Representative of an Overseas Business: English-language requirement for entry clearance-information sheet
Representative of an Overseas Business: English-language requirement for entry clearance-information sheet

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Representative of an Overseas Business: English-language requirement for entry clearance-information sheet

Produced in partnership with Helen Smith of North Star Law

All applications for entry clearance under the Representative of an Overseas Business category require an applicant to demonstrate English-language proficiency.

This table confirms the position for entry clearance applications. There is no requirement to demonstrate English-language proficiency for extension applications in this category.

Circumstances Notes/required documents
You are a national of one of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the USA.
Your current original passport or travel document will confirm this
If your current passport cannot be provided, eg it has been lost or stolen, has expired and been returned to the relevant authorities, or has been sent to another part of the Home Office, you will need to give full details and provide:
—your current national identity document, or
—a letter from your home government or embassy on their headed paper. This letter must have been issued by an authorised official and must confirm your full name, date of birth and nationality.
You have obtained an academic qualification (not a