The Representative of an Overseas Business visa route is designed for non-UK companies wishing to set up a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK. With this visa, overseas businesses are able to send one of their senior employees to the UK to act as a sole representative of the businesses in the UK.
To be eligible for the Representative visa, your chosen employee must meet a set of requirements put forward by the UK Home Office, such as:
Additionally, the Representative must have sufficient funds to support themselves without help from UK public funds and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language.
There are a number of requirements that both the overseas business and its intended sole representative in the UK must satisfy. Please see our breakdown of the essential requirements below.
The business must:
The representative must:
The above list of requirements is not exhaustive. Please consult an immigration solicitor to make sure your company and intended representative meet the UK government’s requirements.
Whether you are applying from outside or inside the UK, you must apply online. You will need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken as part of the application process.
A decision on your visa will usually be made within 3 weeks. However, you may be able to get your visa faster depending on the country you are in. Find your local visa application center here.
Once you are granted your visa, you can stay for 3 years initially and then extend the visa for another 2 years. After you have lived in the UK for 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle in the UK permanently.
If your application for the Representative visa is successful, your family members will be able to come to the UK with you. In UK immigration law, your family members are referred to as your ‘dependants.’ Your dependants are your husband, wife or partner as well as any children under the age of 18.
However, your husband, wife or partner cannot join you in the UK as your dependant if they own or control a majority stake in the parent non-UK business.
The information provided on this webpage does not constitute legal advice. Please speak to a qualified immigration solicitor.
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