A UK Sole Representative Visa is the immigration mechanism used by international companies to establish a commercial presence in London or elsewhere in the UK. Overseas businesses looking to send employees to the UK, there are many visa options to consider. Your choice will be determined by a number of factors, including the role of the employee, the nature of the activity, the time they plan to spend in the UK and the status of the company’s operations in the UK. The Sole Representative Visa permits companies to send a single employee to the UK to set up a branch or subsidiary.
What you need to know about the Sole Representative Visa?
The visa holder is allowed to work full-time in the UK for their employer. Their dependents can apply to join them, and they have the option to apply to extend their visa beyond the initial period granted and apply to settle in the UK after 5 years. However, the individual needs to have been employed by the overseas operation for at least 6 months and must not hold more than 50% of the shares in the overseas company.
What is the Sole Representative Visa processing time?
The processing time for a Sole Representation visa varies considerably.
as per UKVI guidance you should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
Can I extend this my sole representative visa UK?
You can apply to extend this visa for a further term, providing you continue to meet the requirements.
Does this visa lead to settlement?
Once you have extended your visa and you have been inside the UK for a continuous period of 5 years you may be eligible to settle in the UK.
Can I Naturalize as a British citizen?
Yes, after you have held Indefinite Leave to Remain for 1 year you may apply to Naturalization.
What about the spouse / children of the Sole Representative?
You may apply for the candidates spouse and children to accompany them as their dependents.
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