Expanding Your Business into the UK

Whether you are relocating your business to the UK or you are planning to set up a branch or subsidiary of a parent company here, an immigration application should not cause you any undue problems.

We regularly assist companies to relocate to the UK and have the necessary experience and expertise to ensure the UK start-up proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Although it can vary, there are often different stages to the process of setting up a UK branch or subsidiary of your business based outside the UK. 

You may well be required to submit a Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker application for senior/specialist employee(s) of your overseas business to come to the UK to set up the new UK entity. The business will also be required to submit a Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker sponsor licence application.  

Until 11 April 2022 this category was known as the representative of an overseas business or sole representative route. Anyone already in the UK with a predecessor category visa can continue to extend their stay or apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain).

We can provide you with expert assistance advising you on the procedure and requirements, including the compliance responsibilities of holding a sponsor licence. We will then make the necessary representations in support of the visa application to ensure you are able to begin the process of establishing your business in the UK.

Once the UK company is operational and trading, we can assist with any further applications to transfer your overseas staff to the UK, which could for example include applying for a Skilled Worker sponsor licence.

Through collaboration with other teams at Kingsley Napley, we are also able to advise in respect of:

  • Managing employees and recruitment
  • Finding and securing business premises
  • Dealing with investments, mergers & acquisitions and re-organisations
  • Contracting with suppliers and customers
  • Protecting your intellectual property rights
  • Resolving disputes

For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.

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