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What is the difference between the UK Expansion Worker visa and the Sole Representative visa?

The Sole Representative visa route is no longer open to new applicants and was more flexible than the UK Expansion Worker visa.  It also led to settlement in the UK which the UK Expansion Worker visa does not.  In addition, the UK Expansion Worker visa requires sponsorship which the Sole Rep visa didn’t.  However the Sole Rep visa only allowed one individual to come to the UK set up a UK entity whereas the UK Expansion Worker visa allows up to 5 individuals to launch the business in the UK.

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