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The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa is designed primarily to allow senior executives and managers of an overseas company to enter the UK in order to set up the company's first UK office, branch, or subsidiary. 
Free movement of EU nationals will end on 1 January 2021. EU nationals who are sole representatives of an overseas business will also be required to apply under this route in order to come to the UK for the purpose of establishing an office of an overseas business in the UK.

Employees of overseas businesses may apply for a Sole Representative UK Immigration Visa when they wish to enter the UK:


  • as a sole representative to establish a branch or subsidiary of that business in the UK or,

  • as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.

You can apply for a Sole Representative UK Immigration Visa if you can demonstrate that you are either:


  • the sole representative of an overseas company planning to set up a UK branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary where the headquarters are located overseas or,

  • an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK.

In order to qualify for this visa, you must be able to show that you:

  • have been recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK

  • have extensive related industry experience and knowledge

  • hold a senior position within the company (but you are not a major shareholder) and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf

  • intend to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the UK (a registered branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary)

  • have enough money to support yourself without help from public funds

  • meet the English language requirement.

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