The Ancestry visa route is open to those who are Commonwealth citizen’s and can evidence they have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Upon being granted this visa, you will be able work, study and have your dependants accompany you in the United Kingdom for a period of five years.
Once you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years on this route, you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Having ILR will enable you to be free from any immigration restrictions and live freely in the UK as a “settled” person.
The Ancestry visa has certain requirements regarding eligibility, validity, financial and suitability that must be met in order for the application to be successful.
If you would like further advice on this particular visa category, please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration team.
A national of New Zealand had come to us for assistance as he was advised that he could not apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK in this category as he was unable to provide evidence which showed that he had been in employment or self-employment in the UK for the full 5 year period. We had advised that there was no requirement for applicants with leave under the UK Ancestry visa category to show that they were continuously employed throughout the 5 year period. The requirement is for them to stay employed at the time of filing of the application or alternatively to show that they were seeking employment.
Further to our advice, our client successfully obtained indefinite leave to remain.
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- Immigration: Overview
- Bespoke audit services in preparation for UKVI Compliance visit
- Business Visit Visas
- Global Business Mobility visa
- Innovator Visas
- Investor Visas
- Representation against downgrading/suspension/revocation of a Sponsor Licence
- Representation at UKVI Compliance visits
- Skilled Worker Visas
- Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
- Sponsor Licensing for Employers
- Start-up Visas
- Temporary Worker Visas (Creative)