The Representative of an overseas business route also known as Sole Representative of an overseas business is an immigration route particularly designed for individuals who are either looking to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary or registering a UK branch of an overseas parent company. This immigration route is equally suitable for individuals who have been posted on a long-term assignment to the UK by their employer as an overseas worker. A major consideration with Sole Representative Visa is that the applicant must be recruited outside the UK by an overseas company whose principal place of business is not within the UK.
The prospective sole rep must be able to demonstrate extensive industry-related experience and knowledge.
The prospective representative on an overseas business must have been recruited and employed by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business is outside the UK. It must be taken into account that the company must have no subsidiary, branch, or another representative in the UK.
The perspective solo rep must hold a senior position with the overseas company and hold full authority to take an operational decision on the company’s behalf.
The applicant must show the intention to establish the company’s first commercial presence as a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK.
The applicant must not accept employment in the UK except for the overseas company.
The applicant must meet the maintenance requirements.
The prospective sole rep must meet the English Language Requirements.
Knowledge of English language
The candidate must prove knowledge of the English Language by passing an approved English Language Test with CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening or having an academic qualification recognized by UK NARIC which is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or master’s degree or Ph.D.
The prospective sole rep must provide:
a current passport or other valid travel identification documents,
evidence to support themselves and other dependents during the trip.
details of accommodation during the stay.
evidence to support the English requirement.
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Certified translation in the form of passports, photocard driving licenses, letters from a government department, credit card statements, council tax bills, or letters from a hospital/doctor signed and dated by a professional person like an immigration solicitor.
When applying for a sole representative of an overseas business, one needs to submit:
A detailed description of the business’s activities
A letter confirming the overseas business intending to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary or register a branch in the UK with the same business activity as it runs in the overseas.
A full job description, employment contract, and salary details.
Evidence supporting the business familiarity of the candidate and authority to take operational decisions.
The candidate must also offer evidence to show:
Direct employment with the business
Recruitment to the business outside of the UK
Senior position in the business with authority to make an operational decision
Working for the business or subsidiary full-time for the duration of your stay.
Do not control a majority of the overseas business.
The applicant must keep a close eye on the Representative of an Overseas Business Guidance before applying for a Sole Rep visa. The candidate must apply online for a Representative of an Overseas Business Area. The candidate must hold fingerprints and photograph also known as biometric information taken at the visa application centre as a part of the application. Also, learn how to get faster visa decisions.
Extension of Sole Rep Visa
Extension of Sole Rep Visa is possible if:
The applicant continues to work for the same employer in the same job as the entry clearance was earlier granted.
The applicant still continues to work full-time for the employer.
The employer’s principal place of business still continues to be outside of the UK.
The applicant still continues to meet the maintenance requirements.
The applicant continues to work as a senior employee with full authority to take operational decisions.
The applicant provides evidence in receipt of a salary from the employer for the last 12 months along with confirmation of how salary is being paid during the duration.
The applicant is still needed by the employer.
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Applicant’s family members which include husband, wife, partner or child under 18 years of age can come with the applicant to the UK on this Representative of an Overseas Business Area if they are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. If the dependents are applying from outside the UK, they can apply online. They will need to have fingerprints and photograph taken at the visa application centre as a considerable part of the application. Similarly, the dependents can also apply to extend or switch their visas online if they are already in the UK. However, one must take into consideration that the members of the applicant’s family cannot apply for the dependents if they hold a visitor visa.
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