The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa is designed primarily to allow senior executives and managers of an overseas company to enter the UK in order to set up the company's first UK office, branch, or subsidiary. You cannot own more than fifty percent of the business and the main business should remain outside the UK. The UK business area should be in a similar area of business as the overseas business.
The Representative of an Overseas Business visa can also be used by overseas journalists who are posted on long-term assignment to the UK.
Length of stay
This visa is valid for an initial period of 3 years and can be extended for 2 years. Towards the end of 5 years in the UK visa holders can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
Applicants for the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted.
All applicants must meet the English Language requirements:
Scoring at least A1 in English on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), tested by an approved English language test provider. Must be the UKVI version of the test.
Having a university level qualification which was taught in English; this must be equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, and evaluated by UK NARIC
ORNationals of the following countries already meet the English language requirement:
Antigua and Barbuda
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Business representatives applying for this visa must also meet the following conditions:
Already be employed overseas by a company based outside of the UK
Have appropriate industry knowledge and experience to fulfil their role in the UK
Be a senior employee of the overseas company (such as a manager or executive) but not own more than fifty percent of the shares.
Be travelling to the UK in order to establish the company's first UK office, branch, or subsidiary
Journalists applying for this visa must be genuinely employed by an overseas news agency or broadcaster. Apart from the English language requirement, journalists do not need to meet any other eligibility requirements.
Further information, help, and advice
Our team of specialists have years of experience in visa services. We work with clients under Section 84 of the 1999 Immigration Act and can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day.
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