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Representative of an Overseas Business Entry Clearance

The following are requirements that an individual seeking entry clearance as a sole representative of an overseas business needs to meet.

  • The prospective sole rep must be an employee and have been recruited outside the UK for a business whose principal place of operation is outside the UK.
  • The prospective representative on an overesas business is seeking entry clearance into the UK
  • The prospective sole rep is a senior position at the overseas business, having no existing presence in the UK and has full authority to make key business decisions on behalf of the overseas business as it relates to representing it in the UK.

The prospective sole representative may be an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation sent to the UK on a long-term official work by an overseas business as its only representative

The application must show that the applicant intends to and will be the only representative of the overseas business in the UK. It is important to note, that the sole rep must not be a majority shareholder in the overseas company.

Entry clearance applications under the representative of an overseas business visa category must show that the sole rep intends to engage in the business full time whilst in the UK and will not take up any additional job.

The applicant must also demonstrate sufficient competence of the use of English language. Paragraphs 2(b) or 2(c) specifies competency to the basic user standard in addition the applicant been able to converse using everyday expressions.

Meeting the English language requirement also means that they must pass an approved English language test (IELTS). The certificate must clearly show the applicant’s name, qualification and award date.

The sole rep must have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed to be an equivalent of a bachelor’s degree by UK NARRIC. Such an academic qualification must not be a professional or vocational qualification. The qualification must also have been taught in English.

The applicant would also need to show that they can support themselves financially in the UK without recourse to public funds.

Feel free to contact us if you have have any immigration enquiry. Alternatively see our frequently asked questions on the representative of an overseas business visa route.

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