How to get a sole representative visa in 3 steps (in 2019)

How to get a sole representative visa in 3 steps (in 2020)

1. Step [1]: Are you eligible?✅

In order to be eligible, you must be someone who:
  • is applying from outside the EEA;
  • has sufficient funds with which you will be able to support yourself;
  • meet the English language requirement;

This can be done by either:

    • passing the English language test;
    • having an academic qualification taught in the English language which is   the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD
  • is recruited and employed outside the UK by a company the headquarters and principal place of business of which is outside the UK;
  • possesses extensive industry-related experience and knowledge;
  • holds a senior position within the company, but not be a major shareholder;
  • possesses full authority to make decisions on the company’s behalf in respect of the UK entity;
  • intends to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the UK, for example, a registered branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary;

This visa also applies to those employed by an overseas newspaper or broadcasting organisation and are being posted here on a long-term assignment.

You cannot be employed by the parent company and act only as a sales agent (i.e. be hired by a company to sell or distribute their products within the UK, but working for yourself and providing your services for a fee).

2. Step [2]: Important documents needed for your application:✅

You will need to provide:
  • a current passport or other valid travel identification;
  • evidence that you can support yourself and any dependents, in the form of bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months;
  • details of your accommodation;
  • proof that you meet the English Language requirement;
  • details of the company’s assets and accounts;
  • confirmation that the company will establish a wholly-owned subsidiary or register a branch in the UK in the same business activity as the parent company;
  • a letter describing your job, employment contract and salary details.

3. Step [3]: Applying Online:✅

To apply for a visa, you will need to complete the application form and answer in English.

You will need: 

  • pay for the visa fee online;
  • pay the health surcharge;
  • provide your biometrics (fingerprints and facial photograph);
  • provide your tuberculosis test results (if you are resident in a country where you must take the test);
  • provide your passport and other supporting evidence.

4. Other things to consider:✅

To apply for a visa, you will need to complete the application form and answer in English.

Extending your visa 

  • You should apply before your current visa expires and you must apply online;
  • You should also add any dependants who are already on your current visa;
  • You must remain employed by the same employer as described in your previous visa;
  • You should still be continuing to establish the company’s first presence in the UK;
  • You must be in the UK to extend your visa;
    • You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
  • A Representative of an Overseas Business visa can be extended for up to 2 years after the original visa duration of 3 years;
  • Once you have been in the UK for 5 years and remain employed by the same company, you may apply to settle.

Bringing Family 

  • Your dependants can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa. Your family members must have a visa if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;
  • A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:
    • your husband, wife or partner
    • your child under 18
  • Family members must apply online and will need to have their biometric information taken for the application process;
  • It is best to submit your dependants’ applications at the same time as yours.


  • For each person applying, you’ll need to pay:
  • £704 to extend this visa
  • The healthcare surcharge
  • £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.
    • In order to provide biometric information, make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point in order to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).


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