Applying as a Representative of an Overseas Business
Produced in partnership with Helen Smith
Applying as a Representative of an Overseas Business

The following Immigration practice note Produced in partnership with Helen Smith provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying as a Representative of an Overseas Business
  • GOV.UK information pages on applications in this category
  • Initial applications—eligibility
  • Sole Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Overseas Media Representative
  • Sole representative—seniority, length of service and remuneration
  • Sole representative—the overseas business
  • Sole representative—the UK business
  • Sole representative—shareholding/ownership
  • Sole representative—genuineness
  • More...

This category provides a route of entry and stay in the UK for:

  1. individuals who will be the sole UK representative of an active and trading overseas business which seeks to establish and operate a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK, and

  2. media employees of overseas newspapers, news agencies or broadcasting organisations who are being posted by their overseas employer on a long-term UK posting

This category is an employment category remaining outside of the Points-Based System (PBS). No sponsorship by a UK-based employer is required. As such, it can be an attractive category, if the relevant circumstances apply. Having been largely untouched by route-specific policy changes for a number of years, a number of changes were made to the sole representative aspect of the category from 4 June 2020. It appears that the Home Office has become concerned with the route being used in a way that was never intended, for example, by majority business owners (following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, and its replacement with the far more restrictive Innovator and Start-up categories). These changes included the addition of a subjective ‘genuineness’ test, in relation to meeting the eligibility requirements.

GOV.UK information pages on applications in this category

Information for individuals applying in the category can be found on the Representative of an Overseas Business visa (GOV.UK) page.

Initial applications—eligibility

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