UK Sole Representative Visa 2020 | The Ultimate Guide2020-07-07T14:02:31+00:00

UK Sole Representative Visa: Ultimate Guide

The fastest, most affordable route to UK residency in 2020. 90 Days. ONLY £22,500 ALL-IN. 

Looking to obtain UK residency without the need to invest from South Africa, Nigeria, India or further afield? The UK Sole Representative Visa, formally known as the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, offers non-EEA business executives and business owners the ability to obtain an entrepreneurship visa on the basis of establishing a UK branch for their existing business.

Find out more about how to obtain a UK Sole Rep Visa in 2020 below, or contact us now for more information.

How it works

The program enables senior representatives or minority shareholders of existing foreign businesses with an annual turnover of £60,000+ (£5,000+ per month) to gain long-stay UK business visas by establishing a UK branch or wholly owned subsidiary for their business. They then act as the sole representative for the new company branch in the UK. The visa is highly popular among the CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, MDs, and shareholders of foreign companies, and has seen a recent spike in applications from India, Hong Kong, South Africa and Nigeria, among other non-EEA countries.

The spouse and dependents of the Sole Representative Visa holder are allowed to reside, work and study in the UK – full time – making it an excellent choice for families whose children want to study in the UK. The UK sole representative and their dependent family members enjoy free NHS medical treatment access and free tuition for children under 18 years. Critically, your spouse will also be able to work full time, and our UK consultants facilitate the work permit application process as part of our inclusive services.

The business serving as the overseas parent company must have existed for a minimum period of 1 year prior to the application, and the business must not already have a UK branch.

The program currently does not require the business to do any minimum turnover, nor to employ any UK nationals, however the program requirements are set to become more stringent in late 2020. There are no additional investment or company capitalisation costs outside of the application fees, making this a low-risk, incredibly cost efficient UK visa solution for SMEs and companies seeking to test the waters in the UK.

The program also enables you to obtain UK business visas for additional senior employees and your family members.  A major advantage of the Sole Representative Visa is the fact that the holder is not required to remain in the UK full time, and their spouse and dependent can reside in the UK even if they are travelling in and out of the UK for business.

The Sole Representative Visa is initially issued and valid for a period of 3 years, after which it can be extended for an additional 2-year period. Once the visa holder has been in the UK for a total period of 5 years, they become eligible to apply for the right to permanently remain in the UK (permanent settlement status).

Key benefits of the Sole Representative Visa Program

  • Obtain UK residency for you, your spouse and your family in only 90 days

  • Establish a UK footprint for your business and grow your business internationally

  • No capital investment required

  • Clear path to UK citizenship

  • Relocate to the UK and secure your family’s future with ease.

How long is the UK Overseas Business Representative Visa Issued For?2020-06-07T16:43:43+00:00

As at June 2020, the UK Sole Representative Visa is issued for an initial period of 3 years, after which it can be renewed for a period of 2 more years. If you have spent more than 180 days per year in the UK during the initial 5 year period, you can become eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR).

If however, you have not spent 6 months per year in the UK, you can simply renew your visa again. Contact us now for more information.

Can my spouse work in the UK if I hold a UK Sole Representative Visa?2020-06-07T08:08:13+00:00

Yes, as at 5 June 2020, the spouse of a UK Overseas Business Representative Visa is legally allowed to work in the UK. We can assist your spouse with her work permit application as part of our inclusive program application fee. Contact us now for more information.

Can I get UK citizenship via the UK Sole Representative Visa Program?2020-06-07T08:08:46+00:00

Subject to you meeting the relevant requirements, holding a UK Overseas Business Representative Visa can lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain and eventual UK citizenship. A key requirement for this is that you will have to spend at least 180 days per year in the UK, and you would need to continually be able to support yourself without requirement financial assistance from the UK government. Contact us to learn more now.

What are the requirements for the UK Sole Representative Visa2020-06-07T08:09:16+00:00

As of 5 June 2020, the requirements for obtaining the UK Sole Rep Visa are as follows:

  1. The existing business you own or work for as a senior employee must be headquartered outside UK (EEA).

  2. The primary business must remain headquartered outside the UK

  3. The business must have a minimum turnover of £60,000+ per year

  4. The business must be older than 1 year.

  5. You must be able to support yourself and your dependents financially.

  6. You must have been recruited to the company outside the UK, and must be empowered to make business decisions on behalf of the company’s new UK branch.

  7. You have to be a minority shareholder in the overseas business (1% to 49% shareholding).

  8. You have to be fluent in English.

  9. A comprehensive branch business plan must accompany your application.

Contact us now for more information.

How long does it take to get a UK Sole Representative Visa2020-06-07T07:49:57+00:00

As of 5 June 2020, the average time required to obtain your UK Sole Representative Visa, including the issuance of your UK residency cards, is approximately 90 to 95 days. Contact us now for more information.

What is the required investment to obtain a UK Sole Representative Visa in 2020?2020-06-07T08:09:37+00:00

As of 5 June 2020, there is still no investment required to obtain a UK Sole Representative Visa. You are, however, required to supply proof of the means to support yourself and your family, and your business, being older than 12 months, must have an average monthly turnover of at least £5,000 (£60,000 per year). Contact us now for more information.


Key program requirements 2020

As of May 2020, applicants for the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The applicant must be a non-EEA national

  • They must be a senior employee, or a minority shareholder, in the non-EEA based business they’ll be representing in the United Kingdom.

  • The company employing them, or of which they’re a shareholder, must generate an annual turnover of £60,000 or more per year (£5,000+ per month). The company cannot have another branch in the UK already.

  • The applicant must have sufficient funds to maintain themselves without any need for financial support from the state.

  • They must be demonstrably fluent in English – depending on your country of origin and level of tertiary qualification, a language test may be required.

The application process 2020

Our UK partners offer a comprehensive and all-inclusive concierge service, and can assist you with the full application process, including visa renewals and the maintenance of your visa. The process steps are outlined below:

    • Collection of the requisite documentation from you

    • Review your documentation and ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which reduces the risk of your visa application being rejected.

    • Preparation of your UK branch business plan and facilitation of your application interview

    • Completion of application and submission

    • Company formation with Companies House

    • UK bank account setup

    • National Health Services (NHS) registration

    • Assistance with sourcing and purchase of a UK property, or the rental of a property, if required

    • Introduction to an accountant

    • Enrollment of your dependent children in schools or university.

    • Council with Register

    • Routine meetings and updates to ensure all visa requirements are continually met

    • Visa extension applications and assistance with your application to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (IRL) status.

NB: Please note that there is an English language testing requirement for this program if you’re applying from South Africa. 


Working closely with applicants, our seasoned consultants gain a detailed understanding of your current business, industry and expansion plans. We then help you compile a compelling business plan for your UK branch in the required format, ensuring that your application has the best chance of being approved.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, adding added peace of mind to the process.

Once your UK branch business plan is complete, we review it with you in detail to ensure that you can confidently discuss the particulars thereof during your consular interview in your country of current residence.


Disclaimer: The above information is intended as general guidance on the subject only, and was deemed accurate at the time of publication. The program is undergoing changes in 2020, and the accuracy or completeness of the information supplied is not guaranteed, and the publisher will not be held liable for its accuracy, or any losses, direct or indirect, suffered as a consequence of relying on this information. Speak to one of our advisors about your specific circumstances.

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