This visa can be applied for if you are a sole representative of an overseas Business in the UK as an employee of that Business.
This visa is valid for three years. However, if necessary, it can be extended by a further two years. At the end of the five years you may wish to apply for ILR status.
Applicants for this immigration route fall under two categories:
The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa is for senior employees of overseas Businesses. The intention in using this visa would be to fix a commercial presence in the UK in addition to running a UK branch or wholly owned subsidiary of the Business.
Representative of an overseas media organisation
This is granted to an employee aiming to fulfil a long-term assignment in the UK. The assignment can be for overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.
The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business:
You must be financially stable enough to support yourself and your dependents without any aid from public funds. Additionally, you must meet the English Language requirement.
If establishing a UK presence is something your Business has been working on but is not currently operational, you may replace a previous sole representative.
Representative of an Overseas Media Organisation:
You can apply if you are posted with a long-term assignment in the UK as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.
English Language Requirement:
It may be necessary to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply. You can evidence the English language requirement of Level A1 in one of three methods:
You should apply for this visa no more than 3 months before you aim to travel.
A decision on your visa should be received within 3 weeks (when applying from outside the UK).
You can apply for Priority Service with additional cost if applicable in your country. Additional cost varies according to each individual visa application centre.
Priority Service: Collection within 5 working days
Super Priority Service: Collection within 24 hours
This visa is valid for three years (whether you arrive in the UK on this visa or apply for a visa switch from within the UK). You can extend for a further two years if necessary and develop into being eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
No, you may not switch to the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa from another visa.
You should make an application for a UK Sole Representative visa no more than 3 months before you intend to travel. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
If you are applying outside the UK- and your country provides a Priority Service you can take this up by paying an additional fee. If you opt for the standard Priority Service collection is usually within 5 working days. If a Super Priority Service is available collection time is usually within 24 hours.