The UK Ancestry Visa route is still one of the most advantageous ways for persons to live and work in the UK. Dependents of the UK Ancestry Visa holder also have some very advantageous conditions attached to their visas.
Who can qualify as dependents?
A dependent can be anyone of the following persons;
The spouse; civil partner or unmarried partner, and children under the age of 18 years old of the Ancestry visa applicant. Unfortunately, children over the age of 18 years old will not be able to qualify under most circumstances. There are exceptions to this rule, but they are very rare. Speak to your BIC consultant about your specific case.
Coming to the UK as a dependent
The dependents of the Ancestry visa applicant can apply for a visa to join the main applicant in the UK, at the same time as when the main visa application is submitted. If the application is successful, the Home Office will grant leave to the dependents for the same period as the UK Ancestry Visa holder.
It is also possible for dependents to apply at a later stage. However, as a general rule children have to be under 18 when they apply.
Qualifying for Indefinite Leave to Remain
The dependants of the Ancestry visa holder can apply Indefinite Leave to Remain at the same time as the main visa holder. Even if they have only been in the UK on this status for a period shorter than the qualifying period of five years, they can apply. However, once they obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain, they will first have to fulfil the five-year residence period in the UK, before they can apply for British citizenship.
In cases where the relationship between a partner/spouse and the main visa holder breaks down, before the dependant has reached Indefinite Leave to Remain, he/she will have to switch to another visa status. If there are no other visa options available for the dependant, he/she will have to return to their home country. However, we strongly advise that you seek advice in cases where the relationship breaks down before ILR has been reached.
Please also see more information on the UK Ancestry Visa route.