If you are a non-EEA citizen or non-Swiss citizen and you are the sole representatives of an overseas business and you have planned to set up a branch of your business in the UK or wholly-owned the subsidiary, you can apply as a representative of overseas business visa which will lead you to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
You will be granted entry clearance for 3 years followed by 2 years leave to remain. At the end of your leave to remain, you can apply for ILR by meeting all other requirements as you have met in your previous applications. That means, to apply for ILR, you need to continue to show that you have the requisite knowledge, skill, and experience of the job you will be doing in the UK.
Like overseas business sole representative, you can also apply if you are an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation and you will be posted on a long-term assignment to the UK. This will also lead to settlement in the same way as the sole representative of overseas business.
As a condition for ILR, you cannot be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months period. Your absence shall be calculated on a rolling basis if you are making the application after 11 January 2018, unlike previous rule which allowed a separate 12 months period from the date of application. If however your 5 years duration covers periods of both before and after 11 January 2018, your absences shall be calculated as per the rules applicable at the relevant time. Apart from meeting the English language requirement, you need also to pass in the Life in the UK test.
No breach of immigration rules shall be accepted apart from any period of overstaying allowed under the Immigration Rules under Paragraph 39E of the Immigration Rules. Like any other ILR application, Home Office fee for ILR is £2389 but you will not have to pay for health surcharge.
In Immigration 2 UK, we shall process your application error-free and make sure your application succeeds without any difficulty. You can contact us by email, WhatsApp, or Skype.