UK immigration Solicitors are the UK’s leading investment migration specialists. This means that we assist those who wish to migrate to the UK with their families in order to pursue investment or business opportunities. The UK Government currently has various immigration programmes that are suited for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators. Sadly the vastly popular “Entrepreneur Route” was closed in March 2019 and since then there has been a lot of confusion as to whether there really is a viable alternative to achieve residence and citizenship for your family. The UK has long had established programmes for those who are willing to invest £2/5/10 million GBP but this is a very specialist category that is available and indeed feasible for very few people. Luckily for you, the corporate team at UK Immigration Solicitors have been working hard to ensure that viable business migration routes remain available. Presently, we are very excited to be gaining significant traction on our Sole Representative Programme.
What is the Sole Representative Programme?
The Sole Representative Programme (Sole Rep) is designed for those people who have a senior or in some cases proprietary role in a well established and profitable business based outside of the UK. It allows the overseas business to nominate an individual to establish a branch or representative office in the UK for the overseas business. Although there are many requirements and conditions to be satisfied, it essentially allows successful applicants along with their dependants (spouse and children) to obtain residency and ultimately British citizenship in the UK. It requires minimal investment and really offers a fantastic opportunity for suitable candidates that want to come to the UK to better their business prospects and their futures.
- The UK is a popular go to destination as it offers fantastic benefits such as:
- Excellent global trade relations
- High levels of trade partner trust and confidence
- Excellent public healthcare
- World rated education facilities
- UK passport holders also enjoy extensive visa free travel and strong consular support
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You will need to prove:
- Is a genuine, trading business;
- Has no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK;
- Intends to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK, operating in the same type of business as the overseas business;
- Intends to maintain the centre of its operations overseas.
You will also need to demonstrate that you:
- Are a senior employee in the business;
- Have been recruited outside of the UK;
- Have full authority to take operational decisions on behalf of the business;
- Do not hold more than 50% of the shares in the business;
- Do not intend to take employment other than for your business;
- Are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level A1 (speaking and listening);
- Can maintain and accommodate yourself and your dependents.
The exact requirements that you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. Speak to our team now for expert advice.
Is your business eligible to establish a UK branch or subsidiary?
For an employee to qualify for a UK Overseas Business Representative visa, the parent company must have its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK. The overseas business must also have an established presence outside the UK and be genuinely trading. If the parent company already has a representative or branch in the UK, then the business will be excluded. Even where there is no representative in the UK, the business will be disqualified if the employee setting up a branch or subsidiary in the UK would involve the business effectively moving the centre of its business operations to the UK.
Can you be a shareholder?
Can Sole Representatives be shareholders?
The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a Sole Representative visa is not a majority shareholder in the overseas business. This means that the applicant must not own more than 50% of the available shares in the business at the point of application. Existing majority shareholders may qualify for a Sole Representative visa if they reduce their shareholding prior to applying. For further information regarding the shareholding requirement for a Sole Representative visa, contact our corporate immigration team now
Can you take family members?
Can a Sole Representative bring family members to the UK?
Yes. A Sole Representative of an Overseas Business may bring, or be joined by, their spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner and any children under the age of 18. Unfortunately, as with most other categories of the Immigration Rules, Sole Representatives cannot bring their parents, siblings or other extended family members.
How long does it take?
How long will it take for my UK Representative of an Overseas Business visa application to be decided?
Most Sole Representative visa applications are decided within 3 weeks. Many visa application centres outside the UK also offer a priority service which allows Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa applicants to receive a decision on their applications for entry clearance within 5 working daysven apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.
Can I extend the visa?
How can I extend my Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa?
If your application for a Sole Representative visa is approved, you will be given permission to enter and remain in the UK for up to 3 years initially. Beyond this, you will need to submit a further application for leave to remain, which would be valid for 2 years. In order to qualify for an extension of stay as a Representative of an Overseas Business, you will need to still be working for the same employer as when your initial visa was issued and still be working to establish the parent company’s first presence in the UK. The employer’s headquarters and principal place of business must still be outside the UK. You will need to show that you have generated business (principally with UK firms) on behalf of your employer since you were granted the visa and that you are in receipt of a salary from your employer. Our specialist team can ensure that your extension application is professionally presented and technically correct.
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What is the benefit of using UK Immigration Solicitors?
Immigration rules are complex and subject to regular changes and revisions. This itself presents problems as it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and have complied with any changes to the routes, processes and evidence requirements.
Failure to meet strict rules is likely to result in the application being refused which, in turn, is likely have an emotional and financial strain on you and your family.
It is our job to ensure we are fully aware of the latest immigration rules, policies and procedures. We don’t leave matters to chance. Once you become a client of ours, we explain our strategy and tell you exactly how we propose to get you the right result. We will pinpoint the positives and negatives of your circumstances and explain where issues may arise and what would need to be done to fix them. We provide step by step guidance and advice throughout the entire process professionally. Our vast experience allows us to foresee problems before they arise and pro-actively adopt a strategic action plan.
Our legal fees are always agreed and fixed with you right at the beginning of your case, so you have complete peace of mind and control over the costs to ensure there are no restrictions or unpleasant surprises.
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We have illustrated our typical scope of service below so you can understand what we do for you as paid of our service:
- Our immigration specialists carry out a free detailed assessment with you to understand your circumstances and needs.
- The collated information is then reviewed by a senior immigration solicitor who will have no less than 8 years’ immigration experience.
- Based on the information collected, the senior solicitor will then confirm what your options are and will also confirm if we are able to help you.
- We will offer you an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation for us to handle your entire case until initial conclusion without obligation.
- If we have officially taken your instructions, we will create a client file for you and collect detailed initial information.
- We will then ensure you receive a personalised one-to-one legal consultation with a senior immigration solicitor who will take your full instructions by exploring your circumstances in detail and advise you on the best way to meet your objectives. The solicitor will explain the relevant legislations and provide you with advice on the steps that we would need to take to get a successful result.
- The senior solicitor who carried out your legal consultation will then send you detailed written legal advice explaining everything that needs to be done and which documents will be required as part of the process. We will tell you about any problem areas and formulate a strategy to overcome/mitigate these.
- We will carefully review any documents that you have provided in support of the application. These documents are then validated and formatted to ensure that they meet the UKVI specified evidence requirements. Where they do not, we will explain what needs to be done to address the issues.
- Where required, we will prepare any necessary written legal arguments or representations that are required to support your application and gain an approval. Often, we may be required to make discretionary submissions.
- We will complete a draft application and share this with you to ensure that all parties are happy with the representations that will be submitted to the Home Office.
- We advise you on what application processing routes are available. In some cases, there are fast track or premium processing routes available. We may be required to book a Home Office appointment on your behalf. Will also be able to confirm typical processing times for any processing centre in the world. We explain all options, routes and fees comprehensively allowing you to make the best choice.
- We lodge the application on your behalf using our secure authenticated processes. Whilst your application is pending, we continue to ensure you receive maximum legal protection and ensure that your rights and allowances are upheld throughout the processing stage. We ensure that you are aware of and remain compliant with the immigration rules and regulations during this period. We will also keep you updated on the progress of your matter.
- If any follow up work is required in response to any queries raised by the UKVI, we will also deal with these as part of the comprehensive service.
- We secure a decision on your matter and further advise you on the relevant implications of that decision. If required, we will also confirm if any secondary applications are required and brief you on the necessary process and procedure for those also.
Why should you use Immigration Solicitors to help me?
Here are just some of the reasons to choose us:
- We are the UK’s #1 Immigration Specialist Law Firm
- We are a fully SRA regulated law firm so you are working directly with our in house legal team
- No agencies, middlemen or outsourcing
- We have achieved 99% success rate across all application types
- We have a 24 hour helpline that operates 7 days a week – 365 days a year
- We have multiple offices across the UK but 90% of our clients are not required to visit in person
- We have more than 60 years combined immigration expertise
- Our team have handled more than 8,000 cases
- We offer a free initial assessment which will explain your options and check your eligibility for your chosen route
- We operate a 100% Agreed Fixed Fee model with all fees fixed and agreed before work is started
- 98% of our clients would recommend us to family & friends
- Our average rating is 4.6/5 across major review platforms (based on over 2000 reviews).
What is Free Needs Assessment?
The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.
The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.
Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.
If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.
The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.
If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.
This is a separate service and is chargeable at the prevailing rates.
Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers.