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There is a range of visas available to overseas companies wanting to travel to the UK for business purposes, and with varying conditions on what is allowed, it is worth the time to carefully check which is the best visa for your company.

What is the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa?

You may also see this visa referred to as a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa or a Sole Representative Visa. You will only be able to apply for this visa if you are from a country outside Switzerland or the EU/EEA.

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa is a longer-term visa forthe sole representative of an overseas business planning to set up either a UK branch or wholly-owned subsidiary.

An overseas company can choose one employee to come to the UK and they will be allowed an initial stay of up to three years to conduct this business.

The Sole Representative Visa has many benefits, but also very strict eligibility requirements, along with restrictions on the representative and what they are allowed to do while in the UK.

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Can a Shareholder of the business become a Overseas Sole Representative?

Yes, the nominated Sole Representative can be a shareholder of the business but cannot hold no more than 50% of the shares.

Is there an minimum investment requirement for the Overseas Sole Representative visa?

There is no investment required for the  Overseas Sole Representative Visa which makes it a popular route for businesses and entrepreneurs wishing to enter the UK market.

What is the duration of the Overseas Sole Representative visa?

The overseas representative visa lasts for three years and can be extended after this for a further two years. After the holder has been in the UK for a total period of five years, they can then apply for permission to settle permanently in the United Kingdom.

What are the requirements to extend the Overseas Sole Representative visa?

In order to make a successful visa extension after 3 years, the applicant must continue to be employed as a senior employee by the company he or she is representing in the UK. The company must show the applicant is still required to be in the UK as part of their expansion plan. The applicant will need to show evidence of financial transactions for the subsidiary in the UK.

Can I bring my dependents with me on the Overseas Sole Representative visa?

Yes, any dependents for the main applicant can enter and settle under the Overseas Sole Representative Visa category. Dependents are able to work and study whilst in the UK.

Can the Overseas Sole Representative Visa lead to a British Passport?

Applicants who have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK as a overseas sole representative will need to show they have remained employed for the whole 5 years. Documents such as P60 and payslips will be sufficient for this. Once the applicant has obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain for 1 year it is possible to apply for naturalisation. The requirements for the applicant to be able to apply for naturalisation are:

Not breached any immigration laws and is of good character.

Not spent more than 450 days outside of the UK

Has passed the English Language Test and Life in the UK Test-

Some of our clients who have already obtained a Sole Representative Visa in the following areas

  • IT Companies
  • Medical & Blockchain
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Financial Services
  • Logistics Companies
  • Investment Services
  • Property

Why instruct Optimus Law

Our business immigration team has extensive experience assisting with the Overseas Sole Representative Visa to help businesses expand into the UK, our lawyers are experts in the immigration rules and will guide you based on your circumstances.

We are exceedingly determined team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration guidance.

We carry out a comprehensive service which will include completing your application, booking your biometric appointment, checking your documents and submitting the reports to the Home Office on your behalf. In addition to this, we will be drafting legal representations to the Home Office arguing how your application meets the Immigration Rules. We will be your first point of contact with the Home Office.

As the company will need to show how they intend to operate their business whilst setting up the new subsidiary in the UK, it may be helpful to include a detailed business plan.

We can assist you with creating and reviewing a business plan that will highlight the businesses key strengths and weaknesses. We will also help you with the Company Registration, Bank Account and any dependent visas as part of the Sole Representative Visa service.

We always seek to build and maintain a professional relationship with our clients, handling all their long-term immigration matters.

Once your presence in the UK has been established and your representative has obtained the Sole Representative Visa, we can advise you on how to recruit employees from overseas. It may be advisable applying for a Sponsor License if you wish to recruit workers from outside the EEA.

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