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Sole Representative Visa - Start a Business in the UK

The Sole Representative Visa enables foreign companies to send a single key employee to the United Kingdom. After that, this person may open a UK branch or wholly-owned subsidiary for the foreign business.


Sole representative visa has undergone modifications

The UK Home Office made amendments to the Sole Representative Visa in 2020, making the application process more stringent than before. The new procedure now comprises the following steps:

-   Supplying documentation that includes a detailed summary of the company's operations and assets.
-  A letter stating that you are knowledgeable about the business.
-  Demonstrate that you are a senior executive in the business.
-  Information about your Job title and salary.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SOLE REPRESENTATIVE VISA?

You must be a senior employee of an overseas company who was employed and hired outside of the United Kingdom.
You must have the power to make key operational decisions on behalf of the UK business on a local level, and you must expect to work full-time as an overseas business representative in the UK.You must not own or control a majority stake in the parent company.The most important thing for you to keep in mind is that you cannot own more than 50% of the parent company. In addition, to run a UK subsidiary, you must have the necessary education, experience, and skills. Also you must show that you can properly support and accommodate yourself and any dependents without relying on public funds.


What English language skills are required for a sole representative visa?

When applying for a Sole Representative Visa, the applicant may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency. The applicant should demonstrate English proficiency by passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening, or by having an academic qualification taught in English and accepted by UK NARIC as equivalent to a UK bachelor's, master's, or PhD. In December 2019, UK Visa and Immigration announced that IELTS for UKVI will be recognised as one of the secure English language tests (SELT) for all UK visas that require applicants to prove their English language proficiency.

Does the Overseas Sole Representative visa have a minimum investment requirement?

The Overseas Sole Representative Visa does not require any financial investment, making it a popular choice among companies and entrepreneurs looking to enter the UK market.


Is a sole representative allowed to bring family members to the UK?

The main applicant's spouse, civil partner, or unmarried partner, as well as any dependent children, may apply to join him or her in the United Kingdom. The dependents will be granted the same amount of time off as the primary applicant. They will be able to work freely in the United Kingdom.


What is the duration of your stay and do you have the right to work?

Only the overseas office may employ the visa holder. He is not permitted to work for another company or engage in self-employment. The visa holder must leave the UK if the sole representative arrangement ends. The visa holder is only allowed to work for the foreign office.. He is not permitted to work for another company or engage in self-employment. The visa holder must leave the UK if the sole representative arrangement ends.


Is it possible to obtain PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN THE UK?

After successfully completing a five-year period on the Sole Representative visa, the holder may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, subject to certain conditions. After successfully completing a five-year period on the Sole Representative visa, the holder may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, subject to certain conditions.


Is it possible to obtain British citizenship with a sole representative visa?

Yes, sole representative visa holders who have held indefinite leave to stay in the UK for a period of 12 months may apply for British citizenship if they meet certain requirements (unless married to a British citizen, in which case they may qualify immediately upon being granted ILR)