Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa route is for Commonwealth citizens who have a grandparent who was born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and who wishes to migrate to the UK with the freedom to live and work. This ancestry visa is granted for five years and opens up the entire job market to you in the UK without the restrictions of a working visa.

After five years of continuous stay in the UK under this visa, you may apply for permanent residency as long as you still meet with the requirements for the Ancestry visa and you have spent five years in employment in the UK without a break (spending fewer than 180 consecutive days outside of the country).

 We can help with your UK Ancestry Visa application

If you wish to apply for UK Ancestry visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Ancestry visa application and ensure that you meet all requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence; thereby leading to a successful Ancestry visa l application, avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.


Qualifying criteria for UK Ancestry Visa

In order for your UK Ancestry Visa application to be successful:

  • You will need to be aged 17 or over
  • You will need to have a grandparent who was born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland prior to 31 March 1922
  • You will work or are planning on working in the UK, and
  • You can adequately support and accommodate yourself and your dependents.

Documents required for UK Ancestry Visa application

You should include all the documents you can to show that you qualify for entry to the UK through UK Ancestry visa. This should include:

  • your full birth certificate
  • your marriage certificate, if you are married, and
  • the full birth certificates of the parent and grandparent through whose ancestry you are making your application.

You will also need the marriage certificates of your parents and grandparents, and legal adoption papers if you or your parents are adopted.

You must apply for your visa in the country of which you are a national or where you legally live.


What we can do for you to ensure your UK Ancestry Visa application is successful

To ensure that your ancestry Visa application is successful our team will:

  • Conduct a detailed assessment of your personal circumstances by a Solicitor to ensure this is the right course for you.
  • Completion and submission of your UK Ancestry Visa application in accordance with the Immigration Rules.
  • Keep you updated in regards to your application.

Benefits of applying for an Ancestry Visa

As the criteria to make a successful ancestry visa application are based on family ties, you will not need to meet the rigorous requirements of the points-based applications. UK Ancestry Visa is granted for an initial period of 5 years after which time you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. With the points-based application, the initial visa is usually granted for a period of 3 years and 4 months, after which you would have to reapply and submit fresh evidence of your ability to meet with the points based criteria.

Unlike points-based applications, you do not need to meet the onerous maintenance requirements where you are required to show a certain amount of savings for a specific period. Also, dissimilar to high-value immigration visa categories there will be no requirements to create jobs or invest in the UK. In addition, unlike work permit applications the applicant will not have restrictions on the type of employment you can undertake.

You can also apply for your dependants to come to the UK with you under this visa.

Why we provide the best legal advice in relation to your Ancestry Visa:

As a professional UK Solicitors law firm, we are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (link is external) (SRA) Therefore, are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such, are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also, as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice”. Instead, every telephone consultation is conducted by a lawyer; offering you accurate and informed legal guidance. Under your instruction, our qualified team of immigration solicitors and barristers will guide you through your case from the outset; ensuring that neither time nor money is wasted and that no mistakes are made when it matters the most.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including ancestry visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the ancestry visa application process.

Contact us for successful Ancestry Visa applications

Our experienced team of professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will guide you through the process of ancestry visa application step by step, complying with the strict letter of the law and limiting the possibility of failure. Consider HS Legal as your General Visit Visa adviser; call us for a telephone consultation today.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.