UK Ancestry Visa

Our immigration team, XT 24, possesses substantial expertise in aiding applicants with ancestry visa applications. Currently, the UK Ancestry visa pathway enables individuals over 17 years of age from the Commonwealth, including British Overseas Territories citizens, British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas citizens, and British subjects, to enter the UK for work or job search purposes.

Qualifying for the UK Ancestry Visa

To qualify for an ancestry visa, you need to demonstrate that:

  • You are over 17 years old.
  • You are a Commonwealth citizen, lawfully resident in a country outside the UK.
  • You have the ability and genuine intent to work in the UK, encompassing voluntary work.
  • You have adequate funds to support yourself and any dependent family members without relying on public funds.

Additionally, you must prove that one of your grandparents:

  • Was born in the UK or Islands (Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).
  • Was born before March 31, 1922, in what is now the Republic of Ireland.
  • Was born on a British-registered ship or aircraft.

Visa Duration and Extensions

Upon approval, you will receive a visa valid for five years. After this period, you can apply to extend your visa or, if you meet the requirements, apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Activities Allowed as an Ancestry Visa Holder

Ancestry visa holders are free to work in the UK without restrictions, including self-employment and voluntary work. Additionally, studying in the UK is permitted, subject to certain conditions.

Family Accompaniment

The ancestry visa allows you to bring a dependent spouse or partner and dependent children under 18 at the time of your initial application.

Settling in the UK

In most cases, you become eligible for indefinite leave to remain in the UK after holding an ancestry visa for at least five years. To qualify, you must:

  • Remain a Commonwealth citizen.
  • Have spent a continuous five-year period in the UK without violating immigration laws.
  • Meet requirements for absences (not exceeding 180 days in any continuous 12-month period).
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and pass the Life in the UK test.

For further information about our services and personal immigration assistance, please reach out to an XT 24 team member who can address your queries and guide you through the process.

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