The Innovator Founder’s Route was opened in April 2023 and replaces the Innovator visa and Start Up routes. This route is for entrepreneurs intending to start a business in the UK. This write-up summarises the requirements for migrants applying for Entry Clearance (a visa) to enter the UK from abroad on the Innovator Founder route.
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 Representative of an Overseas Business should be a Media Representative of the parent company and should be familiar with the nature of the business carried out by that organisation. Representative of an Overseas Business also include Sole Representatives, however new applicants may no longer apply to enter the UK in this category.
Media 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.
Persons currently holding Sole Representative visas may apply for extensions, however this Immigration route is now closed to new visa applicants. Senior employees intending to come to the UK to establish a branch or a subsidiary who are not Media Representatives must do so as UK Expansion Workers.
Those applying to enter the UK as Media Representatives may bring their Partner and children under the age of 18 to the UK.
Persons who have been in the UK on the Representative of an Overseas Business route for five years 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.