The Representative of an Overseas Business Route is for representatives of foreign businesses that do not already have a presence in the UK. Sole Representatives or Media Representatives may apply for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa. This article focuses on Sole Representative Visa applications. The requirements for a Sole Representative visa are set
Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
The Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, sometimes referred to as a Sole Representative Visa, is for persons seeking to come to the UK to set up a branch or a subsidiary of a company abroad for which they work. The parent company abroad should not already have another sole representative in the UK, although it may already have a limited presence here.
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A Sole Representative should be a senior employee of the parent company and should be familiar with the nature of the business carried out by that organisation.
Sole Representatives must also have the skills, experience and knowledge to take on their roles and must not have a majority stake or control a majority of the Overseas Business they represent.
Those applying to enter the UK as Representatives of an Overseas Business, either as Sole Representatives or Media Representatives (when they represent a Media organisation) may bring their Partner and children under the age of 18 to the UK.
This visa can be extended and after five years those in this Immigration category may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). If you require assistance with a Representative of an Overseas Business visa, extension or ILR, please contact our Immigration Department.