If you are already in the UK on a sole representative visa and want to continue living in the UK, you can apply to extend the sole representative visa.
You need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for extending sole representative visa:
You must be in the UK with a sole representative visa as a representative of an overseas business or an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization;
You must be working at the time of application for the same employer in the UK branch or subsidiary of the overseas parent company as when you were issued your previous visa;
Your employer’s principal place of business must still be outside the UK;
You must show your intentions to continue working for the same employer only, and it must be full-time and in the same job as a representative of an overseas business;
Your employer overseas must confirm that you are still required for your job as a sole representative;
You must have established yourself and be in charge of a branch or subsidiary in the UK in the same type of activity as the parent company;
You must be able to maintain yourself and any dependents financially without recourse to public funds;
You must be able to accommodate yourself and any dependents sufficiently:
You must not be in breach of immigration laws, except that any period of overstaying allowed under the Immigration Rules will be disregarded.
You need to submit the following documents with your visa extension application form:
A complete description of the activities of the UK’s branch or subsidiary, including accounts, copies of invoices, or letters from UK organizations you’ve worked with
A Companies House certificate of registration as a UK establishment (for a branch) or a certificate of incorporation (for a subsidiary)
Documents proving that the overseas business wholly owns the UK business
A letter from your employer confirming you’re continuing work in the same role
Your employment and salary details
Evidence of business generated in the UK with UK companies;
You need to submit the following documents when you apply for extending sole representative business visa:
How long can you stay?
You are initially granted leave for up to 3 years in the UK on a sole representative visa, and with a successful sole representative extension visa application, you can be granted leave for up to 2 years.
You could be granted a visa extension for up to 3 years if your previous representative of an overseas business visa was issued before 1 October 2009.
You can stay in the UK until you get the decision on your visa extension.
If you are looking for expert assistance with your extension of a sole representative visa, please call Visa and Migration Ltd on 02034111261.