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UK Immigration for Foreign Businesses
A step-by-step guide to the Overseas Business (Sole Representative) Visa, post-pandemic

The Sole Representative Visa became the go-to visa for High Net Worth business owners following the closure of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa on the 29 March 2019. Changes in the eligibility criteria then came into effect in June 2020 during the height of the global lockdown period. This means that if businesses had considered this a viable route prior to 2020 it is even more important now, post pandemic, that the same businesses review whether they are still eligible. There are significant advantages of this route over some of the other business categories, so for those looking at this visa for the first time our aim for this presentation is to:

• provide a simple and comprehensive overview of the visa category
• highlight the key changes made in June 2020
• Delve a little into how the ‘genuineness test’ works in practice

David Wyld & Co is characterised by the sophisticated and experienced legal services it offers to a diverse commercial clientele, both within the UK and overseas. Led by Grace P. Osewele, a specialist in UK Immigration Law the firm provides unrivalled expertise in Business Immigration, Dispute resolution in complex commercial matters, Litigation and Arbitration.

At David Wyld & Co we thoroughly comprehend the complex issues faced by globally minded businesses today. We understand that challenges are not solely encompassed within the realms of business itself, but also arise through the cultures and multiple jurisdictions under which our client’s operate. Taking a flexible and creative approach, we incorporate the essential factors to determine effective strategies for our clients.

Our vision is work with our clients to build profitable long-term relationships. 100% confidence in a legal partner is vital, so we work hard to protect our clients’ interests whilst maintaining our core values.

Sep 28, 2021 06:00 PM in London

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Grace P. Osewele
Partner @David Wyld & Co
An immigration specialist with 27 years of practice experience, Grace leads the Immigration Law department at David Wyld & Co, supervising the team across all areas of the firm’s immigration services. With a clear focus on Business Immigration and servicing High Net Worth individuals, Grace’s day to day practice sees her overseeing visa applications for client’s in the Entertainment and Music Business, as well as strategic planning and preparation for business front-runners abroad looking to establish their brands in the UK. Entrepreneur applications, applications for the reassignment of international staff to the UK, Business Immigration Compliance and complex Judicial Review are key areas of the strength and depth of Grace’s practice. Grace is also responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, and leads on implementing best practice, covering compliance, case management and business development.