Challenges Faced by Sole Representatives

A UK sole representative visa offers the best opportunities to any senior official or formal representative of the overseas business to stay, establish and grow in the UK with the foremost education, lifestyle and healthcare benefits.

Who can be a Sole representative?

  1. Any senior member of the business who can establish the business in the UK
  2. Any employee of a business outside the UK who can establish a subsidiary or a fully running business
  3. Any member of the news or broadcasting agency
  4. A sole representative has less than 50% shares in the business
  5. CEFR level A1 English proficiency in both speaking and listening.

A sole representative’s role is to make decisions on behalf of the business and expand its presence in the UK. A sole representative is a person of relevant skills who is knowledgeable enough to know the UK market’s pros and cons and can run the business based on that. He/she can choose to hire workers for business purposes and can sponsor overseas skilled workers. The visa allows you to stay and work for up to 3 years.

Sole Representative Visa Refusal 

Your sole representative visa entry clearance can be refused if the rules have not been followed, you may get an opportunity to ask for an administration if you understand that the Home Office could be in error. And eventually can also go for judicial review of your application.

Doing so can be time taking and one needs to consult an immigration solicitor as they are experts and have knowledge of all the procedures and appeals.

They will understand your case first, and find out where exactly the application needs to be reviewed.

In certain cases, however, the sole reps find it challenging to pursue business in the UK or face unavoidable bottlenecks.

  1. Inadequate information: If the sole representative who is being sent to the UK has more than 50% shares than the parent company, then the company could encounter a sure visa rejection.
  2. Often sole representative fails to pass English proficiency tests
  3. The sole representative fails to show the business plan and unable to reason its existence to the Home Office
  4. The sole representative is unable to show enough financial evidence to support their business in the UK
  5. Lack of motivation: often sole representatives undergo immense work pressure and start to feel lack of motivation. It’s important that they are talked to and analyze the root of the problem.
  6. If the Home Office finds out that your intentions to set up a business in the UK are otherwise and the company has no solid track record.
  7. Documents are not as mentioned in the sole representative visa guidance.
  8. Before arriving in the UK the applicant must have an entry clearance else the refusal rate becomes high.
  9. Overcoming their sales objections: a huge burning issue that sole representatives feel is unable to easily access their sales plan and end up with a lot of objections.

One needs to apply within 28 days of application refusal.

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