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UK Sole Representative Visa

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category allows the senior representative to travel to the UK in order to establish the branch of their existing business and act as the sole representative of the main company in U.K. There is no specific investment requirement.


  • The Main company must be a genuine company, incorporated overseas and established for a minimum of one year.
  • The budget allocated for the UK branch office should be realistic keeping in mind the company’s size, nature of business & revenue.
  • When the visa is granted & the employee comes to work on behalf of the company based out of the U.K, most of the company’s business must always be conducted out of the UK.


The overseas representative visa is granted for 3 years and can be extended for 2 more years. After 5 years the applicant can apply to settle permanently in the United Kingdom.

What are the advantages of the Sole Representative Visa?

The Sole Representative Visa offers many benefits, some of which are:

  • Sole representatives can apply for a two-year visa extension if they operate successfully during the initial 3 years of their stay.
  • After five years, applicants can be eligible to apply for permanent residency
  • After six years, applicants can be eligible to apply for British nationality
  • Sole representatives can combine time spent in the UK with other visa categories to qualify for ten-year residency rights.
  • For business eyeing for expansion, they can send a single senior employee to the UK to study and test the market without having to outlay large amounts of capital

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