You can apply for entry clearance (visa) for the UK as a sole representative if you are:

  • the sole representative of an overseas company, intending to set up a wholly owned subsidiary or register a UK branch for an overseas parent company; or
  • an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation who is being posted on a long-term assignment as a representative of your overseas employer.

Eligibility requirements

An applicant must be either:

  • an overseas media employee employed by an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation and posted by their employer on a long-term assignment in the UK
  • the sole representative in the UK of an overseas employer who intends to establish and operate a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK
    and
  • have been recruited and employed outside the UK
  • intend to work full-time and only as a representative of that overseas business

The employer must have its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK, and where the applicant is seeking entry as a sole representative, the company has no other branch, subsidiary or representative in the UK.
An overseas media company can have more than one representative in the UK at the same time under the sole representative category.

All applicants must meet the basic standard in English language.

You cannot switch into category from inside the UK and the initial application can only be made through an entry clearance from outside the UK.

Sole Representative of Overseas Business

You can apply for entry clearance as sole representative of an overseas employer who intends to establish a commercial presence by operating a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of that overseas business in the UK: that branch or subsidiary will operate in the same type of business activity as the overseas business.

For you to make a successful application as a sole representative of an overseas business, you must:

  • be recruited and employed outside the UK by the employer they intend to represent in the UK
  • intend to work full-time for the organisation
  • not intend to take any other employment
  • be applying to be the sole representative in the UK of an overseas employer who intends to establish and operate a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of that overseas business in the UK: that branch or subsidiary will operate in the same type of business activity as the overseas business
  • not be a majority shareholder in that overseas business
  • be a senior employee of the overseas company
  • have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the overseas business for the purpose of representing it in the UK
  • obtain entry clearance in this category before arrival in the UK and present it to an border force officer on arrival
  • provide evidence that you can maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds
  • meet the required standard in English language

You employer must have:

  • its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK
  • no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK

If there is already a branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK, employees must apply under the points-based system.

Sole Representative of Overseas Media Company

You can apply for entry clearance as sole representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation and you are being posted by their employer on a long-term assignment for them in the UK.

For you to make a successful application as a sole representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, you must:

  • be recruited and employed outside the UK by the employer you intend to represent in the UK
  • intend to work full-time for the organisation
  • not intend to take any other employment
  • be based mainly in the UK and working on a UK long-term assignment
  • obtain entry clearance in this category before arrival in the UK and present it to a border force officer on arrival
  • provide evidence you can maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds
  • meet the required standard in English language

Applicants are usually journalists, but may be other employees, for example:

  • producers
  • news cameramen
  • front-of-camera personnel

Your employer must have its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK. An overseas media company can have more than one representative in the UK at the same time.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Sole Representative Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for sole representative Visa for the UK. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your sole representative visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

We can represent you in your entry clearance application and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • assessing chances of success in your application based on your qualifications, skills, experience, availability of funds for investment, English language requirement and funds for maintenance;
  • referring you to an accountant who can provide you with help and assistance with the preparation of business plan to be submitted in support of the application for sole representative visa;
  • reviewing the business plan to ensure that it satisfies the genuineness test of the Home Office, UKVI and liaising with the Accountant to ensure that the business plan is revised as necessary;
  • advising client on the weaknesses and strengths of the business plan;
  • preparing the client for interview by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) in relation to the sole representative visa application and discussing with the client possible questions to be asked by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) during the interview;
  • the completion of the paper or online application form;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application;
  • considering the contents of such documents and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application; and
  • preparing a cover letter wherein we will explain in detailed how all the relevant requirements of the entry clearance as sole representative are being satisfied. In particular, we will address the potential issue of the genuineness of the applicant as a sole representative;
  • submission of online application, paying the visa fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on behalf of the applicant and booking an appointment for the applicant with the application centre for handing over of the application pack to the Application Centre for consideration by the ECO;
  • doing all the follow up work on the sole representative visa application until a decision is received from the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fees for UK Sole Representative Visa Application

  • We will charge you a fee from £2,000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as sole representative. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your sole representative application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your sole representative visa for the UK, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your sole representative visa application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office UK visa fee and the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

 

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