UK Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa lets Commonwealth and British Overseas people live, work, and study in the UK if they have a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

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What is UK Ancestry Visa?

Getting an Ancestry Visa UK may be possible if you are from a Commonwealth country and one of your grandparents was born in the UK. The visa is valid for five years. You can now live, work, and go to school in the UK. After five years, you can either ask for your position to be renewed or changed to “settled.”

To get an Ancestry Visa, you don’t need to have a job offer in the UK before you apply. That makes the path a lot easier for those who are. With this type of visa, you won’t be able to get state funds, so proof that you can pay your own expenses will be very important.

Since you are applying as a family member of a British person, you will need to show proof in great detail that they are British. It can be hard to find these for grandparents who have been away from the UK for a long time.

Speak to our experienced assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free on 02033844389.

What are the eligibility requirements for UK Ancestry Visa?

If you want to get a UK Ancestry Visa, you need to meet these conditions:

  • At least 17 years old;
  • Have enough money to take care of yourself and anyone who depends on you without using public funds;
  • Want to work in the UK; and
  • Be a citizen of the Commonwealth or one of these groups:
    • a British person living abroad
    • a British citizen of a foreign territory
    • a British citizen living abroad
    • who was born in Zimbabwe

You must also have at least one of the following family conditions:

  • Birthplace of a grandparent in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man;
  • Have a grandfather who was born in what is now the Republic of Ireland on or before March 31, 1922;
  • Have a grandparent who was born on a ship or plane registered in Britain.

This type of visa can also be used if you or a parent were adopted or born in the UK, whether you were married or not.

Through your stepparents, you can’t say that you have UK heritage.

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How to Apply for a British Ancestry Visa?

You can’t apply for a UK ancestry visa from inside the UK.

You have to use the gov.uk website to send in your application.

Additionally, you must make and show up for a meeting at a nearby visa application centre as part of your application. They will take your fingerprints and a picture of you there as part of your biometrics.

Your application should be turned in no more than three months before you go to the UK.

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Which documents are required for an ancestry visa United Kingdom?

You will need the following things in order to apply:

  • A passport or other valid form of identification valid for travel.
  • A full copy of your birth certificate.
  • You will need the complete birth certificate of the grandparent that you are claiming as an ancestor.
  • Moreover, you need to show proof that you want to work in the UK. This could be a job offer or a business plan if you want to work for yourself.
  • There are bank records that show you have enough money to live on.

You may also need to show the following papers, based on your situation:

  • Your TB test results if you’re applying from a country that requires one.
  • Provide proof of relationship with your spouse/partner and children, if coming.
  • Get copies of the marriage documents for your parents and grandparents if they were married.
  • If you or your parents were adopted, you will need to show proof.
  • Proof that your parents or grandparents have legally changed their names.

Depending on your situation, you may need other papers as well. We will be able to tell you what papers you need if you apply through the Immigration Advice Service.

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What are the Costs of Ancestry Visa UK and processing time?

The cost of ancestry visa UK is £637.

You and your family members will also have to pay an extra £1,035 for NHS healthcare while you are in the UK. This is for adults and £776 for children under 18.

There may be extra costs during the application process as well, like if you need to have official papers translated into English.

Application for an Ancestry visa can take up to three weeks to process. There may be a priority processing service you can pay for that will get your application handled faster, but it will cost you extra.

To get started you can either call us at 02033844389 or complete the assessment form and one of the team will call you

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Get Indefinite Leave to Remain with an Ancestry Visa

If you have an Ancestry visa and stay in the UK for 5 years, you might be able to ask for indefinite leave to remain, which is the UK’s term for permanent settlement.

All of the following must be true for you to be eligible:

  • You have been in the UK on this visa for 5 years and haven’t been outside the UK for more than 180 days in any one year.
  • Additionally, you have enough money to keep taking care of yourself and your children.
  • You want to work in the UK and can.
  • You are still a citizen of a Commonwealth (or other) country that qualifies.
  • Moreover, your English level is good enough if you are between the ages of 18 and 64.
  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you passed the Life in the UK test.
  • For as long as you have indefinite leave to remain, you can stay in the UK without having to renew your status. You will also be able to get public cash and claim benefits. Moreover, you might be able to apply for British citizenship after living in the UK for a year with indefinite leave to stay.

To get indefinite leave to stay, you have to pay £2,885. You should apply no more than 28 days before the end of your 5-year period.

On the gov.uk website, you should fill out an application.

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UK Ancestry Visa Refusal

It can be frustrating to have your application for a UK Ancestry Visa turned down. The following are some of the most popular reasons why people say no:

  • You’re not a citizen of an eligible nation.
  • Not enough proof that you are looking for work in the UK
  • You can’t show proof that one of your grandparents was born in a certain year.
  • Unfortunately, you can’t show that you have enough money to live on in the UK.
  • Not complete or correct application
  • Failure to send the necessary supporting documents
  • Failure to reply to the Home Office’s requests for additional information

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 order.

If your application is denied, our immigration solicitors can help. Our team will tell you what to do next based on the reason your application was turned down so that it can be approved. You can call our immigration experts at 02033844389.

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On a UK Ancestry Visa, what you can and can't do?

You can do the following with a British Ancestor visa:

  • You can work for anyone and in any job.
  • Study
  • Bring your close family members.

You can’t:

If you are already in the UK on a different type of visa, you can move to this one. You can also apply to get public funds, like welfare benefits.

How long can you stay outside the UK on an Ancestry visa?

If you want to get ILR, you will have to show that you have lived in the UK for 5 years straight. In the last five years, you have spent no more than 180 days outside of the UK in any one year. Applicants must also really want to work while they are in the UK. Spending a lot of time outside the UK may indicate that this is not your aim and damage your visa.

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UK Ancestry Visa UK Extension

You can renew or extend your UK ancestry visa online before the end of your current leave time if you want to stay longer than the initial 5 years. People who have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years and don’t want to or can’t apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain can renew or extend their UK family visa. This can be because of pending criminal convictions.

You must apply for an extension on your Ancestry visa UK before it runs out. You can also include family members who rely on you if they are applying at the same time.

If you continue to meet the requirements, the rules say that your Ancestry visa UK can be renewed as many times as you need it to be.

It costs £1,048 to extend your Ancestry visa, and people who want to do so must also pay the NHS healthcare extra.

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How Can UK Immigration Solcitors Help?

We have skilled immigration lawyers who can help you get UK Ancestry visas for you and your family. We will work with you to figure out if your heritage makes you eligible. As part of this, we may help you find family history papers that you can use as proof with the Home Office.

We will also check your documents and fill out your application using our professional knowledge. As part of our services, one of our lawyers will also write a Letter of Representation. This letter uses your supporting documents, important UK immigration laws, and court cases to back up your application. This will help your chances of getting a UK Ancestry Visa the most.

To talk to a skilled immigration lawyer, contact us online or call right now at 02033844389. You can also read our faqs below for more details.

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