Sole Representative Visa Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

April 1, 2021

Mann’s Solutions team has prepared Sole Representative Visa FAQ to make the application process easier and more clear for our clients. The Sole Representative Visa is designed primarily to allow senior executives and managers of an overseas company to enter the UK for setting up the company’s first UK office, branch, or subsidiary. The representative cannot own more than 50% of the business to apply for the visa, also the main office of the company should remain outside the UK. 

Sole Representative Visa FAQ

How to understand if I am eligible to be a sole representative of an overseas business?

To be eligible for the visa, the person must be a senior employee of the overseas business. The senior employee will need to have the authority to make key operational decisions locally on behalf of the UK company and intend to work full-time. The representative also cannot own more than 50% of the business.

How to understand if the overseas company is eligible to establish a UK branch or subsidiary?

The parent company based overseas must be a genuine business that intends to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK. The company must not already have a representative in the UK or any other business activities.

What kind of business activities can the UK entity undertake?

The UK branch or subsidiary that the overseas company plan to open must operate in the same type of business as the parent company.

Does the overseas company need to have a certain level of turnover or profit to be eligible?

The overseas company does not need to have any minimum level of turnover or profit. 

Does the person need to earn a minimum level of salary?

There are no requirements to earn any minimum level of salary, however, the salary and benefits should be appropriate for a senior employee in the company.

Is the company required to have a business plan to apply for the visa?

The business plan is not required to apply for a sole representative visa, however, if the business plan is included in the application, this can help to satisfy some of the requirements of the Immigration Rules and Home Office.

When the person gets the visa, will it be possible to work for another company in the UK?

The sole representative can only be employed by the parent company’s subsidiary or branch. It is not possible to undertake any part-time or full-time work for other businesses in the UK.

How long it takes for the sole representative visa application to be decided?

Most of the sole representative visa applications are decided within 3 weeks. 

Is it possible to obtain British citizenship through Sole Representative Visa?

Yes, sole representative visa holders can qualify for British citizenship after getting ILR and holding it for 12 months.

Is it possible to bring the family to the UK with this visa?

Yes, sole representatives can bring their spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner, and any children under the age of 18. 

For how long the visa will be valid?

The initial sole representative visa will be valid for up to 3 years. The person will need to submit a further application for leave to remain, which will be valid for 2 years. And after 5 years in the UK, the person may be eligible to apply for settlement and citizenship.

Contact our Immigration Lawyers – UK Business and Corporate Visas

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

For further information or to discuss your 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.