❖ 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
❖ YOU MUST BE:
➢ Recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK.
➢ Have extensive related industry experience and knowledge.
➢ Hold a senior position within the company (but not be a major shareholder) 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.
➢ 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.
HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE
❖ The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.
Example – You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.
❖ You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
HOW LONG YOU CAN STAY
❖ You can come to the UK for an initial period of 3 years.
❖ You may be able to extend your visa for another 2 years.
❖ After you’ve been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK.
❖ WILL NEED TO PROVIDE:
➢ Full description of the parent company’s activities, including details of assets and accounts.
➢ A letter confirming the overseas company will establish a wholly-owned subsidiary or register a branch in the UK in the same business activity as the parent company.
➢ Job description, employment contract and salary details.
➢ Letter confirming you’re familiar with the company and have the power to take operational decisions.
WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO
❖ Work for your employer, full time
❖ Bring your family (‘dependants’) with you to the UK
❖ Extend your visa multiple times
❖ Apply to settle in the UK after you’ve been here for 5 years
❖ Stay in the UK if your company’s circumstances change and you’ve been here for more than 2 years
(for example if they appoint a superior in the UK)
❖ 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
❖ Apply for public funds