For any non-EEA business seeking to establish a presence in Europe, the Sole Representative Visa offers the means to expand your business in the UK whilst also streamlining the visa application process for a key individual. The criteria for eligibility are straightforward, the £546 fee is relatively modest, and the application process is usually completed within three months from start to finish.

Sole representatives must be able to show their level of professional expertise and, importantly, they must be employed by a recognised organisation prior to the application. Their role must, additionally, involve establishing a first commercial footprint in the UK. Under the terms of the visa, it is important to note, the visa is not available to major shareholders of the company in question – it is specifically aimed at employees. The scheme is additionally open to media employees on long-term assignments.

Trading benefits

From a business perspective, the advantage of a sole representative visa is that it allows for the establishment of long-term relationships. It is a tangible demonstration of a long-term commitment to doing business in the UK. By having a sole representative in the UK permanently, there is the additional benefit of developing a deep understanding of the UK’s marketplace, as well – under current conditions – as access to the EU. There are, in addition to the employee’s visa, other formalities that will need to be observed – e.g. registration at the Inland Revenue and Companies House.

Settlement rights

For the individual concerned, the sole representative visa also offers considerable advantages. The visa may be renewed once the initial three-year period of the visa has been completed by two further years – assuming that they are still in post with the original employer. Once five years have been completed, the employee earns the right to settle in the UK permanently, should they choose to do so.

For everyone involved, the Sole Representative Visa offers a straightforward and efficient way to begin to establish a foothold in Europe and to extend your business in the UK.

YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are specialist immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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