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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

  • The company’s headquarters and main place of business must be outside the UK.
  • The individual must be recruited outside the UK.
  • The applicant must hold a senior position in the company and must have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the company.
  • The applicant must intend to start the company’s first commercial presence in the UK with the same type of business activity.
  • The applicant must intend to work full-time as the company’s sole representative in the UK, and not engage in other work.
  • The applicant must meet the English language requirement applicable to a Sole Representative visa.

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:

  • A detailed description of the overseas company’s business activities, including details of assets and accounts, it’s turnover and its registered offices.
  • A statement that the applicant does not own or control a majority of the overseas business.
  • A letter confirming that the company will set up the first subsidiary or register a new branch in the UK with the same business activity as it runs overseas.
  • The applicant’s employment contract, with a full job description and salary details that will apply whilst the applicant is employed in the UK.
  • A letter providing information about the applicant’s recruitment process.
  • A letter stating that the applicant is familiar with the business and has the relevant skills, experience, knowledge, and authority to take operational decisions and perform their duties.

Notarised statements confirming that:

  • The applicant will be the sole representative in the UK.
  • The company has no other branch, subsidiary, or representative in the UK.
  • The overseas business operations will continue to have its headquarters outside the UK and centre the business overseas.
  • The applicant will not engage in any other business of their own or represent any other business interests.

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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