If you are looking to expand your operations in to the UK you may be able to take advantage of the Representative of and Overseas Business category. A senior employee of your overseas business can establish your UK branch office or subsidiary.
In this category the Representative can bring his/her spouse and children to the UK and they will eventually have the right to reside in the UK permanently and ultimately qualify for British Citizenship.
Immigration to the UK is arguably more difficult than ever. The requirements are tough, the law is complex and the rules and policies frequently change. On top of this UK Visas & Immigration has strict rules on the documentation needed to support applications. If the correct documents are not submitted in precisely the format required, the application will fail.
Despite this, at Lupins we continue to have a successful track record for our clients.
The following is a basic overview. Please remember there is no substitute for seeking advice directly from one of our experts as every case is different and the law is constantly changing.
A business which has its headquarters or principle place of business outside the UK can send an overseas representative to the UK to set up a branch office or subsidiary in the UK.
The main requirements are:
If successful, applicants are normally granted leave to enter the UK for 3 years which can then be extended for a further 2 years. After 5 years continuous stay in the UK the representative can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Our overriding aim, is to not only ensure that you obtain your visa to enter the UK, but also to make sure that you are in the best possible position to make a successful application for your extension of stay and ultimately settlement. Once you have been settled in the UK for 12 Months, you may be eligible to apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen should you so wish. At LUPINS, we can also help you with your applications for British Nationality.
We will put you in touch with the right experts to assist you in moving to the UK, establishing your operations in the UK and advise on setting up a Company and all aspects of Commercial Law.
We will assist any family members that are dependant on the overseas representative as family members can also apply to enter and remain in the UK.
The application is made under the Points Based System. We will assess if you qualify for necessary points.
Put simply, our immigration solicitors will hold your hands throughout the process,
liaising with all relevant government bodies, including UK Visas and Immigration,
British Consulate, overseas agents and where necessary the courts.