Sole Representative of Overseas Business

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category is for businesses that would like to send a senior employee to the UK in order to establish a commercial & physical presence for the company in the UK. You will need to have a genuine business which is based outside of the UK and hold not more than 50% of the shares in the business to be eligible for this category.

Requirements for Sole Representative Visa

You must satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that your overseas company:

  • Is a genuine, trading business;
  • Has no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK;
  • Intends to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK, operating in the same type of business as the overseas business.

You will also need to demonstrate that you:

  • Are a senior employee in the business;
  • Have been recruited outside of the UK;
  • Have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the business;
  • Do not hold more than 50% of the shares in the business;
  • Do not intend to take employment other than for your business

Your initial Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa will normally be valid for 3 years, after which time you will be able to extend your stay for a further two years.After five years in the UK as a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business, you may be eligible to apply for settlement.Your partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany or join you as your dependents.You will not be able to work for any business other than the business that you represent in the UK.

How can we assist?

City Legal Services is a multi-award winning Immigration Law firm closely working with Entrepreneurs and Investors globally. Our Immigration lawyers were awarded the Best Personal Immigration Firm by Acquisitions International in 2016 & Immigration Law firm of the year 2017 by Global Law Experts. We are also a proud member of Enterprise nation and works closely with wealth managers, leading banks, Investment management and real estate companies to prepare and submit high quality visa applications for investors, entrepreneurs and their families.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to businesses and individuals as part of a professional and friendly service.

For expert advice on setting up a commercial presence in the UK via the Sole Representative route, please call one of our experienced Immigration lawyers on 0330 058 3929.