Overseas Sole Representative Visa

Overseas companies looking to start a new business branch, a sub-office or a subsidiary can send a senior member of the employee of the company as a sole repetitive of the company to the UK. The parent company should reside outside the country.  An employee of overseas newspapers, broadcasting agencies are eligible for this visa. This visa type allows a senior member of the company to travel to the UK and establish a business branch. His sole responsibilities must be meeting the staff, arranging meetings and opening offices.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Requirements for the employee
  • Must be a resident of outside EEA
  • Must have sufficient funds to survive in the country. Solid proof of residential and family expenditures for you and your family
  • Must be employed by the parent company himself outside the UK
  • Must have English language proficiency 
  • The applicant should not be a major shareholder in the company, must not own more than 50% shares in the parent company
  • The applicant should be a senior employee of the company. The Home office would checkout if you have been making operational decisions at the parent company or not
  • Relevant work track, employment history explaining why you are selected as a sole representative of the subsidiary/branch
  • The sole representative must ensure that he will work only for the designated company’s employee and will not take any other employment no matter what

Requirements for the employee

  • The company must have designated the company’s office outside the UK
  • The overseas company should not already have a company’s office in the UK
  • The UK office must have the same nature of business as the parent company
  • The company must be a registered entity outside the UK and in working condition
  • The new subsidiary must not stop trading outside the UK. The parent company should be in perfect condition to perform

Upon fulfilling all of the above requirements, you will be given residency in the UK for 3 years.

Extension of Residency

An extension of two years can be granted if you fulfill all of the below-mentioned requirements

  • The employee is still an employee of the parent company and required to run the overseas business/subsidiary
  • The parent company is still working and in perfect condition, tom run a business overseas
  • The employee is still able to accommodate himself and his family financially
  • The employee did not opt for any second employment during the time and have not broken any immigration laws
  • You will be granted indefinite leave to remain in the country

Dependents of the Employee

Dependents of the applicant can come and join him in the UK. However, a solid proof of relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificates) is required. The spouse of the employee and children under the age of 18 are eligible.

Benefits Of UK Sole Representative Visa

  • Facility to live, work and study in the UK
  • Visa-free travel to the EU, USA, and other 163 countries
  • Spouses and dependent children under the age of 18 are also eligible for UK residency
  • Opportunity to study in high-end universities of the world
  • Lifetime residency can be transferred to the next generation
  • The benefit of keeping dual citizenship
  • Non-domiciled tax facility