An ancestry visa is a visa that will allow a Commonwealth citizen with ancestral links to the United Kingdom to live and work in the UK and to be allowed to bring family members to live with you. An Ancestry Visa offers full freedom to work in the UK, including working as a self-employed person or starting your own business.
Who is eligible?
You will be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa if you meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
You can claim ancestry even if either you or the relevant parent were adopted, or born outside marriage in the UK but ancestry cannot be claimed through step-parents.
What documents are needed?
If your application for a UK ancestry visa is successful you will be granted permission to remain in the UK for five years. At the conclusion of this five year period you will then be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) provided that:
You continue to meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules for UK ancestry, and
You have spent five years continuously in the UK and can show that you have an employment history throughout that five year period. If you intend to apply for ILR you should not spend more than 180 days per year outside the UK during this five year period.
If at the end of your five year ancestry visa you do not meet all of the ILR qualifying criteria you may apply for an extension to your ancestry visa.
Your UK Ancestry visa will cost £516 with the Healthcare Surcharge also payable.
General grounds for refusal
In all cases, you must check that the applicant does not fall for refusal under thegeneral grounds for refusal in paragraphs 320 to 322 of the Immigration Rules.
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