The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category is for businesses that would like to send a senior employee to establish a commercial & physical presence in the UK. The parent company must be a genuine business based outside of the UK and the applicant must not hold more than 50% of the shares in the business to be eligible under this category.
In order to qualify for a sole representative visa, the applicant and the overseas parent company must satisfy the following requirements.
Overseas parent company:
The applicant will also need to demonstrate that they are:
The applicant should have been ideally employed by the parent company for some time and hold a senior position there or be able to demonstrate a good track record in the same field and industry to show operational expertise. The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa will normally be valid for 3 years, after which time the applicant will be able to extend their stay for a further two years. After five years in the UK under this category, applicants may be eligible to apply for settlement. The partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany or join the main applicant as their dependents. Sole Representative visa holders will not be able to work for any business other than the business that they represent in the UK.
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