This visa caters for South Africans in senior executive roles that are looking to establish or enter the UK market (and setup an office or store in the UK).
Specifics of the “Representative Visa“.
Introducing the Representative of Overseas business visa:
Caters for South Africans in senior executive positions that have been asked to open a branch in the United Kingdom. Applicants cannot be majority shareholders of the venture however applicants need to evidence that they are able to execute business related decisions on the SA firms behalf (whilst in the UK).
Duration of visa:
Representative visa is issued for an initial 3 year period.
Granted! That is right. Settlement rights (which is the right to earn British citizenship through UK residence) is granted under this visa category. It is one of the biggest draw cards that this visa offers.
Permitted. Another great value added offering is that immediate family members (married like partner and minors) are permitted to join the main applicant. They too are granted settlement rights. That is the right to live, work and study in the UK.
3 weeks. From the date of submission, applicants experience an average of 15 working day processing times.
Common Reason for Refusal:
Most of these cases are refused based on incorrect intent. Small SA firms struggle to evidence their market demand in these cases.
Once South Africans are awarded entry clearance (permission to study in the UK), the visa system is designed that they can easily extend their stay. Applicants are permitted unlimited amount of visa extensions.
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