With all the turmoil and uncertainty over Brexit, you may question who would contemplate establishing a branch office or a wholly owned subsidiary company in the UK with just one employee, at a time of unprecedented political upheaval. However, the best London immigration solicitors find that the most ambitious non-EEA entrepreneurs and business owners say that the time to expand into new markets is when times are challenging so that you can steal a march on the competition.
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Who can apply for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa?
What are the criteria for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa?
• Been recruited and employed by an overseas parent company outside the UK, whose company headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK, prior to submitting the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa application;
• No intention to undertake any other Employment in the UK;
• An intention to establish the parent company’s first commercial presence in the UK, namely a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary of the overseas company;
• Extensive knowledge and expertise in the particular industry of the overseas parent company;
• A senior position within the overseas parent company, but not as a majority shareholder of the company;
• Full authority to make decisions on the parent company’s behalf;
• Sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependants (if applicable) in the UK;
• Sufficient command of the English language to meet the English language test requirement.
Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa and genuine commercial enterprise test
Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa and minimum salary requirement for the Sole Representative
Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa and dependant family
• A spouse, civil partner, same sex or unmarried partner;
• A child of the applicant or their partner who is under the age of eighteen.
Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa - length and extension
Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa and settlement
The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa: what the Sole Representative can and cannot do
• Work full time for their overseas parent company employer;
• Bring dependant family to live in the UK;
• Extend the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa;
• Apply to settle in the UK after they have lived in the UK for five years;
The best London immigration solicitors advise that a Sole Representative cannot:
• Set up their own self-employed business;
• Work for an employer other than the overseas parent company;
• Stay in the UK if the visa holder ceases to be the Sole Representative of the parent company;
• Switch from the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category to a new visa category;
• Use public funds to help support either the Sole Representative or their dependents.
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OTS Solicitors are experts in business immigration law and can help with all types of business immigration visas from Start-up visa, Innovator visa and Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa. Please contact us on 0203 959 9123 for an initial discussion of how the OTS Solicitors business immigration team can help you.
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Posted on: Tuesday, 29 October, 2019