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Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa is reserved for senior staff of a company outside the United Kingdom which is intending to register a branch or subsidiary in the UK and appoint a senior employee as a sole representative there to run and manage the company.
There are no investments required, but you need to show your level of English.
Our experts will be glad to support you with your application at every step of the process, including preparing and drafting all necessary documents, working with you on a business plan, establishing a UK representation and submitting your application. We will be advising you on all related corporate law and taxation matters. We offer resources to take care of you and your business when you are in the country.
A parent company must be incorporated and operating from abroad, and you must be a senior staff member hired abroad with the power to take decisions. A crucial thing to remember is you cannot be a majority shareholder in that company.
You are also required to prove you have relevant experience, skills and education necessary to run and manage the UK branch. You must work for the company full-time and not be employed anywhere else.
Sole Representative visa is initially valid for 3 years and 4 months.
To extend a sole representative visa, you have to keep working as the sole rep of the parent company in the representative office operating from the UK, and you plan to stay in that role. Other requirements:
Extension period is 2 years.
A sole representative can apply for ILR (settlement) in 5 years after their initial arrival into the UK. You must meet the following criteria:
You and all family members can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation in one year after ILR is granted, subject to everyone meeting all the eligibility criteria:
You can use the VIP service to extend a sole representative visa. In this case the Home Office will come to you to take your fingerprints and photograph. Decision is normally made within 24 hours.
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