Successful application forentry clearance to the UK as a sole representative of an overseas businessand dependants of a sole representative of an overseas business

Successful application for entry clearance to the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business and dependants of a sole representative of an overseas business

On August 20, 2021 | In Sole Representative Visa | By A Y & J Solicitors

Background

Mrs C was a senior employee of an overseas company that wanted to open a wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK to promote its services, and the company selected Mrs C as the sole representative of its wholly-owned subsidiary. Therefore, Mrs C approached us seeking our help with her application.

How we helped

Generally speaking, to apply as a sole representative, Mrs C must prove that she has been recruited and employed outside the UK by an active and trading business (whose headquarters and principal place of business are, and will remain, outside the UK); she has the skills, experience and knowledge to do the role; holds a senior position within the business (but do not own or control the majority of it) and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf; intends to establish the overseas business’s first commercial presence in the UK, either as a registered branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary.

We prepared a comprehensive checklist outlining all the documents required and provided Mrs C with the relevant templates she needed. We helped Mrs C to gather the documents to prove that she was recruited and employed as a senior employee by the overseas company; Mrs C had relevant skills, experience and knowledge. We also gathered documents in relation to the company’s trading and shareholding to prove that Mrs C was not a shareholder of the company and the genuineness of the application. When we were reviewing Mrs C’s evidence of employment, we came across that the salary paid into her account didn’t match her salary as shown on her payslip. It was a serious problem because the Home Office could refuse the application due to the genuineness. We spoke to Mrs C and her employer regarding the issue and helped them to draft a letter explaining why there was a discrepancy based on their explanation.

We also helped Mrs C’s husband to collect the mandatory documents for his application.

Result

We helped Mrs C, and her husband with the submission of their applications and booked an appointment for their biometrics enrolment. A few weeks later, the Home Office invited Mrs C to conduct an interview. Based on our experience, we listed all the potential questions that the Home Office might ask and helped Mrs C to prepare for her interview. We had a few mock interviews with her before her actual interview with the Home Office. Eventually, the Home Office accepted the submission and granted the visa to Mrs C and her husband a few months after her interview with the Home Office.

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