Although the United Kingdom (UK) may be small in size in comparison to other developed countries, what it lacks in size it makes up for in economic ability. It has the sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world's first industrialised country and a major world player, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The UK is ranked as the world’s sixth most popular tourist destination, and London has the most international visitors of any city.
Despite recent bad press through the handling of its withdrawal from the EU, the UK remains a great international power, with considerable cultural, military, economic, scientific and political influence. It is a leading member of the Commonwealth, Council of Europe, the G7 and G20, and the World Trade Organisation.
The nation's entrepreneurial spirit and high standards of education and governance are set to remain, as the nation continues to develop existing relations whilst creating new ones. The introduction of the ‘Sole Representative’ visa scheme will enable a foreign company with no current activity or base in the UK, to send a representative in order to set up a new branch. The initial 3 year visa for the Applicant and their immediate family, comes with the option to extend.
No purchase of real estate is necessary.
There are no specified amounts of the investment which needs to be made, but the intention must be to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the country.
In addition, the Applicant must hold a senior position in that company (but not be a major shareholder), have no other employment, and evidence extensive industry experience and knowledge in their field.
A public healthcare surcharge of
1,200.00 GBP legal and professional fees apply.
The Applicant can only work full time for the branch of the company which they represent.
Note - After 5 years of residency in the UK an application may be made for citizenship based on the standard criteria and requirements of the country.