You can apply to come to the UK as a sole representative of an overseas business if
you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and
It is vital to ensure that the required criteria are met and that sufficient evidence is submitted to increase your chances of achieving a successful outcome. Our specialist immigration team have broad experience in assisting companies with sole representative visa applications.
Sole representative visas are only available to overseas firms that have no branch, subsidiary or presence in the UK. However, it is acceptable to form a UK company in anticipation of such an appointment, so long as that UK company exists only as a shell entity and has not commenced trading yet.
To be considered eligible for this visa category there are certain requirements to be met when applying as a Sole Representative:
The earliest that applicants can submit visa requests is 3 months before travelling to the UK. Processing times for entry clearance applications are approximately 3 weeks if submitted from the country of residence, or around 8-12 weeks for those switching their visa and currently residing in the UK. However, it is possible to pay for a Priority Service to receive a decision within 5 working days.
Your Sole Representative UK visa will be initially granted for 3 years. You are then permitted to extend your visa for another 2 years. To be eligible for an extension it is necessary to demonstrate that you continue to act as the sole representative for the overseas company. Once you have completed the additional 2 years, you are then allowed to apply for ILR and settlement.
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