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Hi Tom, I represent a US-based company that is looking to place an employee in the UK to better serve their existing UK clients (as well as those in Europe and the Middle East) and, potentially, secure new clients. It looks like this employee meets all the criteria. However, I have three specific questions that, so far, I have been unable get answered by UK BA. I'm hoping you can help! 1) It's stated that the US company must "establish a commercial presence for the company in this country in the form of either a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary." What, exactly, constitutes a "registered branch"? Could a residential address be used for this purpose? The employee in question would be able to conduct the company's business from her residence, supporting clients by phone, e-mail and Web-connection -- as well as face-to-face meetings at the clients' sites. Also, what is the fee to register a branch? 2) What documentation, specifically, would the company need to provide to confirm the scope and nature of its business in the UK and/or Europe and the Middle East? Profit/loss statement? Articles of incorporation? Letters of confirmation from UK clients? How intrusive is this? 3) The fee to apply for this visa for the employee is 459 BP. The employee is married and will be moving with her spouse. As I understand it, he would be covered under the same visa. Would a separate application fee apply to him as well? Any light you can shed on this matter would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your prompt and on point answers to my questions. The information you have provided and referenced is extremely helpful and strongly suggests that a sole representative visa is likely to be granted -- though I realize there are never any guarantees with something like this.