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Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation

The Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News agency, or Broadcasting Organisation visa scheme allows for the employees of media organisations to be posted to the UK on long-term assignments. It’s a convenient visa route for journalists and broadcasters, and can lead to permanent settlement in the UK after 5 years spent in the country.

WH Solicitors offers expert advice that simplifies the application process. We will help you to understand if this visa scheme is suitable for you, and provide a complete package of support to ensure your visa application is as strong as possible.

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Who Can Apply for a Visa in This Category?

This visa category allows the representatives of overseas newspapers, media organisations, and broadcasters to come to the UK as part of a long-term posting. While many visa applicants are journalists, this visa category is also available to producers, camera operators and people occupying other skilled media roles. Secretaries, administrators and other support staff will not usually qualify for a visa in this category.

 

Requirements for a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency, or Broadcasting Organisation Visa

To qualify for a visa as an employee of an overseas news agency, newspaper, or broadcasting organisation, you will need to satisfy the following criteria:

  • You are an employee of an overseas newspaper, media agency, or broadcasting organisation
  • You were recruited overseas, outside of the UK
  • You have been posted to the UK on a long-term assignment
  • You intend to work full time for your listed employer only
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Your employer’s primary place of business is outside of the UK
  • You have sufficient funds to maintain yourself and any dependants whilst you are in the country without relying on public funds

 

The English Language Requirement

To qualify for a visa as a representative of an overseas newspaper, media organisation or broadcaster you will need to show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language. This means you must demonstrate that you understand the language to at least CEFR level A1 or above and can understand and hold a basic conversation with others.

The requirement can be met either by passing an approved English language test in speaking and listening or by showing that you have an academic qualification that is recognised by Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) as equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or a PhD.

 

Representative of an Overseas Newspaper or Media Organisation Visa Conditions

Once a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, Media Agency, or Broadcaster Visa has been granted, you will be permitted to:

  • Work full-time for your employer
  • Bring eligible family members with you to the UK as dependants
  • Apply to extend your visa
  • Apply for settled status after 5 years in the country

You cannot:

  • Be self-employed, work for yourself, or for any other organisation except the business named in your visa application
  • Stay in the UK if your media role arrangement ends
  • Access public funds or apply for most benefits

 

How We Can Help?

The Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, Media Organisation or Broadcaster visa provides journalists and other skilled media staff with a way to come to the UK. It is a convenient scheme for both media employees and their employers, but it can be difficult to show that you meet the relevant eligibility criteria and get approved.

WH Solicitors’ highly experienced team of immigration lawyers can provide all the advice and support necessary to ensure your application is as strong as possible. We offer much-needed guidance and clarity for clients as they try to navigate the UK’s complex visa system.

For more information, help, and support, contact our team today by calling (+44) 01483 608 786 or by emailing contact@whsolicitors.co.uk.

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FAQs

A Representative of an Overseas Newspaper visa will usually be issued for an initial period of three years. As mentioned below, this period may be extendable by a further period of two years.

Yes – you may be able to extend your visa for an additional 2 years after you have completed an initial 3 years in the UK. To extend your visa, you will need to show that you are still working for the overseas newspaper or media organisation listed in your initial application.

Yes, an overseas media company can post more than one representative to the UK. This means that multiple Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, Media Organisation or Broadcaster visas can be issued to the staff of a single foreign organisation.

Yes – you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, or Settled Status) as an employee of an overseas news or media organisation after you have spent 5 years in the UK. To qualify, you will need to show that you continue to represent your employer in the UK demonstrate that they maintain a primary place of business overseas. You will not usually be eligible to apply if you have spent more than 180 days outside of the UK in any 12 month period.

The contents of this webpage are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute legal advice. All information is correct as of the date of publication, and any individual or organisation should be careful to seek qualified advice from a specialist immigration lawyer before acting on any of the topics referenced by this content.