Representative of an Overseas Business visa

Representative of an Overseas Business visa

Overview

You can apply as a representative of an overseas business if you’re either:

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

You must also meet the other eligibility requirements.

How long it will take

If you apply from outside the UK, the earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

Fees

If you apply from outside the UK, a Representative of an Overseas Business visa costs £610.

If you apply from inside the UK, you’ll need to pay:

  • £704 for the visa
  • £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken

What you can and cannot do

You can:

You cannot:

  • work for yourself or any other business
  • stay in the UK if the sole representative arrangement is ended by your employer
  • switch to this visa from any other visa category
  • get public funds