UK Ancestry Visa

Eligibility for this visa is extended to qualifying Commonwealth citizens residing outside the United Kingdom, provided they have a British grandparent born in the United Kingdom.

Call our experienced solicitors at 0203 384 4389 for more information about the Ancestry Visa application process.

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What is UK Ancestry Visa?

You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you:

Speak to our experienced assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free on 0203 384 4389.

What is the eligibility for UK Ancestry Visa?

American nationals are not eligible for this visa. But, if you are a qualifying Commonwealth citizen residing in the US, you may be able to apply for this UK Ancestry Visa. You must fulfill several additional eligibility requirements to be qualified for the Ancestry Visa, in addition to being a Commonwealth citizen.
The British Ancestry Visa requirements are as follows:

Why Choose UK Immigration Solicitors?

Choose UK Immigration Solicitors for our expert legal guidance and personalized support in navigating the complex UK immigration process. Our experienced team ensures a streamlined, compliant visa application experience, maximizing your chances of a successful outcome.

UK Immigration Solicitors are renowned for their deep expertise in UK immigration law, offering tailored advice specific to your unique circumstances.

Call us now for further details at 0203 384 4389

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

What is the benefit of using UK Immigration Solicitors?

Immigration rules are complex and subject to regular changes and revisions. This itself presents problems as it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and have complied with any changes to the routes, processes and evidence requirements.

Failure to meet strict rules is likely to result in the application being refused which, in turn, is likely have an emotional and financial strain on you and your family.

It is our job to ensure we are fully aware of the latest immigration rules, policies and procedures. We don’t leave matters to chance. Once you become a client of ours, we explain our strategy and tell you exactly how we propose to get you the right result. We will pinpoint the positives and negatives of your circumstances and explain where issues may arise and what would need to be done to fix them. We provide step by step guidance and advice throughout the entire process professionally. Our vast experience allows us to foresee problems before they arise and pro-actively adopt a strategic action plan.

Our legal fees are always agreed and fixed with you right at the beginning of your case, so you have complete peace of mind and control over the costs to ensure there are no restrictions or unpleasant surprises.

There are many online agencies, advisors and marketing companies who claim to be immigration experts but, provide very little expertise.

Let us be very clear here, if you are paying for someone just to fill in the forms for you, you should think about how you can put that money to better use and avoid gambling with your future by using inexperienced and ineffective companies.

We are a fully regulated nationwide, multi award winning law firm that specialises in immigration. Having more than 60 years of combined expertise and having handled more than 8,000 cases we have unrivalled experience and expertise to ensure you get the right result first time around – Don’t take our word for it though, check out our reviews to see why our clients trust us with their futures. We are rated 5* across the board and 98% of our clients have confirmed that they would recommend us to others. Call now at 0203 384 4389

We have illustrated our typical scope of service below so you can understand what we do for you as part of our service:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Why should you use Immigration Solicitors to help me?

Here are just some of the reasons to choose us:

To get started you can either call us at 0203 384 4389 or complete the assessment form and one of the team will call you

What is Free Needs Assessment?

If you have an immigration related problem or question, you can have a free assessment with a member of our assessments team.

The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.

The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.

Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.

The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.

If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.

This is a separate service and is chargeable at the prevailing rates.

Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers. Dial 0203 384 4389

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

Example: You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

You can stay in the UK for 5 years on this visa. You can apply to extend your visa. You can also apply to settle in the UK permanently.

You can:

  • work
  • study
  • bring family members

You can’t:

  • change (‘switch’) into this visa if you’re already in the UK on another visa
  • get public funds

You must prove that you:

 

  • are 17 or over
  • have enough money without help from public funds to support and house yourself and any dependants
  • can and plan to work in the UK

You must also show that you have a grandparent born in 1 of the following circumstances:

  • in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland
  • on a British-registered ship or aircraft

 

You can claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent:

  • were adopted
  • were born within or outside marriage in the UK

You can’t claim UK ancestry through step-parents.

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • bank statements to show you’ve enough money to support yourself
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

You’ll need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.

Ancestry documents

You’ll also need to provide:

  • your full birth certificate
  • your marriage certificate or civil partnership registration document if your husband, wife or civil partner wants to join you
  • the full birth certificates of the parent and grandparent your ancestry claim is based on
  • marriage certificates for your parents and grandparents if they were married
  • legal adoption papers if you or your parents are adopted
  • evidence that you’re planning to work in the UK, for example job offers you’ve received or a business plan if you’re self-employed

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend – including children who have turned 18 during your stay. You should apply before your current visa expires.

Eligibility

You can also apply to settle in the UK permanently if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years on this visa.

How long you can stay

You can extend your visa for a further 5 years.

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for postal applications
  • usually on the same day if you use the premium service

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

Your family members (‘dependants’) must apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:

  • your partner
  • your child under 18
  • your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant

They may also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of their application.

Dependants applying in the UK

Your dependants can apply to extend or switch their visas to stay with you if they’re already in the UK.

Members of your family can’t apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.

Children born while you’re in the UK

If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply for permission for them to stay.

You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with your child.

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