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Can someone remain a sole representative and extend their leave, where there has been a change in group company structure, so that the ‘parent’ company at the time of their initial application for leave as a sole representative is no longer the parent at the time of the extension application, but another group company (who provide the same services) is now the parent?

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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal
Published on LexisPSL on 12/11/2019

The following Immigration Q&A produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can someone remain a sole representative and extend their leave, where there has been a change in group company structure, so that the ‘parent’ company at the time of their initial application for leave as a sole representative is no longer the parent at the time of the extension application, but another group company (who provide the same services) is now the parent?

Can someone remain a sole representative and extend their leave, where there has been a change in group company structure, so that the ‘parent’ company at the time of their initial application for leave as a sole representative is no longer the parent at the time of the extension application, but another group company (who provide the same services) is now the parent?

The requirements for those applying to extend leave as the representative of an overseas business are contained in Immigration Rules, Part 5, para 147. Extracts of that rule relevant to this Q&A are as follows:

‘…147. The requirements for an extension of stay as a representative of an overseas business are that the applicant:

(ii) the person was admitted in accordance with paragraph 144(ii)(a) and can show:

(a) that the overseas business still has its headquarters and principal place of business outside the United Kingdom; and

(b) that he is employed full time as a representative of that

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