Sole Representative of
Overseas Business Services

Expanding a growing business to a new country involves a lot of effort, from business plan to market testing, from complex commercial to legal paperwork. Realising the struggles businesses are facing, alongside generous financial supports, the UK government also has a very special visa scheme for the overseas business to establish a representative office in the UK for the first time.


1. What is the Sole Representative of Overseas Business visa?

Those that would like to send a senior employee of their company to the United Kingdom to build the company’s commercial presence can apply for the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa. This is usually applied for no more than 3 months before travelling overseas. The initial visa allows you to enter and travel from the UK for 3 years then you can request an extension of application for leave to remain which will be valid for 2 years.


The individual that the company will be sending to the United Kingdom as their sole representative must only be employed by the company. They cannot have any other possible business interests. The visa initially permits you to stay within the UK for 3 years and then you are able to permit your visa for another 2 years once it expires. You can then apply for indefinite leave to remain and permanently settle in the UK once you have lived in the UK for 5 years.

2. Benefits of Sole Representative of Overseas Business visa?


Once the application is approved and your Innovator Visa has been granted there are some benefits that you can continue utilising whilst you are in the UK under your visa.. The following benefits stated are just some of the main ones that you can seek advantage from, for detailed reports as to what is and is not permitted during your stay you can visit the website. The Representative of Overseas Business Visa allows you to:

  • Travel in and out of the UK.

  • You can work for your employer full time.

  • You can extend your stay for another 2 years when your visa is due to expire. You can apply for indefinite leave to remain if you meet the requirements and resided in the UK for 5 years.

  • You have the option of bringing your partner and children over with you as dependents as long as they are eligible to travel and return to the UK.


3. What are the requirements for the Sole Representative of Overseas Business visa?


When you are applying for the Representative of Overseas Business Visa there are some requirements that you must meet for the application to be considered. The following factors need to be satisfied before you can apply for:

  • You would need to be employed by a business outside of the UK that is already trading and active at the time of application.

  • You must hold a senior management position within the role without owning the majority of it and be able to make authoritative decisions.

  • You must be establishing the business’s first overseas commercial presence in the UK.


In terms of financial requirements, your business would not need to represent any strong financial showings when they are making their application. But the Sole Representative would need to provide evidence showing that they are able to take care of themselves while residing in the UK.  


4. What can NIDO do for you?


At NIDO we are here to help and assist you whilst offering you advice when applying for your sole representative of an overseas business visa. We have experience and the resources to help your Business enter the UK using a Sole Representative to help your business grow. Our experts guide you through the complicated documents and correspond according to the Home Office requirements.


With the offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester, we are one of the very few Business Immigration Solicitors that can be found by businesses around the world as we are listed on the Government's Department for International Trade Platform. Also our support will not come to a stop once you have been granted your visa. Unlike other firms we aim to continue supporting you through your stay assisting you and your business in the UK until you are able to settle within the UK.

5. Fees

At NIDO, we offer a Professional Service with Reasonable Costs. All of our Fees are excluding VAT where VAT is applicable. For Representative of an Overseas Business visa application, our fees are between £7,000 to £10,000.

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