Key Sole Rep Visa Requirements 2020

If you can meet the below requirements, you and your family could gain UK residency in 3 months from today via the Sole Rep Visa program in 2020:

  1. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years or more.

  2. The applicant must be a minority shareholder (1% – 49% shareholding) or senior management member of a non-UK company. Supporting documentation for this would include an employment contract, confirmation of remuneration, as well as a job description and organisational chart indicating the role and seniority of the applicant.

  3. The employing foreign company must have a monthly turnover of £5,000+ (£60,000+ per year).

  4. The company cannot have a pre-existing presence in the UK. The branch or fully owned subsidiary of the overseas business must be engaged in the same type of business activity as the overseas business. A supporting letter outlining this should accompany the application.

  5. The overseas business is expected to continue trading, and may not move its headquarters to the UK – at least in the short term.

  6. The applicant must have been recruited to the overseas business, outside the UK.

  7. The applicant must have been an employee or shareholder of the overseas business for at least 12 months prior to their application for the UK Sole Representative Visa.

  8. The applicant must be fully authorised and empowered to make operational decisions on behalf of he UK business. This point must be confirmed by the employing overseas business letter in an official letter.

  9. The applicant must intend to work as the sole representative of the UK branch or subsidiary full time, however there is no minimum numbers of hours required in this regard.

  10. The UK Sole Representative is not allowed to pursue any business other business interests in his or her personal capacity or represent any third party interests. The applicant may also not take up any gainful employment outside of the branch or subsidiary they’ll be representing in the UK.

  11. The applicant must be demonstrably proficient in English, and may need to pass a proficiency test, depending on their country of origin.

  12. The applicant must be of good international standing, and must have a clear criminal record. The applicant must be able to prove that they are financially capable of taking care of and accommodating themselves and their dependent family members, without recourse to public funds.

To view the full official guidance for the Overseas on the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa (Sole Rep Program), click here.