If you are applying to the Home Office for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa, it is vital that you and your overseas employer fully understand the Sole Representative visa rules and requirements.
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Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa conditions
Conditions of stay for a Sole Representative Business visa
• The visa holder should only be employed by the overseas parent company. This means the visa holder cannot take on part time paid or un-paid Employment or consultancy work with another employer. They also cannot start a self-employed business in addition to working in setting up the branch office of the overseas parent company that they are employed to work for;
• Be able to provide financially for themselves and any dependant family without recourse to public funds. There is no minimum salary requirement for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa applicant. However, the work the employee is employed to do must be full time and their salary has to be commensurate with the role undertaken by the senior employee of the overseas company;
• Some visa holders (depending on nationality) have to register with the police.
The length of a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa
• An application can be made to extend a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa for a period of up to two years;
• At the end of the extension period a visa holder can apply for a further extension to their Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa;
• After five years or more of living in the UK, a Sole Representative visa holder can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. If the applicant does not meet the criteria for indefinite leave to remain, they can apply to extend their Sole Representative visa.
Applying to extend a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa
• The visa holder must still be in the Employment of the overseas parent company and be working to establish the company’s branch in the UK; and
• The applicant must be able to demonstrate Employment and progress with the successful set up of the UK branch office; and
• The parent company’s centre of operations and headquarters must remain outside the UK.
Family dependents and Sole Representative Business visas
• Husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner (including same sex unmarried partner); and
• Dependent children.
Financial requirements for dependent family members of Sole Representative visa holders
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Posted on: Thursday, 10 October, 2019