UK Sole Representative Visa

Open Overseas Branch of Your Business in the United Kingdom

Overview of UK Sole Representative Visa

Most business investors dream of investing in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is a world leader in research and development. In addition to its most famous universities, it has one of the largest economies in the world. A country with the largest purchasing power and growing income economy has become the 14th most favored in the world. And now you can work, live, and become a citizen of the UK with only a few formalities with a sole representative visa. This program is for senior employees/executives and managers of businesses without a UK office or branch. The applicant cannot hold more than 50% of the company or should be a minority shareholder.

Eligibility Criteria

To enter the UK as a representative of an overseas business, the individual must either:
  • Be a senior employee from an overseas business wishing to establish a UK branch or subsidiary
  • The sole representative plans to set up either a UK branch or a fully owned subsidiary of an already established overseas business
  • Additional eligibility requirements:

    • Non-EU citizens
    • Should have sufficient money to sustain themselves without government funds
    • Should have the minimum language competency

    UK Sole Representative Visa Validity:

  • For the initial visa, the validity period is three years
  • Upon completion, the visa is extended for another two years
  • Citizenship can be applied for in the 6th year
  • Requirements for the sole representative visa UK

    • It is only to expand the business that the branch in the UK will be opened, as the parent company or headquarter will operate from outside of the UK. It is necessary to provide proof of the company’s assets, accounts, and share ratio distribution from previous year
    • A senior employee of the overseas business is the representative. A letter of appointment, confirmation of employment (copy of the contract), and confirmation of salary are required. The job description for responsibilities to be performed in the UK can also be provided
    • A majority shareholder of an overseas business cannot apply
    • In the UK, there is no branch or subsidiary of the overseas business
    • Representative has full authority and complete power to make decisions for UK branch
    • Business operations in the UK should be similar to overseas operations
    • An applicant is able to handle finances on their own and does not depend on public funds
    Scroll to Top