H - Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

You can apply as a representative of an overseas business

H - Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

You can apply as a representative of an overseas business if you are either:
- the sole representative of an overseas business planning to set up either a UK branch or wholly owned subsidiary
- an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK

You must also meet the other eligibility requirements.

If you apply from outside the UK, the earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

If you apply from inside the UK you will get a decision within 8 weeks.

Once you have applied you can stay in the UK until you have been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expires.

The visa lets you stay in the UK for an initial period of 3 years.
You may be able to extend your visa for another 2 years.

After you have been in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for permission to settle permanently in the UK.

To be eligible for this visa you must:
- have enough money to support yourself without help from public funds
- meet the English requirement

To apply as a sole representative you must:
- be recruited and employed outside the UK by an active and trading business (whose headquarters and principal place of business are, and will remain, outside the UK)
- have the skills, experience and knowledge to do the role
- hold a senior position within the business (but do not own or control the majority of it) and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf
- intend to establish the overseas business’s first commercial presence in the UK, either as a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary

You may also be eligible if the business has a legal entity in the UK that does not employ staff or do any business.

If your employer has been working to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, but it is not yet set up, you can replace a previous sole representative.

Newspaper, news agency or broadcast employees
As an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, you can come to the UK if you are being posted here on a long-term assignment.

Knowledge of English: You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.
- You can prove your knowledge of English by either passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening
- having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD
- You may be able to meet the English language requirement in other ways.

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