Sole Representatives

Visa requirements for sole representatives of an overseas business.

If your business is based outside Scotland, you can send an employee over on a long-term basis to set up the business and establish a commercial presence for the company in Scotland.

If the employee is from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, they can apply for a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa.

The sole representative should usually be a senior member of staff who is going to set up a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary of the company in Scotland.

They usually should not be a majority shareholder in the company and must have been recruited and employed by the company outside of the UK.

If your company already has a branch or subsidiary in Scotland or the rest of the UK that is already trading – or you already have a representative in Scotland or another part of the UK, this visa will not be appropriate. You should therefore consider other types of visa.

Find out more about a sole representative visa on GOV.UK

In This Section

Business visas in Scotland

If you’re a business or individual who wants to relocate to or invest in Scotland, you’ll need to consider different types of visa and immigration requirements.

Standard Visitor Visa

As a business or investor in Scotland, you can obtain a short-term visitor visa for business purposes.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

This visa has closed and is no longer available

Tier 1 Investor Visa

If you’re a non-EEA or Swiss citizen you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Investor Visa if you’re investing at least £2 million in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in trading companies registered in the UK.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa has closed and is no longer available

Sponsorship and recruitment

Here are some things to consider before sponsoring a non-European Economic Area national to work for you in Scotland.

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