An individual who holds a senior position in an active trading company whose head office is outside of the UK, but who plans to set up representation in the UK with the same business activities, can apply for a Sole Representative visa if the individual will be responsible for running the business in the UK, and is appointed as the sole representative of the company in the UK.
Entry clearance requirements for sole representatives
Applicants need to provide evidence that they can support themselves, and dependants during their trip, plus details of where they will be staying.
The representative must be directly employed by the company and not be hired by the company as an independent sales agent.
The new branch or subsidiary cannot be established solely as a means for the applicant to enter and stay in the UK.
Documents required from the company’s overseas headquarters
Applicants must provide sufficient evidence that they meet all the above entry clearance requirements.
Employers (headquarters) need to provide further documents to establish the following:
Notarised statements confirming that:
Representatives of overseas media organisations being posted in the UK on a long-term assignment can also apply for a Sole Representative visa.
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