Whereas employees coming to the UK for up to 6 months may be able to rely on a business visitor visa, if the assignment is long-term and involves expansion into the UK market, the Sole Representative Visa could be better suited to your needs.
What is a Sole Representative Visa?
For overseas businesses looking to send employees to the UK, there are many visa options to consider. Your choice will be determined by a number of factors, including the role of the employee, the nature of the activity, the time they plan to spend in the UK and the status of the company’s operations in the UK.
The Sole Representative Visa permits companies to send a single employee to the UK to set up a branch or subsidiary.
There are many advantages to the Sole Representative Visa making it a desirable entry route, but the eligibility requirements are strict, and place heavy restrictions on the nominated individual and type of activity that can be carried out when in the UK.
Can a sole representative visa holder bring family members to the UK?
It is possible to bring dependents, such as a spouse and/or children under the age of 18, with you to the UK. However, you will need to show that you have enough money to maintain and accommodate yourselves in the UK without recourse to public funds.
Are there any additional requirements for a sole representative visa?
You will also need to show that you have met an English language requirement. If you are a national of a majority English speaking country or already hold a qualifying degree, you will, subject to providing the necessary evidence, fulfil this requirement. If this is not the case, you will need to pass an approved English language test prior to applying for a sole representative visa.
Contact our Sole Representative Visa Advice Lawyers
For advice and assistance with an application for entry clearance, an extension of stay or settlement as the sole representative of an overseas business, contact our immigration barristers on 01206500181 or complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch.