THIS ROUTE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH THE UK EXPANSION WORKER VISA.
The representatives, as well as their families, can spend up to 5 years residing in the UK on the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa (including extension).
The Representative of an Overseas Business Visa is also known as the Sole Representative Visa. It enables you to establish a UK branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company.
Individuals who work for overseas newspapers, agencies, or broadcasters can also pursue this visa path, offering journalists, correspondents, and those in similar roles a stable period of stay during long-term or indefinite assignments.
To successfully receive a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, you must meet certain specific requirements as well as the more general ones, such as meeting English language requirements and proving that you can support yourself and your dependants should you choose to bring any along.
Additionally, the company that you are employed by and are representing must meet certain requirements in order for you to be eligible as its sole representative in the UK.
In order to apply for this visa, you need to either be:
You may apply as the employee who:
Your employer must have:
If you are unsure about meeting the requirements or would like to make sure that your application properly highlights your eligibility, please contact us.
Our team has extensive experience in putting together strong applications that have a good chance of being approved by the Home Office. This can reduce the risk of a drawn-out appeal process.
The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa will cost £719 if applied for from outside the UK and £827 if you are applying from inside the UK.
There are also additional costs that must be considered, such as the £19.20 that you will need for biometric information, immigration health surcharge as well as fees for legal advice – which is highly advisable when applying for a Business Visa such as this one.
The Representative of an Overseas Business Visa offers 3 years of stay, with the option to extend for another 2 years. After 5 years of stay in the UK, you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain. This will allow you to run your branch or subsidiary – or work for your news organisation – with the reassurance of Permanent Residence.
There is an application process that must be completed in order to be granted ILR, and there are some additional requirements that you may have to meet. You can learn more about paths to Indefinite Leave to Remain here.
Our team has all of the expertise and experience needed to assist you with your Representative of an Overseas Business Visa. With extensive experience in immigration law for business people, we will make sure that your visa application highlights that you meet all requirements.
QC Immigration can help Increase your chances of your UK visa application being accepted with the help of our experienced immigration lawyers.