If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you may be forgiven for thinking that the phrase “the centre of operations” is something to do with surgery or even where some secret UK government department is based. Neither is right. Understanding and complying with the Home Office definition of “the centre of operations” is vitally important if you are applying for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa.
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The centre of operations
Shares and the centre of operations
• Whether there is an intention to move the main centre of business to the UK because a major shareholder is the visa applicant and the company success is based on this one key individual;
• If none or only a small number of senior employees of the overseas parent company will remain employed abroad after the UK branch of the company is set up.
Evidence of the centre of operations
Ambition and the centre of operations test
Preparing a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa application
• Information about the size of the applicant’s shareholding in the company and details of the remaining shareholders who will remain based outside the UK in the centre of operations; and
• Information about the employee’s prior role in the company and how, if they held a pivotal role in the centre of operations in the overseas company headquarters, how the centre of operations will continue to successfully operate from overseas; and
• The number of managers and senior employees of the company who will continue to be based abroad and at the centre of operations; and
• If the shareholder and visa applicant is known as “the face” of the company how the company will maintain its success and the centre of operations overseas.
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Posted on: Tuesday, 08 October, 2019