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If an established overseas business sets up a holding company (with the same shareholders etc as the main business) where the holding company's purpose is being the parent company for its overseas branches/subsidiaries (including a subsidiary in the UK), would the Home Office be likely to accept that holding company as a genuine commercial enterprise or would it be likely to consider that the main business should be the parent company and reject an application for entry clearance under the representative of an overseas business category?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/04/2017

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  • If an established overseas business sets up a holding company (with the same shareholders etc as the main business) where the holding company's purpose is being the parent company for its overseas branches/subsidiaries (including a subsidiary in the UK), would the Home Office be likely to accept that holding company as a genuine commercial enterprise or would it be likely to consider that the main business should be the parent company and reject an application for entry clearance under the representative of an overseas business category?

If an established overseas business sets up a holding company (with the same shareholders etc as the main business) where the holding company's purpose is being the parent company for its overseas branches/subsidiaries (including a subsidiary in the UK), would the Home Office be likely to accept that holding company as a genuine commercial enterprise or would it be likely to consider that the main business should be the parent company and reject an application for entry clearance under the representative of an overseas business category?

We refer you to Practice Note: Applying under the Representative of an Overseas Business category which outlines the eligibility requirements and procedure (including application form and fee information) for making an initial or extension application under the Representative of an Overseas Business UK immigration category.

This note provides details on the eligibility requirements for Sole Representatives of an Overseas Business. In particular, note that one of the requirements for the sole representative is to

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