In order for someone to receive leave to enter the UK as a representative of a foreign newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting company, he/she will basically have to apply for an overseas business visa. A person can apply to enter UK as a representative of an overseas business if he or she is from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland. Legal assistance can be offered by our immigration solicitors in London. They can also help you obtain a residence permit in UK or British citizenship.
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Representatives of branches and subsidiaries
Also, if the person is the only representative of such a company, which plans to set up a United Kingdom branch or a subsidiary for an overseas parent association and if the citizen is an employee of an overseas newspaper, broadcasting organization, or news agency sent on an assignment (long-term) to the UK, he/she can apply for such a leave. Besides these conditions, the person must meet other eligibility requirements, as well:
- must have enough money to support himself or herself, without any help from the public funds,
- must meet the English requirement, which is consisted of passing an approved test (at least CEFR level A1, in listening and speaking) and having an academic qualification (taught in English) and recognized as being equivalent to a UK master’s degree, bachelor’s degree or Ph.D.
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Time until receiving the leave
The earliest time that a representative of a foreign company can apply for this type of leave is three months before he/she travels to the United Kingdom. Also, the person must know that a decision on his/her visa will be received within three weeks, depending on the country from which he or she is applying. If you need more details in this sense or support for UK residence card or British citizenship, please address our London immigration lawyer.
A visa for a representative of an overseas business costs £546. For an employee of an overseas broadcasting organization, news agency, or newspaper, the visa will cost the same amount. Also, the person must pay the healthcare surcharge, as a condition for the application. Our UK immigration lawyer will know the amount needed to be paid before applying. The initial period for which a candidate can stay within the country is three years. Afterward, the visa can be extended for another two years and, in addition, within five years from starting to live in the UK, he or she can apply for permission to settle permanently in the United Kingdom.
If there are any other questions regarding the mentioned subject, make sure to contact our immigration solicitors in London. You can also ask for support for UK residence card as our London immigration lawyer can help.