Sole Representative visa: Extension of the Visa in the UK

Our clients who are living and working in the United Kingdom under the Sole Representative visa are eligible for an extension of their period of leave, based on meeting certain requirements of the visa.

Further Leave to Remain maybe extended for three more years of leave upon their initial application, which may then be extended by a further two years upon request. The applicant will have spent 5 years in the United Kingdom to be eligible for indefinite leave to remain, assuming all applicable terms and conditions have been met.

Requirements for the extension of a Sole Representative Visa

There are set of requirements must be followed in order to apply for Further Leave To Remain:

  • The applicant initially entered the United Kingdom under the Sole Rep scheme as a representative of a non-EEA business;
  • The employer is still based overseas and running Head Quarter company;
  • The Applicant remains the permanent fulltime employee of representative branch in the UK;
  • The employer is able to declare that the applicant is still necessary to run the branch in the UK;
  • The applicant can provide evidence of sufficient maintenance to support themselves and their dependants included in their application.

Application Forms and Evidence are required for Extension of a Sole representative visa

Sole Representative visa visa extension application forms available from the Home Office, in accordance with the status and requirements of the applicant.

List of Documents required to support an application will depend on the specifics of the case, however you can find the following below:

  • Passports
  • Travel documents
  • Biometric Residence Permits (BRP)
  • Police registration certificates
  • Personal & Business Bank statements
  • Financial Statements of the branch in the UK
  • Pay slips (Representative of an Overseas Business only)
  • Letter from employer (representative of an overseas business only)
  • Documents from Companies House (rep of an Overseas Business only)

The completeness of the visa application – in conjunction with the evidence applicant submit – could determine whether or not they are granted an extension.

CONSULTATION FROM LONDON IMMIGRATION LAWYERS – Sole Representative Visa 

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Spouse Visa Entry Clearance: Requirements of Self-employment Sponsor

Once our clients are applying for spouse visa entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK as a spouse or partner under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, they are required to meet income threshold.

Appendix FM provides very strict requirements as to how the financial requirement may be satisfied. The financial requirement may be met in a number of ways, including by relying upon income from self-employment.

The Immigration Rules state that unless the applicant is in the UK and is lawfully working as a self-employed person, only the income of the partner from their self-employment may be taken into account when determining whether the threshold is met. There are two ways in which the financial requirement can be satisfied by relying on income received through self-employment. These are known as ‘Category F’ and ‘Category G’ applications.

Categories: F Self Employment & G Self Employment – Spouse Visa 

For a Category F application, the self-employed person can rely upon the income from the last full financial year to meet the financial requirement.

For a Category G application, the self-employed person can rely upon the average income received in the last 2 full financial years to meet the requirement. For Instance, an applicant must demonstrate a gross annual income of £24,800. If the self-employed partner received an income of £20,000 in the last full financial year, but in the previous financial year they received an income of £30,000, the mean average income from the last 2 financial years is £25,000.

Combined self-employment Income

Self-employed income can be combined with other specified income such as salaried and non-salaried employment, non-employment income and pension income, but current cash savings cannot be combined with self-employment income.

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Turkish Businessperson Visa: Overview of the Visa before Brexit

Turkish Businessperson Visa  ‘Ankara Agreement’ was part of the agreement which was formed in 1963 between Turkey and EU. The purpose of the European Community Association Agreement was to forge an association between the two entities, which would eventually lead to the full accession of Turkey. It led to cooperation on the movement of workers, the UK implemented a Turkish Businessperson visa.

It is unclear whether the Turkish businessperson visa will continue to exist at the start of 2021, as the UK will no longer be a party to the Ankara Agreement.

Eligibility for the Turkish businessperson visa

In order to be eligible for the Turkish businessperson visa, applicant will need to meet the following criteria:

  • must be a Turkish national
  • have a genuine intention to set up a viable business
  • have sufficient funds to establish your business
  • can pay your share of the costs of running the business
  • share of the business’s profits will be enough to support you and your family without your needing to have another job
  • intend to become a sole trader, director of a limited company, or enter into a legal business partnership

If Applicant is planning to invest in an existing business partnership or company rather than creating a new business entity, they will need to prove to Home Office that they intend to have an active part in running the business and that there is a genuine need for their services and investment.

List of Documents require to be submitted as part of visa application.

The Home Office requires that applicant submit the following evidence as part of your application:

  • a valid passport
  • proof applicant can support and house yourself and their dependents during your stay
  • proof of your living costs
  • proof of state benefits applicant has received in the UK (if applicable)
  • tuberculosis (TB) test (if applicable)
  • a blank page in their passport on which to put the visa.

In terms of the business applicant intend to create or join:

  • Evidence they are in the process of planning, setting up or running your business, in the form of:
    • documents for business premises
    • partnership agreements
    • insurance documents
    • business accounts prepared by a chartered accountant or approved by an auditor
    • Relevant HRMC tax documents (including evidence of payment)
    • qualifications for running the business, such as relevant formal qualifications or evidence of previous relevant experience
    • evidence of finances and their investment in the business, such as the UK or overseas bank statements, overseas money transfers, and bank loans
    • a document setting out the terms of your involvement in the business

CONSULTATION FROM LONDON IMMIGRATION LAWYERS – Turkish Businessperson Visa 

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For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Tier 2 General Visa: Main Requirements of the visa

There are several requirements applicant need to be careful of while making the Tier 2 General Visa application.

Main requirements that applicant need to fulfil to make a Tier 2 visa application include:

  • Applicant should have an offer for a skilled job in the UK
  • The job offer should be from a UK employer holding a valid Tier 2 Sponsor Licence from UKVI
  • Applicant should be assigned with a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) number from their employer
  • Applicant’s job should pass the Resident Labour Market test (undertaken by their employer). In some cases, a Resident Labour Market test exemption can apply.
  • Applicant should be paid an appropriate salary for their job, above the minimum salary threshold of £20,800.
  • Applicant will need to satisfy English language requirement at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Applicant will need to show maintenance funds of £945 to support themselves (You should have maintained the funds for a minimum of ninety days) unless applicant is exempt.
  • Applicant can learn more about these requirements under different headings below.

Certificate of Sponsorship for Tier 2 General Visa

A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) required for Tier 2 Visa application is an electronic record that holds your personal and applicant’s job information. A CoS is not a certificate as in a paper document, it’s a digital certificate reference number. Employer will provide applicant with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) number that applicant will need to make a valid Tier 2 Visa application.

The Certificate of Sponsorship reference number is valid for three months from the date of the issue and the CoS reference number can only be used for one application.

Tier 2 General Visa Appropriate salary

You will need to be paid an appropriate rate for the job applicant has been offered by their UK employer. Applicant can check the appropriate rate for their job category in Home Office official codes of practice for skilled work document.

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For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Sole Representative Visa: Genuineness Requirements

Our clients who applies for Sole Representative Visa from 4th June 2020 must pass genuineness requirements which must be satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that they meet all relevant criteria.

There are immigration requirements applies below:

  • additional information and evidence, and refuse the application if the information or evidence demonstrating that applicant meet all of the criteria is not provided within a reasonable timeframe without providing a reasonable explanation;
  • An applicant attends an interview and refuse the application if they fail to comply with any such request without providing a reasonable explanation for their inability to attend the interview.

Home Office will have further enquiries on their visa application, if the following applies below:

  • the overseas business has only a small number of staff or trading premises;
  • the overseas business only has a trading presence in one other country and no track record of international expansion;
  • the overseas business has only been set up recently;
  • applicant have little evidence of the overseas business’s trading presence and business activities (whether physical or internet-based);
  • the applicant has previous activity in the UK that is not related to the business they now represent, or there is some similar reason to doubt they will only work in accordance the conditions of their leave;
  • the domestic rules on business ownership in the country where the overseas business is located, necessitate a request for non-standard information to determine whether the applicant owns or controls that business.

These reasons will not automatically indicate a lack of genuineness in every case, and therefore are to be regarded as indicators of a need to obtain further information rather than as grounds for refusal in themselves.

CONSULTATION FROM LONDON IMMIGRATION LAWYERS – Sole Representative Visa

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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Innovator Visa: Changes to Start Up and Innovator Visas

Since the introduction of the Start-Up and Innovator visa routes in April 2019, the approach of the Home Office has been to leave the business assessment and evaluation to the endorsing bodies, as this is their expertise. The Home Office will decide the final application once the endorsement has been secured, its given credibility to the applicant who keen to set up their business in the UK and genuinely develop it globally.

The Home Office now have the power to request further information and evidence from both the endorsing body and the applicant in order to consider whether the endorsing requirements were met and potentially refuse the application if the decision-maker believes that the criteria have not been met. This change helps to Home Office reviewing cases fully and identify business which are not viable.

The higher education providers can now indorse for Innovator as well as Start-up visas. It looks like the Home Office were “concerned” about the manner in which the Universities would endorse Innovator visa applicants, so the Home Office given themselves more power to look into applicants more even after the endorsement has been secured, on this occasion weaker applicants with less industry experience or background and not viable enough business idea might lead to refusal of the start-up or innovator visa.

The statement of changes made clear that the Home Office would like to retain the power to subjectively assess the applicants and refuse the applications which the decision-maker officer considers unworthy.

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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.