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UK Sole Representative Visa

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    A ‘Representative of an Overseas Business Visa’, also known as a UK Sole Representative Visa, is mainly used by those who want to set up a UK branch of a business. This type of visa is also used for employees of newspapers or broadcasters to stay in the UK for long-term assignments.

    A Sole Representative Visa lets you stay in the UK for up to three years. After this period, you can extend the visa for a further two years. This visa type also lets you apply to settle permanently in Britain, after five years.

    A Representative of an Overseas Business visa costs £625 if you apply from outside the UK.

    The visa costs £719 if you apply from within the United Kingdom. Additionally, you must have your biometric data (fingerprints and a photo) taken; there is no cost associated with this. Within eight weeks, you will receive a response.

    What is permitted and prohibited on this visa category:

    You can:

    • work full-time for your employer
    • bring your dependents (family) to the UK with you
    • submit a visa extension request
    • once you’ve been in the UK for five years, apply to stay.
    • from within the UK, change to this visa

    You can’t:

    • work for yourself or a different company
    • obtain public funding

    How can IAS help?

    Our lawyers are experienced at assisting clients with their transitions to the UK as sole representatives of their business. If you are looking for advice or support as an organization, we can take full charge of your application for this visa. One of our corporate lawyers will work alongside your company to ensure your application meets the highest professional standard. They will compile your evidence into a comprehensive application portfolio and write a detailed Letter of Representation to accompany it. This letter will support your application and plead your case directly to the Home Office. Call us on +1844 290 6312 to arrange your session with your lawyer now.

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              To meet the eligibility requirements for this form of business visa, the intended sole representative must:

              • Be outside the European Economic Area (such as in the US)
              • Have enough money to support themselves financially without busing public funds
              • Meet the English language requirements
              • Work at a company or organization which has its headquarters outside the UK
              • Have extensive relevant experience in the industry
              • Have a senior position within the company
              • Not be a major shareholder

              To meet the requirements as an employee of a news outlet, you must:

              • Be outside the European Economic Area (such as in the US)
              • Have enough money to support yourself financially without using public funds
              • Meet the English language requirements

              You can work as a full-time employee at the company you are representing.

              You can also bring your family as dependents with you.

              This visa type can also be extended multiple times and will allow you to apply to settle permanently in the UK after five years.

              You can’t work doe any other business, or set up your own business while in the UK on this type of visa.

              You also can’t stay in the UK if your employment ends and you can’t switch to any other type of visa category.

              You cannot claim public funds on a Sole Representative Visa.

              Our lawyers are experienced in assisting with all corporate needs.

              As part of our services, your business will be assigned a lawyer who will take responsibility for your case. This lawyer will work with your business to assess your needs and arrange your full application.

              Our services include:

              • Full application completion
              • Full document assessment and compilation into an Application Portfolio
              • A Letter of Representation written by your lawyer which pleads your case to the Home Office
              • Communication with the Home Office whenever necessary
              • Full support throughout the entire application process

              If you would like to know more about our services or to receive expert advice on your Sole Representative Visa UK contact our immigration consultants today on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online.