The Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa category is for employees of media organisations being posted to the UK on a long-term assignment as a representative of their overseas employer.
The Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa allows an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation to be posted to the UK on a long-term assignment to work as a full-time representative of their overseas employer. Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) can be achieved after 5 years in the Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa category.
In order to qualify for a UK visa as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:
The exact requirements that you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.
To discuss your Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Media Representative visa lawyers on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.
While Home Office Guidance states that applicants in this category will usually be journalists, it also states that applicants could be producers, news cameramen or camerawomen and front-of-camera personnel. However, secretaries and other administrative support staff will not qualify and must apply under an alternative immigration route if one is available.
In contrast to the Sole Representative visa route, an overseas media company can have more than one representative in the UK. Therefore, the Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa can be used to post multiple media company representatives to the UK at the same time.
With the exception of the English language requirement, there are no specified evidence requirements for an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation visa. You will need to prove that you meet all of the requirements above, but the rules do not specify any mandatory requirements in terms of the evidence you must submit. Our immigration barristers can advise as to the documents that should be provided to satisfy the Home Office that the requirements of the visa route are met.
As an employee of an overseas media agency, you will not be permitted to take on any other employment and must work full-time for the organisation that you are representing in the UK.
Yes. A Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation may bring, or be joined by, their spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner and any children under the age of 18. Unfortunately, as with most other categories of the Immigration Rules, Media Representatives cannot bring their parents, siblings or other extended family members.
You should make an application for a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa no more than 3 months before you intend to travel.
The Home Office application fee for a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa is currently £610.
Most Overseas Media visa applications are decided within 3 weeks. Many visa application centres outside the UK also offer a priority service which allows Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation visa applicants to receive a decision on their applications for entry clearance within 5 working days.
Your initial visa will be valid for 3 years, after which time you will be able to extend your stay for a further two years. In order to extend your stay you will need to show that you are still engaged in the employment for which you were granted entry to the UK and are still required for the future. Your employer must certify this in a letter.
Additionally, you will need to show your income for the 12 months before your application to extend. This could be done through providing payslips or bank statements. You or your employer will need to confirm how your salary was paid, for example, whether it was for number of hours or if it was commission based.
After five years in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for settlement provided:
The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the documents that must be provided in support of a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper visa application. It can be helpful to get advice from an immigration lawyer in order to ensure that your application is professionally presented and technically correct.
Our business immigration barristers have experience in assisting major international newspapers and other media organisations to secure Media Representative visas for their employees. Our barristers are experts in the immigration options available and will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.
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