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Representative of an Overseas Business visa

You can apply as a representative of an overseas business if you’re an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK.

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The Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa allows an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation to be posted to the UK on a long-term assignment to work as a full-time representative of their overseas employer. Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) can be achieved after 5 years in the Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa category.

Requirements for an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa

In order to qualify for a UK visa as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • 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.

Job Requirements

Your application must prove you were recruited and remain employed as a senior employee of an overseas parent company, headquartered outside the UK. You should not be a majority shareholder.

To work solely for the UK employer, to establish a commercial presence in the UK either as a registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary in the same business as the parent company.

You are expected to have relevant industry experience and knowledge, together with full authority to make operational decisions for the UK branch or subsidiary.

Media employees posted on long-term assignments to the UK

Employees of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation posted on a long-term assignment to the UK can apply for this visa.

Your application must demonstrate you are employed by a recognised media organisation, and you are required to undertake a long-term UK assignment as part of this employment.

Extension applications

You can extend your stay if you are still required to undertake the same type of work for your employer as set out in the original application.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

An application for ILR can be made following five years continuous stay in this category.

Our immigration advisers can help your Representative of an Overseas Newspaper visa application

The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the documents that must be provided in support of a Representative of an Overseas Business visa application.  It can be helpful to get advice from an immigration adviser in order to ensure that your application is professionally presented and technically correct.

Our business immigration advisers have experience in assisting major international newspapers and other media organisations to secure Media Representative visas for their employees. Our advisers are experts in the immigration options available and will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our client’s needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to businesses as part of a professional and friendly service.

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Nexus Visas assists international clients in obtaining UK visas, residence and citizenship under the respective programs. Contact us to arrange an initial private consultation.

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