UKVI receive increase in number of Sole Representative Visa applications

The UK in particular London is known for its multi-cultural and diverse society. London is the home to numerous businesses from across the globe. Recent reports have suggested that the UK is the number one investment destination in Europe for overseas businesses. It is no coincidence that there has been an unprecedented increase in Sole Representative Visas as this particular visa allows businesses from outside the EEA to send personnel to set up a part of their existing business in the UK. This particular visa also allows Applicants to extend their visa multiple times.

Sole Representative Visas can be made by LEXVISA Solicitors

What is a Sole Representative Visa?

A Sole Representative Visa allows overseas businesses who are registered outside the European Economic Area to set up a part of their business in the UK. To apply for a Sole Representative visa you must apply from outside the EEA and be able to demonstrate you meet the requirements. The important point to consider is that you will only be granted a Sole Representative if you can demonstrate that you have been recruited and employed outside the UK by a business who has registered that their principal place of business is outside the UK.

In addition to the above, you must also demonstrate that you hold a senior position within the business and have the capacity to make decisions on its behalf. What makes this particular visa so popular is that it allows you to work for your employer full time in the UK, extend your visa multiple times and have your family join you in the UK. This visa could also potentially lead to settlement privileges in the UK following a successful 5 year period.

Application for Leave to Remain under the Sole Representative Visa (Overseas Media Employees)

You will be granted Leave to Remain under a Sole Representative Visa as an Overseas Media Employee if you meet the following requirements. You must have initially entered the UK as a Sole Representative of an overseas business and must have worked for the same employer who you were granted Entry Clearance to work for in the UK.  You will continue to demonstrate that you can maintain and accommodate yourself (and your dependents if applicable).

In addition to the above, you must also show that the employer still requires your assistance and this must be certified by the employer in a letter. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have received a salary; this can be done by providing bank statements and payslips which correspond.

Application for Leave to Remain under the Sole Representative Visa (Sole Representative)

You will be granted Leave to Remain under a Sole Representative Visa as a Sole Representative if you meet the following requirements. Similarly like Overseas Media Employee’s you must have initially entered the UK as a Sole Representative of an overseas business and must have worked for the same employer who you were granted Entry Clearance to work for in the UK.  You will continue to demonstrate that you can maintain and accommodate yourself (and your dependents if applicable).

To be granted Leave to Remain you must provide evidence that you will be continuing as a senior employee with the capacity to make operational decisions. You should also be able to prove that the overseas business still has its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK.

Using Legal Representation to Apply for a Sole Representative Visa

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct a legal representative to submit a Sole Representative Visa application or an application for Leave to Remain as a Sole Representative of an overseas company.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successful Sole Representative Visa Applications and Leave to Remain Applications

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your applications before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration or visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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