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Representative of Overseas Business

United Kingdom

The Representative of Overseas Business Visa program gives overseas companies a route to establish a commercial presence in the UK. This is a great opportunity to test the UK and European markets by sending a representative to establish and operate a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary. Unlike the Tier 1 Visa program, there are no requirements for minimum investment, job creation or profitability.


This program allows a senior employee of an overseas company to gain residency in the United Kingdom for the purpose of establishing a commercial presence in the UK or Europe. The UK company may be either a registered branch or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the parent company.

  • Representative must be recruited and employed outside of the UK by the company which they intend to represent in the UK and have been employed for at least six months.
  • The employee must hold a senior position in the organization.
  • The sole representative should not have a shareholding of more than 20%.
  • The employee must be able to support themselves without help from public funds. This means they should have a minimum salary of £25,000.
  • The UK company must be a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of a foreign company.
  • Ideally, the company will already be doing business in the UK or Europe. As part of the application, you will need to justify why the company wants to set up business in the UK.
  • Must be the first commercial presence in the UK. The parent company must not have any branch, subsidiary or another representative in the UK.
  • The employee must meet the English language requirement – IELTS band score of at least 4.

Program Highlights

Approval Time

3 Months


Spouse and dependent children under 18 years of age can be included.

Residency Requirement

Must reside for 6 months per year in the UK to be eligible for permanent residency.

Citizenship Eligibility

After six years of residency. Must reside 9 months per year in the UK.

Visa-Free Travel

160 countries after obtaining citizenship

Dual Citizenship


Language Requirements

IELTS band score of at least 4

The Perfect Place to Call Home

The United Kingdom is the perfect gateway to the European economy and culture. It’s location makes travel within Europe and transatlantic travel a breeze.

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