UK Ancestry Visa
Under the UK Immigration Policy for Ancestry Visas, Commonwealth Citizens who can show that their grandparent was born in the UK may apply for a visa that will allow them to stay in Britain for a period of five years. During that time, you may work without restriction, employed or self-employed. You may also freely exit and re-enter the UK multiple times.
To qualify, you must show that you:
- Are a Commonwealth Citizen
- Are aged 17 or over
- Have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom.
- Are able to work and intend to seek employment in the United Kingdom.(Part time study is acceptable for this visa category, however if full time study is the intention, then a student visa will be required).
- Can support and accommodate yourself completely.
Leading to Settlement
If you want to remain in the UK past the expiry date of your five-year visa, you and any dependants who have been in the UK for 5 years with you may then apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), one month before your visa expires. This status is also known as ‘Full Residency’ or ‘Permanent Residency’. ILR allows the holder to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. To be eligible to apply for ILR you must show that you have continued to meet the requirements of the Ancestry Visa and have spent a continuous period of five years in employment in the United Kingdom. Applicants that have been in the country for five years on an ancestry visa and then held residency for a further year may start the naturalisation process. Please note that due to Immigration Rules and policy changes you can no longer apply for Ancestry within the UK.