UK Sole Representative Visa Program For Nigerians

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Looking to obtain UK residency without the need to invest? The UK Representative of an Overseas Business Visa, also known as the UK Sole Representative Visa, offers Nigerian and other African nationals, along with their families, the ability to obtain UK residency and a clear path to citizenship in only 90 days – without the need to make a capital investment.

Find out more about this cost-effective path to UK residency below, or contact us now for more information.

About the UK Sole Representative Visa Program

 

This business visa program affords senior executives or minority shareholders of established foreign, non-EEA companies to apply for UK residency by means of opening a UK branch for their employer or business, provided that the company can prove a minimum monthly turnover of £5,000+. The visa is issued to the sole representative of the UK based company branch, their spouse and their dependent children. A key benefit of the program is that, unlike with the Tier 1 Investor Visa, no capital investment is required.

The Sole Representative Visa is initially issued and valid for a period of 3 years, after which it can be renewed for an additional 5 years. Once the primary visa holder and their family have been in the UK for a period of 5 years, they become eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), paving the way to eventual UK citizenship.

The Sole Representative Program currently does not require the new UK branch of your business to generate a minimum turnover. As a low-risk platform for testing the UK waters, the program is therefore an excellent option for businesses wishing to expand their business footprint in the United Kingdom. The Overseas Business Representative Visa also enables you to employ senior members of your existing business within your UK business branch, should this be required for operational reasons.

Furthermore, as of May 2020, you are not required to employ a minimum number of UK nationals in your UK business branch, however it is expect that this requirement will be introduced within the next few months, making it advisable to act on this opportunity to obtain UK residence immediately.

Another key benefit is the fact that the visa holder is not required to reside and remain in the UK permanently: you can travel out of the UK for extended periods of time, while your family can remain in the UK full time even in your absence. You and your dependents will enjoy free access to the National Health Service (NHS), and tuition for children up to the age of 18 years is free.

The Representative of an Overseas Business Visa is consequently highly popular among Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers as well as Chief Intelligence Officers of existing businesses hailing from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Congo DRC, Kenya, South Africa, Hong Kong, Russia and China, to name but a few of the major source markets for the product.

Why choose the UK Representative of an Overseas Business Visa Program

  • SPEED: This UK business residency program enables you, your spouse and dependent children to obtain UK residency and a clear path to UK citizenship in only 3 months (90 days).

  • PRICE: Given that this visa program requires no capital investment or additional company capitalisation, it is one of the most affordable ways of obtaining UK residency. Priced at only £22,500 and including all professional service fees, branch business plan creation, company formation, spousal work permit applications and visa renewals at 3 years and 5 years, as well as your application to obtain Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in the UK, the program offers exceptional value for money.

  • EASE: This is a turnkey, business–setup-in-a-box solution: We take care of all the details and heavy lifting, freeing you up to focus on your core business while enjoying all the benefits of UK residency.

  • ACCESS: Gain free access to schooling for your children, along with free NHS access for the entire family.

  • SECURITY: Secure a better future for your family with a clear path to UK permanent residency and eventual citizenship.

  • TAXATION: You continue working for your employer or company in your native jurisdiction while serving as the sole representative of its UK branch. As such, there are no material income tax implications, and you are not required to pay additional tax on your income. You are also exempt from paying social welfare contributions.

Key program requirements 2020

As of May 2020, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be fluent in English.

  • You must be a minority shareholder or senior representative of an existing company with permanent headquarters based outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

  • Your company must be able to prove a legally generated minimum turnover of at least of £5,000 per month (£60,000 per annum).

  • You must be able to provide proof of having sufficient funds to support yourself and your family without the need for financial support from the UK government.

 

The application process at a glance

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Our UK partners offer applicants a full concierge style application support service that stretches all the way to visa renewals at 3 and 5 years, including your spouse’ work permit application and your family’s eventual application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. The process steps include:

  • Collection and review of the relevant documentation

  • Rigorous checks to ensure that you meet all of the program’s eligibility criteria

  • Preparation of your UK branches’ business plan

  • Facilitation of your application interview

  • Completion and submission of your UK residency application

  • UK bank account setup

  • NHS registration for you and your family

  • Help with sourcing of suitable rental or investment property, if required

  • Enrollment of your children in UK universities or schools

  • An introduction to a suitably qualified accountant

  • Council with Register

  • Ongoing client updates and meetings to ensure that you meet all the relevant requirements on a continual basis

  • Visa renewal applications and assistance with your eventual application to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

 

Get UK residency for only £22,500 – no capital investment. Contact us now.