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WEB 1116 Sole Representatives (WEBINAR)

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This course aims to provide an overview of the Representative of an Overseas Business visa, including representatives of Overseas newspapers, news agencies, or broadcasting organisations, as well as reviewing common issues arising in such applications.

Topics to be covered:

1. Introduction – Immigration Rules
2. Cross Cutting requirements

  • General grounds for refusal
  • Dependents
  • English language test
  • Maintenance
  • Eligibility for settlement
  • Recent changes to the route

3. ​Sole representatives coming to the UK to establish a branch of an overseas business 

  • Background of the company – assessing the parent company, various corporate structures – branches, wholly owned subsidiary
  • Background of the individual – seniority, length of service with the overseas company, shares in the company, consider the length of time that the company has been established, its turnover, profitability and number of employees. It must be the intention that the business remains centered abroad.

4. Representatives of overseas media businesses with no established presence in the UK – key considerations at different stages of the application process:

  • Entry clearance applications – in circumstances where the company has already been set up in the UK
  • Extension applications
  • Settlement

5. Refusals
6. Appeals
7. Case Studies


October 19
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tutor details:
David Lemer, Doughty Street Chambers and Aisha Choudhry, Bates Wells
Tutor biographies:
David Lemer is a Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. David practises predominantly in immigration, asylum, public law, and employment and as well as general civil litigation. He has been listed as a leading junior in the leading directories since 2013. 
David's recent case load has seen his extensive involvement in a string of public law challenges to the UKBA's removal of a number of Educational institutions from the Tier 4 sponsorship register. Having achieved successful outcomes, he is currently involved in a number of planned damages claims arising from the procedures operated by the Home Office’s to suspension and revocation license holders.

David also has extensive experience in advising and lecturing to corporate, including multinational, clients as to their obligations when employing foreign workers, and regularly represents in civil penalty appeals.  He has also recently represented a number of very high profile sportspeople, in relation to their immigration affairs.

He is the current author of the Lexis Nexis Practice Notes on the Tier 4 Sponsorship regime.

Aisha Choudhry is an Associate at Bates Wells. She primarily deals with tier 2 applications involving sponsor licences, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and compliance. She is also experienced with sole representative of overseas business applications. Prior to Bates Wells, Aisha worked at EY.

Aisha is passionate about well-being in the workplace and is a trained Mental Health First Aider. Aisha is a co-founder and co-convenor of the ILPA Well-being Working Group.

Aisha delivers ILPA’s ‘Sole Representatives’ training, has been a panelist at the Practising Immigration Law: everything you need to know seminar, and co-chaired ILPA’s inaugural Well-being Conference.


Concessionary Training Prices: £80
Member Training Prices: £160
Non Member Training Prices: £260
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Spaces Left:
Basic, Intermediate
Webinar with case studies & Q&A