UK Sole Representative Visa
Don’t delay your application!
The UK Home Office has stated that they will be introducing new measures to the sole representative visa, which will make the application more rigorous. These new measures will be introduced from the 4 June 2020 onwards and seeks to impose more stringent tests for applicants.
Our expert immigration staff have set up an emergency team to submit applications before this deadline. Even if you do not have all your documents ready, we can still submit in an application. Our staff are rapid and deliver a quality service meaning that we can assure you that your documents will be submitted within 48 hours of receiving them.
It is also important to note that by applying now does not mean you have to immediately travel to the UK. Instead, you can keep your visa safely in your pocket for when you’re ready to make the move.
Our expert lawyers will leave you secure in the knowledge that you have the option to come and start up your new company whenever you are ready.
Book in a free legal consultation and keep ahead of the curb.
Is a Sole Representative Visa UK right for you?
The sole representative visa is designed to allow foreign national companies, which have not set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK, to send over a senior representative to start up their first commercial presence in the UK.
Unlike the old entrepreneur visa, which required an investment sum of £20,000, the sole representative visa does not have a minimum investment threshold. Instead, the focus will be on the merits of your business, and our expert lawyers have decades of experience to support your business proposal.
This visa is specifically targeted towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who may not necessarily have the capital to invest a full £20,000. It is perfect for those who wish to test how their company will fare in the UK market and provides certain exemptions to criteria needed in other visas. For example, there is no set number of employees you must recruit for your company.
Westkin Associates prides itself on its clear and transparent advice. We understand the value of honestly and will keep you informed of the potential opportunities, risks, and overall prospects of your application.
Speak to our business legal team for tailored advice on setting up your UK company by calling 0207 118 4546. Or book in a legal consultation now by clicking this link.
What is required for a sole representative visa?
The requirements for a sole representative visa are relatively straight forward. You will need to be:
• Applying from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)
• Capable of meeting the English language requirements
• Able to provide evidence that you can support your stay, as well as any dependents, without needing access to public funds or benefits.
Beyond this, you will need to meet the requirements designated for this specific visa. This means that you will need to show that you are a senior employee for a company based outside of the UK.
The Home Office will conduct checks to ensure:
• You have sufficient knowledge and experience in your field.
• You are a senior employee for an appropriate amount of time.
• That you have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the company.
• That the company is based and operates outside of the UK.
The company itself must be able to show that it will be successful in the UK and can expand.
To learn more about visa extensions book in a consultation with a senior lawyer or call us at 0207 118 4546.
How long can you stay on a sole representative visa?
Those hoping to secure a sole representative visa will be granted three years leave in the UK. During this period, it is expected that they will set up their branch company and will help the business to expand. Nearing the end of this period you can apply for an extension which will grant a further two years leave.
At the five-year point, applicants will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
The sole representative visa lasts for a period of three years and can be extended after this. The extension last for a further two years. After the holder has been in the UK for a total period of five years, they can then apply for permission to settle permanently in the United Kingdom.
Why choose Westkin Associates?
Westkin Associates has over eight decades of combined experience in UK immigration law with the UK’s best legal experts. We understand how confusing the process may be and will be constantly available to support you and to providing clear, honest advice.