they have met the requirements of a representative of an overseas business throughout the 5‑year period, which include:

  • being employed throughout the period, for example by providing P60s for the last 5 years and pay slips for the last 3 months;
  • for sole representatives, evidence to show they have established a branch registered as a UK establishment or subsidiary and generated business:
  • their employer must still be actively trading and remain centred overseas.

• can produce a letter from their employer which certifies they are still needed to do the job they were first granted leave for;

• can demonstrate knowledge of English language and life in the UK, unless they are exempt.

Dependants. A representative of an overseas business may bring, or be joined by, their spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner, dependent children.

Representative of overseas businesses Visas – How Can We Help?

At Master Legal Services we have extensive experience in processing and organising Sole Representative Visa applications.