Representative of Overseas Business UK
For non-EEA nationals wanting to work in the UK for their company or expand their business into Europe, the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, (sometimes referred to as a Sole Representative Visa) provides a strong solution. This visa allows you to live and work in the UK for three years, and to bring your dependents to the UK where they can work without restriction.
Non-EEA based businesses can take advantage of the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa to establish a presence in Britain to test the market, without the overheads associated with setting up a branch office and hiring local staff.
As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK offers vast opportunities for innovative organisations ready to expand into Europe. For example, the British High Commissioner to India recently stated the UK and India tech industries were a “marriage made in heaven ”. One way to take advantage of the prospects available in Britain is to send a sole representative to ‘dip their toe in the water’, before making a full commitment.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa?
To be eligible for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, you must provide proof that:
- Is an active and trading overseas business
- Has and will continue to have its headquarters and centre of operations based outside the UK
- Intends to open and operate a branch office or wholly owned subsidiary in the UK
The applicant genuinely:
- Was recruited overseas by the parent company
- Is setting up the organisation’s initial presence in the UK
- Has a great deal of experience, skills, and knowledge of the parent company and its industry
- Holds a senior position in the company and can make independent decisions on the parent company’s behalf
- Is not a major shareholder or have any significant control or stakeholding in the business via a partnership agreement or sole ownership
- Has the required knowledge of English
- Has sufficient funds to support themselves and any dependents during their leave to remain
How do I apply for a Sole Representative Visa?
Unless you are from North Korea, your application for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa must be made online. Along with the required documentation, you will also need to supply your biometric details (i.e. fingerprints and photographs). You can have these taken at a local visa application centre.
What documents do I need to provide for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa?
Both you and the company you work for will need to supply a substantial list of documents when applying for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa. Our lawyers can assist you with collating the necessary documents and answer any questions UK Visas and Immigration may have concerning them.
You will need to produce the following:
- Your passport or other valid travel document
- Evidence you can support yourself and your dependents (e.g. bank statements)
- Details of your accommodation in the UK
- Proof of your knowledge of English
- Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
- A complete summary of your organisation, what it does, its assets and liabilities and other accounts
- A letter confirming the company intends to create a wholly-owned subsidiary or branch office in the UK
- Your job description, salary and proof you can make independent decisions on the company’s behalf
- Proof you are employed by the company and are not merely an agent
- Proof you were employed outside the UK and will be working only for the organisation that is sending you to the country
- Evidence that you have the skills, knowledge, and experience required to set up and run a branch office or wholly owned UK subsidiary
What are the advantages of the Sole Representative Visa?
There are several advantages attached to the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, including:
- Sole representatives that operate successfully for the first three years may qualify for an additional two-year visa extension
- After five years, you may qualify for permanent residency
- After six years, you may qualify for British nationality
- You can combine time spent in the UK with other visa categories to qualify for ten-year residency rights.
- Organisations can send a single staff member to the UK to test the market without the need to outlay large amounts of capital
What can I do if my Sole Representative Visa is refused?
If you are refused entry clearance or an extension of a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa you will have the right to an Administrative Review and, potentially, subsequent Judicial Review if the Administrative Review is unsuccessful. Please contact our team who will examine the reasons for your refusal and provide you with the best legal advice and representation.
How we can assist you in applying for a Representation Of An Overseas Business Visa
A Y & J Solicitors has a team of expert immigration lawyers ready to walk you through the process of applying for, and successfully receiving a Sole Representative Visa. We understand the challenges which applicants may face and the extensive documentation which must be supplied. Therefore, we can help you navigate the process to a successful outcome. We are here to help you with each step of bringing your business to the UK.
Yes, you can apply to bring your dependents with you. Dependents are classified as your spouse or partner and/or any children under 18 years. Under the Immigration Rules, your spouse or partner cannot “have a majority stake in, or otherwise own or control, that overseas business, whether that ownership or control is by means of a shareholding, partnership agreement, sole proprietorship or any other arrangement”.
If you are from a country in which English is the main language, you will not need to prove your knowledge of English. These countries are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- the United States of America
Canada is also considered an English-speaking country, however, qualifications from Canadian higher education institutes may not automatically qualify.
If you do not come from one of these countries, you will need to pass an English language test or hold a degree which is:
- A UK Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD
- Awarded by an establishment outside of the UK and is deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD
- Deemed by UK NARIC to meet or exceed the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD in the UK, and is from an educational establishment in a majority English speaking country.
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