The UK Ancestral visa entitles a Commonwealth citizen, who has a grandparent born in the UK, to gain entry to the UK. The visa will permit you to take up or seek employment and eventually settle in the UK.
The main advantage of the UK Ancestral visa is that there are no work restrictions. At the end of a five-year period on this visa, you can qualify to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
How to qualify for the UK Ancestral Visa
You must be a Commonwealth citizen, 17 years of age or older. You must be able to prove that you have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. This grandparent can be on either side of your family.
A person can also apply for the UK Ancestry visa if they are adopted. Or if the parent through whom they are claiming ancestry is an adopted child. You can also claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent were born within or outside marriage in the UK. It is however not possible to claim UK ancestry through step-parents.
You must intend to work and be able to work. You must be able to support and accommodate yourself and any dependents without using public funds.
Spouses and dependents of the UK Ancestral holder
An Ancestry visa holder can apply for their spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and dependent children to join them in the UK. The dependents will be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant. They will also be able to work without restriction.
Length of stay and right to work
The visa is granted for a period of five years.
There are no work restrictions on the holder of the Ancestry visa and their dependents. Note, however, that in order to be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, the applicant must be able to provide evidence that they have been working during the five years of their UK Ancestry visa.
There is no recourse to public funds.
Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
At the end of successful completion of a five-year period on a UK Ancestral visa, the holder can apply for permanent residence, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain. This is of course subject to certain requirements.
If you do not meet the criteria to apply for permanent residence, you may apply to extend your Ancestry visa.
To apply, or to find out more about the UK Ancestry visa, please contact us today.