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You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen with grandparent(s) who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, before 31 March 1922. You need to be 17 or over and have enough money to support and house yourself and any dependants and plan to work in the UK.
You can claim ancestry if you or your parent were adopted and your parents or grandparents were not married. You can’t claim UK ancestry through step-parents.
You can stay in the UK for five years on this visa and after this time, you can apply to extend your UK visa for a further five years, then apply to settle permanently with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status. To be eligible for ILR you must have spent continuous period of five years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement and pass the Life in the UK test.
With a UK Ancestry visa you are entitled to work (employed or self-employed, full-time or part-time), study and be accompanied by your partner and children under the age of 18. You cannot change into this visa if you arrived in the UK on a different visa and you cannot claim public funds, such as state benefits.
The process of applying for a UK Ancestry visa can be lengthy and frustrating without the right guidance. Bridge Partners have years of experience in obtaining UK visas, so with our advice, you can get your Ancestry visa as quickly and efficiently as possible.