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What is a Sole Representative Visa?

The Sole Representative Visa immigration route is meant for the high-level employee of an overseas business that wants to establish its branch/es in the UK. This visa provides them with a strong option to send a representative of the organisation to oversee its business operations in the United Kingdom. By acquiring this visa, an individual is able to live and work in the UK for 3 years. It is also possible to bring dependants to the UK after getting this visa.

Currently, the United Kingdom has the fifth-largest economy in the world with a booming economy. This provides huge opportunities for organisations from overseas to expand their business operations. A Sole Representative Visa can be used by an overseas business to create a presence in the UK and test the competitive market.

Duration of the UK Sole Representative Visa

Initially, the UK Sole Representative Visa is granted for a duration of three years. However, it is allowed to extend the visa by fulfilling the requirements set out by UKVI. A period of two years is granted as a form of visa extension. After this time, the applicants are able to apply for permanent settlement in the UK.

UK Sole Representative Visa Vs Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

The process to acquire the UK Sole Representative Visa is more straightforward than acquiring a Tier 1 Visa. The individual won’t need to meet the Genuine Entrepreneur Test or have funds of £200,000 for the Sole Representative Visa.


Sole Representative Visa Process

These are the eligibility criteria that you must satisfy for the UK Sole Representative Visa:

Eligibility Criteria for UK Sole Representative Visa Extension

There are certain requirements for the extension UK Sole Representative Visa extension:

Limitations of Residing in the UK

There are certain limitations while residing in the UK as a Sole Representative Visa holder:

Dependants of the UK Sole Representative Visa Holder

It is possible to bring dependants as a UK Sole Representative Visa Applicant. As an applicant, you have to draft a separate application for your dependants (including spouse, unmarried partner, or children under 18) after receiving the UK Sole Representative Visa. However, you have to make sure that you access sufficient funds to fulfil the maintenance requirements in the UK. Your dependants won’t need to pass the English language requirement test.

Sole Representative Visa Refused

If your Sole Representative Visa gets refused, it would be recommended to request an administrative review or judicial review if required. However, it is always better to contact the immigration experts at Osbourne Pinner to analyse the real reasons behind the refusal and prepare the best application for a successful visa.

The Requirement of IELTS for the Sole Representative Visa

All the applicants of a UK Sole Representative Visa must verify their proficiency in the English language to enter the country. In December 2019, the British government and the immigration department made an announcement that IELTS for UKVI will be required to get the visa.

ILR or Settlement After Acquiring Sole Representative Visa

After getting the UK Sole Representative Visa, you will be able to reside in the UK for 3 years legally. The government and the immigration department expect you to expand and develop the overseas business during this period. After these three years, when you have completed all the required responsibilities, you will be allowed to apply for a leave to remain to remain in the country for 2 more years. You can only apply for naturalisation a year after you acquire settled status. An applicant has to reside for 6 years in the UK to apply for British citizenship.

The Requirements for Naturalisation:

It is highly recommended to contact our immigration experts for a smooth process from acquiring the Sole Representative Visa to acquiring British citizenship.

Step 1: Contacting Osbourne Pinner Solicitors

Time Taken: 1 day

The initial consultation will help us understand your requirements and objectives with the visa process. We will provide complete guidance about the UK immigration process and relevant information to continue with your visa application. After finalising your requirement, we will move to the next stage of immigration.

Step 2: Drafting the Application

Time Taken: 4-8 weeks

Our team of expert immigration solicitors will be preparing all the necessary evidence and maintain strict compliance with the changing UK immigration rules. We will be filling all the forms and submitting them within the right time to the Home Office for you.

Step 3: Waiting for Decision on the Application

Time Taken: 3-4 Weeks

The UK Home Office takes around 3 weeks to decide on a Sole Representative Visa application. If your application gets approved, you are able to move to the UK and represent an overseas business. This process could be challenging for newcomers to the UK. However, strong assistance from our experienced team of immigration solicitors can save you from any kind of trouble.

Step 4: Extending Your Visa

Time Taken: 8-10 weeks

If you want to extend your stay in the country, then our team can provide the best advice for visa extension. They will be examining your compliance with your current visa and help you gather the necessary documents to get a successful extension. It is conceivable to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or a British passport once your Sole Representative visa expires. Our team will provide you with complete support for extending your visa or settling in the UK.

Step 5: Indefinite Leave to Remain

Time Taken: 6 months

After extending your Sole Representative Visa, you are able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). This application can be easily prepared with the help of our immigration experts; they can also prepare you for the Life in the UK Test and English Requirement Test. This would increase your chances of a permanent residency in the UK. However, it is important to reside in the UK lawfully.

Step 6: The Path to British Passport

Time Taken: 3-6 months

After receiving the status of indefinite leave to remain, it is possible to apply for British citizenship. This would also give you access to a British passport. Our dedicated team of immigration experts can help you to prepare and apply for naturalisation. You will be required to pledge allegiance to the UK if your application gets approved. For more information about the UK immigration laws and British citizenship, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our immigration solicitors.

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