Representative Visa

This route is specifically for overseas businesses that want to create a branch/subsidiary in the UK. A senior employee (sole representative) of the overseas business can apply to reside in the UK to undertake the task of opening the UK branch/subsidiary.

The representative (employee) should be authorised to make decisions on the company’s behalf and have the authority to establish and operate a registered branch/subsidiary.

The initial visa is granted for 3 years with the ability to extend for a further two years. Family members by way of a partner and dependent(s) under the age of 18 can also apply for the same term as the main applicant.  The sole representative and family members can apply for settled (permanent) status after completing 5 years of residence in the UK.

Under this route the overseas business is not required to demonstrate accessibility to a certain level of investment funds before they venture to the UK to establish their commercial presence. Under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa the applicant was required to demonstrate access to £200,000 for the purposes of their investment in the UK. There is no such requirement under the sole representative visa.

In terms of requirements the overseas business must show evidence of their business activity including assets and accounts. A detailed business plan setting out details of the proposed branch/subsidiary is also included as part of the requirements.

Our expert team are happy to discuss the route and the requirements in more detail.

Is income from all offices around the world subject to UK tax regime, or just the new UK office?
Open Is income from all offices around the world subject to UK tax regime, or just the new UK office?

No. UK earnings are only subjected to UK Tax regime.

What are the total costs of setting up a office in the UK?
Open What are the total costs of setting up a office in the UK?

It is difficult to answer this question accurately, but is likely to be in the region of £9,000 or more.

Cost depends on the size of your business, office size etc.

Our fees are likely to be approximately £6,000+VAT. There are various disbursements including £610 Home Office Fee and £1200 IHS Fee.

It is unlikely my personal bank account has ample funds, is that an issue?
Open It is unlikely my personal bank account has ample funds, is that an issue?

It would be fine so long as your salary is reflected by your bank accounts.

Is there an expected investment in the first three years that needs to be outlined in the business plan?
Open Is there an expected investment in the first three years that needs to be outlined in the business plan?

A business plan is a forecast of projected business operations including investment. However, markets change and may mean that you require more investment or less investment in the UK office.

In the initial stages, the company needs to establish itself and therefore requires investment.

What is the minimum balance the company should have for this application?
Open  What is the minimum balance the company should have for this application?

The turnover is considered not the current balance. The company needs to be well established overseas and prove that the Head Office can handle the expenses of the UK office when required. However, there is no minimum balance.

What is the percentage of tax for a company in UK ?
Open  What is the percentage of tax for a company in UK ?

The company pays corporation tax, at the following rates:

Small profits rate
(companies with profits under £300,000)
19%

Main rate
(companies with profits over £300,000)
30%

What are the running costs for the UK branch?
Open  What are the running costs for the UK branch?

It depends upon the company’s expenditure such as cost for rental premises, employees, computes and technology , stationery, company vehicles etc.

What are the common reasons for refusal?
Open  What are the common reasons for refusal?

Refusal could be anything from poor governance to the experience of the company.

Remember that the majority shareholder cannot be the sole representative of the UK office.

Key Contacts

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