Overseas Representative

Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

UK Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency, or Broadcasting

The Representative of An Overseas Business visa is for the employees of the overseas newspapers, news agencies or broadcasting organisations assigned to the UK.

This category is open to new applications.

An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting company may be transferred to the UK on a long-term assignment to serve as a full-time representative of their foreign employer under the regulations of the UK Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting organisation visa. After five years, a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organisation can obtain indefinite leave to remain (ILR).

As an employee of a foreign newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting outfit, you must demonstrate to UK Visas & Immigration that you:

  • You are employed by an overseas media agency or organisation
  • You were recruited outside of the UK
  • You are being posted to the UK on a long-term assignment
  • You intend to work full time for your employer and will not take other work
  • You satisfy an English language requirement
  • Your employer’s principal place of business is outside of the UK
  • You will be able to maintain and accommodate yourself without recourse to public funds.

An application for a Representative of an Overseas Business visa should be made no more than 3 months before you intend to travel. The Home Office application fee for a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa should be paid. You must also pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.

As an employee of an overseas media agency, you will not be permitted to take on any other employment and must work full-time for the organisation that you are representing in the UK. 

The spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner, and any minor children may accompany or join a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organisation.

Other Business Representatives

While the employees of overseas newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations can still apply for initial applications to enter this route, the applications for the representatives of other business has to take this new sponsored route.

If you are planning to expand your business to the UK and send a representative to establish your business’ presence in the UK or come to the UK to fulfil this mission personally, this new category will help you get going with your business expansion plans. However, unlike its predecessor, the new route is temporary. Please visit our relevant page to learn more about the UK Expansion Worker Visa.

Those who already hold Sole Representatives of Overseas Business Visa can continue to access their existing rights, extend their stay and obtain ILR at the end of their 5-year stay, subject to other eligibility criteria.

What are the Requirements for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa?

In order to be eligible for an extension, you need to already hold one of the following visa categories:

  • A visa as a representative of an overseas business.
  • A visa as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization.

Additionally, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • You must still be employed by the employer who sponsored your initial visa.
  • Your employer’s primary place of business should continue to be located outside the UK.
  • If you are a sole representative, you must also remain in charge of supervising the UK branch or subsidiary that you established for the overseas business.
  • When submitting your visa extension application, you must be physically present in the UK.

If the application for a visa extension gets approved, you will be permitted to stay in the UK for a further 2 years. As a Representative of an Overseas Business, you must still be employed by the same firm that issued your initial visa and have established the parent company’s first presence in the UK in order to be eligible for an extension of stay.  The employer must still have its main offices and key locations outside the UK. You must demonstrate that you have produced business for your employer since you were given the visa, mostly with UK-based companies, and that you are receiving a salary from your employer.

Why Work With An Immigration Adviser?

While expanding your business activities to the UK stays your main focus, our team of experts can help you choose the right immigration category and manage the process effectively.

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Representative of an Overseas Business Visa Extension

You should make an application to extend your representative visa before your current visa expires.

Visa duration

A Representative of an Overseas Business visa can be extended for up to 2 years after the original visa duration of 3 years. The initial entry is open to those being assigned as representatives of newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations. Other business representatives must apply under the UK Expansion Worker category.

Processing Times

According to the Home Office UKVI website, a decision on your Representative Visa extension application will be made within 8 weeks. You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer

Dependents

If you are applying to extend your sole representative of an overseas business visa and you are accompanied by your dependent family members, you will also need to apply for an extension for them at the same time.

Settlement in the UK as a UK Representative

You and your dependents can apply for ILR after a 5-year stay, subject to eligibility criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are already in the UK with a representative visa, you can apply for an extension/renewal of your sole representative visa by completing an online application form. At the time of application, you must be required to be in the UK physically.

While Home Office Guidance states that applicants in this category will usually be journalists, it also states that applicants could be producers, news cameramen or camerawomen and front-of-camera personnel. However, secretaries and other administrative support staff will not qualify and must apply under an alternative immigration route if one is available.

On 11 April 2022, the representative visa category was closed to new applicants, but it remains open for sole reps who already have the visa to extend and apply for settlement (permanent residency). It has been replaced by a new sponsored route – the Global Business Mobility: UK Expansion Worker visa. The route stays open for newspapers, news agencies and broadcasting organisations.

The current route for the representatives of businesses who are assigned to the UK to establish a branch of the Overseas Business is the UK Expansion Worker Visa. This is a temporary visa; however, after establishing the branch, the representatives can be employed by the branch under the Skilled Worker category if the branch can extend their Sponsor status to cover the Skilled Worker Visa route.

After spending a continuous period of 5 years in the UK as a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa holder, you and your dependents may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

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