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Sole Representative of Overseas Business Via

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category is for businesses that would like to send a senior employee to the UK in order to establish a commercial presence for the company in the UK. You will need to have a genuine business which is based outside of the UK and hold not more than 50% of the shares in the business.


In order to qualify for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that your overseas company:

  • Is a genuine, trading business;

  • Has no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK;

  • Intends to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK, operating in the same type of business as the overseas business;

  • You are an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation who is being posted on a long-term assignment as a representative of your overseas employer.

  • Intends to maintain the centre of its operations overseas.

You will also need to demonstrate that you:

  • Are a senior employee in the business;

  • Have been recruited outside of the UK;

  • Have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the business;

  • Do not hold more than 50% of the shares in the business;

  • Intend to be employed full time as a representative of that overseas business

  • Do not intend to take employment other than for your business.

Duration of Visa:

Your initial Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa will normally be valid for 3 years, after which time you will be able to extend your stay for a further two years.

After five years in the UK as a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business, you may be eligible to apply for settlement.

Your partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany or join you as your dependents.

You will not be able to work for any business other than the business that you represent in the UK.

If you wish to obtain advice or legal assistance in respect of your immigration matter, we offer an affordable and confidential consultation at a fixed fee with and experienced immigration lawyer where we can answer your questions and explain the processes that will apply. Your consultation fees will be set off against your instructions to the firm if you go on to instruct us.

For more information or to book an initial consultation, please contact us

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