Sole Representative of an Overseas Businesses Visa
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The requirements to the representative to be sent 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.
Sole Representative of an Overseas Businesses Visa Overview
An applicant for a UK representative of an overseas business visa 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.
The applicant must have been employed by the overseas company for at least a year and must be fully competent in the field.
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.
The employer applying for a representative of an overseas business visa 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.
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The holder of a sole representative of an overseas business visa 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 sole representative of an overseas business visa 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.
Family members (‘dependants’) can come with the applicant when they come to the UK on this visa. Family members must have a visa if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
The husband, wife or partner cannot come to the UK as a dependant if they own or control a majority of the overseas business the main applicant will be representing.
They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of their application. The application can be submitted both from within and outside the UK.
Children born while you’re in the UK can be added to the visa as dependants.
It must be done if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them.
A full UK birth certificate for each child must be provided, showing the names of both parents.
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