I'm a software developer working remotely from Nigeria and I started working with a UK company this month after being unemployed for 6+ months. The company is planning an onsite meeting of everyone in the company for November and I was wondering if I should even bother applying since my situation seems so complicated.
My contract explicitly states that I am an "Independent Contractor" so I can't fill "Employed" on the visa application. The next (and what I believe is the correct) option is "Self-Employed" but the guide says I would have to send in supporting documents proving I own a business but, I do not as I work... individually (for lack of a better word). Am I "Unemployed" for this situation?
The company is sponsoring all costs related to the 1 week visit but my personal finances aren't great since I've depleted my savings during the period of unemployment. I have £4000 in "savings" (salary for this month) in Transferwise (which I use to receive GBP payment) and <100K naira in my bank account. My bank account shows a history of supporting a dependent relative but nothing more.
Is there any chance I get the visa even as I'm being invited over or should I forget it? And what are the things I can do to have a stronger case for next time? Register a business?