UK Overseas Representative Visa

Establish a branch/subsidiary of your company in the UK


The UK Sole Representative Visa Program was designed for senior managers and business owners within a company willing to establish a branch/subsidiary in the UK, and nominate a key staff with solid experience to represent the company.


The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa allows a senior employee of an overseas business to come to the UK to set up and operate a UK branch of an overseas parent company. Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) can be achieved after 5 years in the Representative of an Overseas Business visa category.


The main applicant will get a leave to enter visa that allows legal stay in the United Kingdom for 3 years. This leads to an extension of 2 years, and then to permanent residency (ILR). This entitles the main applicant to apply for citizenship a year after, if the necessary requirements are fulfilled.


Our process

Eligibility Check

Consultation with Immigration Specialist, reducing possibility of visa rejection.

Advise on the best solution for you and your family

Pre Application

On board email sent

Pre-application form sent

Document Checklist sent

Business Plan Fact find is sent

Application Submitted

Business Plan completed by dedicated case handler

Once all documents are uploaded, they are reviewed by Case Manager

Preparation for Interview

Application Submitted

Post Visa Approval and Landing Procedure

Company formation with companies house

UK bank account is set up

NHS surcharge fees are paid (Free healthcare as soon as you land)

Property search to buy/rent

Account introduction

School and University arrangements

Register with Council

Regular meetings and updates with clients to make sure all requirements are in order to apply for visa extension and for ILR


In order to be eligible for a UK Sole Representative Visa, an applicant must:

  • Be recruited and employed by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK.
  • Be a senior employee in that company having full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the overseas business for the purpose of representing it in the UK. 
  • Be able to meet the English Language Requirement.
  • Be able to work full time for the company’s branch in the UK.
  • Not be a majority shareholder in the company.
  • Pass approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening


In order for a company to be eligible for a UK Sole Representative Visa, they must:

  • Be a genuine commercial enterprise
  • Intend to establish a branch or whole owned subsidiary in the UK.
  • Submit a business plan of the business activity in the UK.
  • Headquarters and principal place of business is outside the UK with no intention to move to UK
  • No branch or subsidiary or other representative in the UK.
  • Intend to operate the branch or subsidiary in UK in the same business and activities



Bring your family to the UK

Include your spouse and children (below the age of 18) on this program. Full work rights for the spouse.


Free education and healthcare

Benefit from free premium healthcare for you and your family. Benefit from free world class education for children below 18.


Open a UK business bank account

For the benefit of Open a UK Business bank account, its missing a full stop at the end. - Take advantage of one of the best economies in the world.


Obtain the British passport

Leads to permanent British residency and citizenship (rules apply). Have the freedom of movement with Visa-free access to more than 185 countries upon citizenship.