The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa grants a senior employee of an overseas based business to come to the UK to set up and run a UK branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the overseas parent company.
You can apply to come to the UK as a representative of an overseas business if 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
If you are coming to the UK as a sole representative you must:
- Be recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK
- Hold a senior position within the company and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf
- Intend to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the UK, for example a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary
- Do not hold more than 50% of the shares in the business;
- Do not intend to take employment other than for your business;
- Are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level A1 (speaking and listening);
- Can maintain and accommodate yourself and your dependants.
- You may also be eligible if the company has a legal entity in the UK that does not employ staff or transact business.
If your company has been working to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, but it is not yet set up, you can replace a previous sole representative.
Newspaper, news agency or broadcast employees
As an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, you can come to the UK if you’re being posted here on a long-term assignment.
The exact requirements that you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.