The UK is the world’s 5th largest and the most profit-making market in the world. Since 2021, the nation has been offering abundant opportunities to overseas, willing business owners to set up their subsidiary or a branch in the UK market.
Additionally, you may need to know if the UK Sole representative visa is applicable for you or not and whether you fulfill all sole representative visa guidance.
You will be eligible to apply for a Sole Representative visa if:
- The business is actively trading and fully functional: the foremost is trading, a sole representative must ensure that the trading is genuine at all times.
- You meet financial requirements to sustain the business: there cannot be a successful business without enough funds; they must have a clear blueprint of finances before creating a business plan.
- A sole representative is any senior manager or an HR manager who has enough skills and experiences to make decisions for the organisation and hire skilled foreign nationals to work for the organisation: needless to say that sole representative should be a senior person in the company, capable enough to handle business in the UK.
Other requirements include:
- The headquarters must be fully operational in the overseas market
- The organisation is owned by parent firm
- The parent organisation is credible in the overseas market, skilled, knowledgeable and has the resources to work.
- The organisation has a Sole representative to make decisions on behalf of the parent organisation.
- A sole representative could also be an employee of a newspaper agency, news agency or a broadcasting company overseas.
Checklist of documents
- Your passport. Make sure it has blank pages, else you would have to apply for a fresh passport.
- All your travel documents
- Details of your accommodation in the UK
- Proof of identity and relationship with dependents
- Proof of English proficiency test
- A brief account of your organisation, its assets, liabilities and other account details.
- A document clarifying the company’s intention to set up a branch or a subsidiary in the UK
- The job role of a sole representative and salary
- Proof that you are employed outside the UK and would solely be working for the parent company.
Make a difference with your Business plan
A business plan is your explicit intention stating why your business needs to be set up in the UK. It would help if you highlighted that the business is fully functional and trading. The headquarters must be overseas where primary operations run.
You have a choice either your company can draft a business plan or you can also take an expert immigration solicitor’s advice, who can guide you through the various stages of the business plan through the following:
- Audio consultation and reviewing – an informal discussion about you, your business, and the purpose of the business plan through audio channel, preferably telephonic conversation.
- Blueprint of the business Plan – it takes 3-4 weeks to complete the draft business plan. It depends on the depth of the project, initial stage information and additional information, if needed
- Reviewing the Business Plan – After meticulous reviews and considerations, a well-spun business plan is made, reviewed and sent.
To obtain a UK sole representative visa, you will need to understand your business plan fully. An efficient and compelling business plan can avoid visa rejection. It may be interesting to take help from an immigration expert before deciding to present your business plan. A Y & J Solicitors provide bespoke solutions to your business; they have the best immigration lawyers in London to handhold your case.