Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

The UK is ranked one of the best locations for businesses looking to expand internationally. Starting a business in the UK can be challenging, but with the right set of tools and knowledge it’s a great place for business opportunities. The global environment, ease of doing business and strong market potential are of particular interest for overseas companies starting up in the UK.

Whatever you want to achieve in the UK, our aim is to ensure that you understand the entire process from start to finish, allowing you to cut through the jargon and red tape to realise your dream of living in the UK.

The Representative of an Overseas Business is an immigration route designed for individuals who are either looking to set up a wholly owned subsidiary or register a UK branch for an overseas parent company. It is also the appropriate route for individuals who have been posted by their employer on a long-term assignment to the UK as an overseas worker.


  • Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

Investment Type

  • Business Expansion
  • Intercompany Transfer Visa

Investment Required

  • To be precise, the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa does not require you to make a minimum investment. This gives investors the ability to choose from a wider pool of selection


  • A full description of the business’s activities, including details of assets and accounts
  • A letter confirming the overseas business will set up a wholly owned subsidiary or register a branch in the UK in the same business activity as it runs overseas
  • Your job description, employment contract and salary details
  • A letter confirming you’re familiar with the business and have the power to take operational decisions

You should also provide evidence that you:

  • Are directly employed by the business and are not acting as a sales agent (for example, hired by a business to sell or distribute their products within the UK, but working for yourself and providing your services for a fee)
  • Were recruited to the business outside of the UK
  • Hold a senior position in the business, with the authority to make decisions on its behalf and set up and run a registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary
  • Will be working full time for the business or subsidiary for the duration of your stay and will not carry out any other work
  • Do not own or control a majority of the overseas business


  • Access to Permanent Residency in 2-years
  • Spouse and children under 21 dependent visas
  • Dependent children under 21 may attend the school
  • Travel freely in and out of the UK

Special Conditions

  • Enough funds to support family

Visa Duration

  • Duration of visa: Valid for 3 Years
  • Extension of visa: Valid for 2 Years
  • Eligible to Permanent Residence

Visa Acceptance

  • How long till acceptance:  3 months

You can apply online from your home country or any other country outside tbe UK where you live.

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