This visa category applies to two specific types of individual:
- Sole representative
An employee of an overseas employer, who intends to be the ‘sole representative’ of that employer in the UK. This individual must intend to establish a commercial presence in the UK by operating a registered branch, or wholly owned subsidiary of that overseas business, in the UK. This UK branch will be expected to operate the same type of business activity as its overseas parent.
- Media representative
An employee of an overseas media company, such as a newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organisation, who is being posted by their employer on a long-term assignment in the UK. Please note that an overseas media company can have more than one representative in the UK at the same time.
For both categories of applicant, the individual must have been recruited and employed outside of the UK, and must intend to work full-time for their employer whilst in the UK. It should be noted that the applicant must not be a majority shareholder of their employer’s business.
Should the application be successful, you will be granted permission to enter and remain in the UK for up to three years, with the option to extend this leave for another two years. After this time has elapsed, you may wish to consider applying for indefinite leave to remain (“ILR”).
Encouragingly, successful applicants for this visa are allowed to bring dependants, such as a spouse and/or children under the age 18 to the UK with them. This will of course entail various financial requirements, as you, the applicant, will not have recourse to public funds.
You, as the applicant, will be required to show that you have met an English language requirement. We are happy to discuss and provide details of what this requirement entails.
Gherson has extensive experience of dealing with applicants considering this visa route. Please contact us should you have any questions or wish us to assist with your application.