Sole representation of an overseas company

This category is designed to allow individuals to set up a branch or wholly-owned subsidiaries for companies which are based overseas, enabling them to establish a commercial presence in the UK. To come to the UK as a sole representative of an overseas company, you must be a senior employee (but not a majority shareholder in the company) and the company must have no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK. If the company only has a legal entity in the UK and does not transact business and employs no staff, you may still be able to apply to come to the UK as its sole representative.

The Applicant must have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the company and the company must be able to demonstrate the reasons as to why the Applicant is appointed to come to the UK as a sole representative. You will also be expected to demonstrate competence in the English language. You may be able to apply for settlement after spending a continuous period of 5 years in the UK in this capacity.

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