You apply for Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa, if you want to come to the UK as a representative of an overseas business and you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. You can make Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa application if you are either:

  • the sole representative of an overseas company planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly owned subsidiary for an overseas parent company
  • an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK.

You can come to the UK for an initial period of 3 years. You may be able to extend your visa for another 2 years.  After you have been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK.

Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa key requirements

Sole representatives

If you are coming to the UK as a sole representative you must:

  • be recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK
  • have extensive related industry experience and knowledge
  • hold a senior position within the company (but not be a major shareholder) and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf
  • intend to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the UK, for example a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary

You may also be eligible if the company has a legal entity in the UK that does not employ staff or transact business.

If your company has been working to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, but it is not yet set up, you can replace a previous sole representative.

Newspaper, news agency or broadcast employees

As an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, you can come to the UK if you’re being posted here on a long-term assignment.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Family members

Your family members (dependants) can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa. Your family members must have a visa if they're from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The family members include your husband, wife, partner or your child under 18.

Our fee

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the UK Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1800 for our professional legal services in relation to Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa entry clearance application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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