UK Ancestry Visas
Citizens of Commonwealth nations may be eligible for an ancestry visa in the United Kingdom. This type of visa allows you to live and work in the UK for a period of 5 years, after which you can apply for a settlement visa to stay permanently.
Ancestry visas must be applied for fro outside the UK. If you are already in the UK, you will not be able to switch to an ancestry visa from another category. If you are currently in the UK, contact Global-Migrate to find out about your visa options.
The basic requirements for the ancestry visa are straightforward.
- You must be a Commonwealth citizen
- You must be 17 or older
- You must be able to work when you come to the UK and be able to support yourself without public funds
- You must have at least one British grandparent.
You will need to show your ancestry through birth certificates, marriage certificates, and adoption certificates, if applicable. You can’t claim ancestry on the basis of step-parents, but you can claim through adoption. If you are not sure whether you are able to apply based on your ancestry, call Global-Migrate for a free assessment.
If you are granted an ancestry visa, your family will be able to come with you, or join you in the UK. This includes your husband, wife, or civil partner, as well as any children under the age of 18. To apply for an ancestry visa and entry clearance for family members, get in touch with Global-Migrate.
The ancestry visa can be an ideal choice for those who qualify. The application does require proof of your grandparent citizenship, and you will need to provide plenty of documentation. If you have any questions about the application process, or if you want help with your application, get in touch today. We are happy to provide a free visa assessment to determine if your application will be successful.