Representative of Overseas Business Visa
The Representative of Overseas Business visa is designed to help overseas companies which have no UK presence to establish a branch in the UK and send a senior employee to the UK to set up and run the branch. This senior employee can apply for a Representative of Overseas Business visa for this purpose.
The overseas business has to produce a good business plan to show that the UK branch is a properly-researched and viable proposition.
If the visa application is successful the visa is initially granted in most cases for three years, and close family members can also apply. It may be possible to apply to extend the visa for a further two years, and after five years it may be possible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
The visa holder is not allowed to work for any business other than their own business.
There is an English language requirement.