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The expansion worker visa replaced the Overseas/Sole Representative Visa. This status is designed to allow for senior employees and others to come to and live in the United Kingdom in order to establish a UK branch of a company.

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This status is designed to allow for senior employees and others to come to and live in the United Kingdom in order to establish a UK branch of a company. The worker must have been employed for 12 months by the overseas company. There is an exception to this, if they are a High Earner, they do not need to have spent a minimum period working for the company.

Clients benefit from a top-class service at a fixed fee, meaning that all of our prices are transparent and upfront, helping your company budget accordingly for the legal fees.

After 5 years, applicants can apply for settlement.

Allows you to bring dependents under the age of 18, and spouse or partner to the UK.

Dependents under the age of 18 entitled to free UK education.

I have had Westkin Associates help me and my family in obtaining a tier 1 visa, and later a tier 1 visa extension. I can say with certainty that not only is the staff extremely friendly and helpful, but they make you feel like they care about your application more than you do. They demonstrate this by being ultra-meticulous with their work and with the documentation checklists which they use. They are very particular about what they do down to the smallest details. I'd highly recommend them for any immigration matters.

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Detailed information about our Expansion Worker Visa service

Established in April 2022, the expansion worker visa is a direct replacement for the Overseas Representative Visa (which was also known as the Sole Representative of an overseas company visa). This status is designed to allow for senior employees and others to come to and live in the United Kingdom in order to establish a UK branch of a company.

The worker must have been employed for 12 months by the overseas company. There is an exception to this, if they are a High Earner, they do not need to have spent a minimum period working for the company.

How Do I Apply For An Expansion Worker Visa?

Requirements include proof of a UK footprint for the proposed branch in the UK, evidence of the overseas company’s trading presence in its home country, evidence of the planned expansion in the UK.

What Does A UK ‘Footprint’ Mean As A Requirement Of The Expansion Worker?

A UK footprint is defined as having a registered company in the UK or a business premises in the UK. It does not mean a UK trading history. It is important that the UK company must not have undertaken any active trading before the visa is granted. Westkin can guide on this issue and assist in company formation and registration as part of our overall visa preparation fee.

How Do I Show Evidence Of A Planned Expansion In The UK For The Expansion Worker?

Usually this done by the preparation a business plan with supporting evidence which will also help to show the genuineness of the expansion and application. Westkin support you with the preparation of the business plan as part of our project management of the application, but within appropriate ethical guidelines.

How Much Does A High Earner Need To Be Paid Under The Expansion Worker Rules?

A high earner is defined as someone earning £73,900 per year in the UK. This does not need to be a pre-existing salary. The income needs to be earned going forward once the Expansion Worker Visa status is granted. As an alternative, those who are being promised a salary of under 73,900 per year will need to have worked for the overseas company for 12 months.

How Much Does An Expansion Worker Need To Be Paid As A Minimum?

If the applicant is not a High Earner, then they will need to be paid a minimum of £42,400 per year or the ‘going rate’ for their job title. This is not an amount that needs to have been earned previously, rather it is the amount of income that is due to be paid once the visa is granted and the applicant starts work in the UK.

Westkin provide complete project management of all the steps and assists obtaining the documents where appropriate so you are left to build your life in the United Kingdom, with your family and to establish the UK business.

To book an appointment today for a UK Expansion Worker Visa to setup an overseas branch in the UK contact our London immigration lawyers on 0207 118 4546 or via info@westkin.com, we look forward to working with you

FAQS

Your frequently asked questions

This visa allows individuals to come to the United Kingdom and set up a branch of a foreign company.
This Visa is Opened to all businesses and all sectors.
No, this is not true. The visa is split into 2 parts, an initial part which lasts for 12 months to allow you to set up the UK branch, once this is done then indefinite leave can be obtained 5 years after that.
Yes, it remains the primary visa category for businesspeople to come to the UK to expand their business and you can apply for this visa with Westkin's help.
Westkin provides a complete umbrella service that takes you from the initial application to come to the United Kingdom all the way to the point where you obtain British nationality.

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