备注：2022年4月11日开始首签取消，但续签永居不受影响。但是，取而代之的GBM - UK Expansion Worker英国业务拓展签证虽然不具永居导向，但是可以转为工签或其他类型签证累计5年依然可以申请永居。
如果申请人以海外独立（首席）代表身份在英国生活五年，则可以申请英国永久居留权。申请永久居留权需要通过Life in the UK和英语B1级考试，申请人需要证明英国分公司五年之内商业活动活跃，为此申请人需要提供公司的会计年报表，商业合同，损益状况，工资记录，纳税状况等相关资料。同时，申请人需要证明其总公司在国内的经济状况在此五年之内是稳定的。
SOLE REPRESENTATIVE OF OVERSEAS BUSINESS IN THE UK
The Sole Representative immigration category allows an individual to come to the UK to set up a UK branch or subsidiary on behalf of an overseas company, where the overseas company does not already have a representative in the UK and will continue to have its principle place of business outside the UK. Applicants seeking to enter the UK in this capacity must first obtain entry clearance from a British diplomatic post overseas before travelling to the UK.
The individual who will represent the company in the UK as the Sole Representative must be someone who is an existing senior employee of the overseas company. Someone can be recruited specifically for this role but they would have to be recruited overseas and have a track record of setting up branches for other companies.
The individual cannot be a majority shareholder in the overseas company but must be senior enough to have full authority to take operational decisions in respect of the UK operation without referral to the parent business.
Sole Representatives of overseas companies are required to pass an approved English language test to the basic user standard (CEFR A1 level or above) or to have the equivalent of a UK bachelors degree that was taught in English.
The distinct advantage of this category is that the individual is not required to have any defined financial resources with which to establish the UK branch, as it is expected that the parent company would provide the necessary capital necessary. The personal financial consideration is that the individual must have adequate monies available to him or her to allow him or her to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds.
A Sole Representative must not intend to take any other employment and must intend to work full-time in their role as a representative of the parent company. There is no requirement that a minimum amount of money must be earned or that the individual must have a minimum level of educational attainment.
The initial leave is given for 3 years and that could be extended for further 2 years, at the end of which indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK can be sought.
The applicant would have had to have spent five years in the UK as a sole representative (must stay in the UK not less than 180 days each year) before being eligible to apply for ILR and cannot count leave in any other categories towards the qualifying period.
When applying for ILR the main applicant and any dependants over 18 must take and pass the Life in the UK test as well as holding a CEFR B1 level English language speaking and listening or its equivalent.
At the point of extension, evidence of the commercial activity of the UK company must be presented to show that the UK company has been set up and legally registered, and that it is active and trading in the UK, usually by way of company accounts, contracts, invoices, tax returns and so forth. There is no requirement however that the company must generate a minimum level of turnover but it must be evident that the company is stable enough to be able to support the Sole Representative and that it is an ongoing commercial enterprise. It must also be demonstrated that the overseas company has continued to have its main centre of operations outside the UK throughout the five year period, and that the conditions attached to the last leave have been adhered to.