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This route is for a senior employee of an overseas business that does not have a presence in the UK and are planning to set-up a UK branch or a wholly owned subsidiary. 

You may also apply in this category if you are an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation on a long-term assignment to the UK. 

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What are the main requirements?

You will be eligible to apply in this category if you: 

  • are an existing senior employee of a business outside of the UK that has its headquarters and principal place of business outside the UK 
  • are fully authorised to make all decisions on behalf of the organisation 
  • intend to establish the overseas business’s presence in the UK as a branch of wholly owned subsidiary
  • possess the relevant experience, knowledge, and skills to perform the role 
  • do not own or have majority control of the overseas organisation 
  • meet the English language requirement 

Duration of stay in the UK

You will normally be granted leave to enter the UK for 3 years. You will need to apply to extend your visa for a further 2 years in the same category. 

You may be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK upon completing 5 years residence in the UK in this category. 

How is an application submitted?

Your application is submitted online whether you are applying for leave to enter the UK from outside the UK or applying to extend your visa from within the UK. 

You can include your partner and dependent children in your application for permission to stay with you. 

Speak to our specialist visa solicitors

If you are exploring your options for a visa or require international business advice, our highly experienced solicitors will assist you in exploring all your options. We advise businesses and individuals, including executives and senior management teams on all aspects of business immigration including visas. You can get in touch by completing the form below.

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Adam Haines

Adam Haines

Employment Law and Business Immigration Partner


Adam is a partner and specialist employment lawyer with experience advising on all aspects of employment law from the beginning to the end of the employment relationship and business immigration.