The Ancestry visa is for Commonwealth citizens, who have a grandparent born in the UK and enables them to enter, live, work and settle in the United Kingdom on the basis of this ancestry. This category can only be applied from outside the UK and is normally granted for 5 years.
In order to qualify for a UK Ancestry visa, the applicant must be above 17 years old and satisfy the below requirements.
The applicant must also show that they have enough funds in the bank account and also pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge. It is possible to establish and meet the relationship requirement if the applicant or their parents were previously adopted, and if such adoption is recognisable under UK laws.
The applicants, under this category if successful, are normally granted 5 years leave. The key advantages of this route are that there is no requirement of a work sponsor and applicants are free to live and work in the UK without any restriction and bring spouse, partner and/or dependent children to the UK. Dependants are also allowed to stay for the same time as the main applicant without any restrictions relating to their employment.
Further to the completion of 5 years residency, applicants may apply for settlement in the UK. They must provide evidence of working or genuinely seeking work during the 5 year residency to qualify for the settlement. In addition to this, applicants must not have spent more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months during the 5 years leading to settlement and must satisfy the knowledge of English language and Life in the UK.
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