The sole representative of an overseas business visa is for companies who are operating successfully overseas that have an interest in opening a branch or subsidiary in the UK.

You can apply to come to the UK as a representative of an overseas business if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and you’re either:

  • the sole representative of an overseas company planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company
  • an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK

The sole representative must also meet the other eligibility requirements, including the preparation of business planning documentation.

Sole Representative Elgibility Requirements

A sole representative of an overseas business must meet certain conditions for the UK Home Office to consider their application in the representative of an overseas business category.

They must:

  • 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 the English language

The overseas company must have:

  • its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK
  • no active branch, subsidiary or another representative in the UK

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

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