Everything You Need To Know About Ancestry Visa UK

UK Ancestry Visas - UK Immigration Solicitors

An Ancestry visa in the UK could be an option for you if you can prove a family connection to the UK. The UK Ancestry visa offers a great deal of flexibility, enabling holders to work and study for a maximum of five years simultaneously. Here you can find comprehensive information regarding the UK’s Ancestry visa, including its benefits, who may apply, what documents are required, how to apply, what charges are involved, etc. 

What is the UK Ancestry visa?

Commonwealth citizens, British foreign citizens, British nationals (overseas), and Zimbabwean citizens with family ties to the UK can come here for up to 5 years with the Brexit Ancestry Visa. If someone wants to show a family connection, they must have grandparents who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

People with a UK Ancestry visa can work, study, and bring their partner or child with them. Work can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, for someone else or for yourself. As previously stated, this visa is a direct way to live in the UK permanently. You can apply for ILR after living in the UK continuously for 5 years on an Ancestry Visa UK.

For further details on the UK Ancestry Visa, visit our page. 

What are the eligibility criteria for a UK Ancestry visa?

If you want to get an Ancestry Visa UK, you must:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Being a citizen of the Commonwealth, the British overseas regions, or Zimbabwe is not enough. You must also be a British national (overseas) or a citizen of Zimbabwe.
  • Apply from outside the United Kingdom.
  • Show proof that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
  • You want to work in the UK.
  • Ensure that you and any dependents can live comfortably without relying on public assistance.

If you’re unsure about your eligibility for the Ancestry Visa UK, reach out to our experts today for personalized guidance at 0203 384 4389.

Bringing a partner and children to the UK

Those who apply for a UK Ancestry visa can bring their spouse or partner and children who depend on them to live with them in the UK. The person applying for the visa must be married to, in a civil partnership with, or have lived with the person asking for the visa for at least two years before applying. Children need to:

  • Share your home with the application unless they go to a boarding school, university, or college.
  • Depending on the applicant’s financially, and
  • Be single and not married or in a civil partnership.

Evidence Required to Support a UK Ancestry Visa Application

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will ask for a number of documents and proofs as part of the application process for a UK Ancestry visa. You are asked to provide some or all of the following papers (please note that this list is not complete):

  • A passport or another acceptable form of identification
  • Complete birth certificate
  • Proof that your ancestors came from the UK:
    • To prove ancestry, you need full birth records of parents and grandparents.
    • Proof that parents or grandparents altered their names since birth (marriage or a civil relationship certificate or deed poll),
    • Applicants must show adoption papers if their parents were adopted.
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself, like bank records from no more than 31 days before the application date.
  • TB test reports that are needed
  • To bring a partner to the UK, you will need a marriage certificate or a civil partnership registration documents.

If you encounter any challenges understanding the required documents for the Ancestry Visa UK, consult with our immigration solicitors for expert assistance at 0203 384 4389.

How to apply for a UK Ancestry visa?

To get a UK Ancestry visa, you need to perform the following steps:

  • Fill out the online1 Ancestry visa application form. You must do this before you go to the UK, but you can do it up to three months before you go. Those who depend on you will each need to make their own application to come to the UK with you.
  • Please upload any proof you need to support your case (see below for more information on the types of proof you may need to give).
  • Along with the BRP fee, you need to pay the application fees and the healthcare extra.
  • Make an appointment at a visa application office in the country you are in. To get your biometrics (photo and fingerprints), which are required for your biometric residence pass (BRP), you need to make an appointment.

In three weeks, you should hear back about the decision on your visa application.

Can the UK Ancestry visa be extended?

After 5 years, the UK Ancestry visa can be extended. It is important to make sure that any requests for extensions get to the Home Office before the visa ends. Additionally, the extension process can be done on the website of the UK government. Besides the immigration health surcharge, a fee of £1,048 must be paid to get an extension. If you bring a partner or child with you, their visas will also need to be extended. It does not happen instantly.

What can you do with an Ancestry visa?

Under an ancestry visa, you are usually free to work anything you choose. You will be able to do any kind of work in the UK, no matter how skilled you are.

You may want to work for someone else, or you might want to start your own business so that you can work for yourself. With this type of visa, you can even do both. This is different from other visa types that don’t give you as many job choices.

You can also volunteer and learn at the same time that you work or look for work.

Benefits of Having Ancestry Visa UK

The UK Ancestry visa gives you more than just the right to move to the UK and live there as a resident. If you are qualified for more than one way to move to the UK and are thinking about other options, this visa might be the best choice for you.

‎Last for 5 years

It’s difficult to apply for a UK visa. You have to plan a lot of things and jump through a lot of hoops. A good thing about the UK Ancestry visa is that it gives you a long 5-year period. So once you’re accepted, you won’t have to worry about visas for another 5 years. Compared to the Youth Mobility visa, which only lasts for two to three years.

British citizenship Pathway

You can become a British citizen like your grandfather after 5 years of living in the UK on a UK Ancestry visa. This is called ILR, which stands for “Indefinite Leave to Remain.” When it comes to getting ILR and becoming a British citizen, not all UK visas count, but the UK Ancestry visa does.

‎Apply Without a Job

Not like many other UK visas, you do not require a job offer from a UK company before you come to the UK. There are a lot more options for you to find a job that fits your needs.

‎What is the Cost to Apply for Ancestry Visa UK?

The fee to apply for a UK Ancestor visa is £531. People who want to apply must also pay a biometric residence permit (BRP) fee of £19.20 and the NHS healthcare extra.

Extra cost for NHS healthcare

People who want to apply also have to pay the NHS healthcare fee upfront. This costs £1035 a year for adults and £776 a year for children under 18. With the NHS healthcare fee, people with an ancestry visa and their dependent family members can use the National Health Service in the UK.

Fast Track Choice

There may be extra services at the community’s visa application centre that let you pay an extra £500 for the priority service (a decision within 5 working days) or £800 for the super-priority services (a decision by the end of the next working day). At the standard application process, it takes three weeks to process an entry.

Ancestry Visa UK Refusal

Refusing a UK Ancestry Visa application is frustrating. The following are some of the most popular reasons for refusal:

  • You do not have the right to be a member of a Commonwealth country.
  • Not enough proof that you are looking for work in the UK
  • There is no proof that one of your grandparents was born in the UK.
  • Unfortunately, you can’t show that you have enough money to live on in the UK.
  • Application that is missing or wrong information
  • Not submitting the necessary supporting papers
  • Not giving more information when the Home Office asked for it
  • If your application for an Ancestry Visa is turned down, you will not be able to automatically appeal, unless there was a clear mistake in the decision-making process.

In other words, if you think your application should have been accepted, you could ask for an official review of the decision.

We want you to know that if your visa application is denied, you may speak to us about it, and we will do everything we can to help you reach your goal of coming to the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Who Is Eligible for Ancestral Visa in the UK?

Ans. Commonwealth people aged 17 and up with family ties to the UK can get a UK ancestry visa. To be eligible, you must have a grandparent who was born in the UK or The Isles, or on a ship or plane registered in the UK.

Q2: For how many times can you get an extra UK ancestry visa?

Ans. You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you want, as long as you continue to fulfil the requirements. After 5 years, you may also be able to get indefinite leave to stay.

Q3: Can someone get married with this visa?

Ans. You can get married in the UK if you have a UK ancestry visa. You don’t need to apply for any other immigration permission. Also, you can look for a settlement after living in the UK for five years continuously.

Q4: Are there Language Proficiency Requirements for UK Ancestry Visas?

Ans. English is an official language in all Commonwealth countries, British overseas regions, and Zimbabwe, so you don’t have to show proof of your English language skills when you submit an application for a UK Ancestry visa.

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