UK Ancestry Visa – Less Problematic than Many Suspect
The UK Ancestry visa is available to anyone who can legitimately claim their relationship to a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. It is a relatively straightforward means to establish the right to live, work in the UK for an initial five year period. This, in turn can be used as a stepping stone towards gaining indefinite leave to remain, and thereafter British Citizenship.
There are a number of misconceptions that potential applicants frequently hold, and these can deter them from exploring this means of moving to the UK. The most fundamental, and perhaps the easiest to remedy is the belief that a paper birth certificate is required in order to validate the necessary family connection. This is, perhaps not surprisingly, not always easy to source in paper form, however it could be possible to source these documents digitally via the National Archives website.
A second obstacle that can dissuade potential applicants is the necessity – as laid down by UKBI – to show they have sufficient funds to self-support in the UK 90 days before they plan to travel. The precise figure varies on a case by case basis, but is usually between £1,200 to £1,600. However, this can be easily overcome if a suitable sponsor ready to support you.
The Question of Work
As long as the applicant is prepared to work during his or her time in the UK there is no obstacle to using the ancestry visa as a means to facilitate a period of study in the UK. This is often misunderstood. The one other issue we come across is that would-be applicants are reluctant to actually apply because they do not have a UK job offer. The important thing to remember here is that it is necessary to merely commit to looking for work once in the UK.
Misunderstandings of this nature often dissuade potential applicants from exploring the ancestry route, but with the right advice it is a straightforward route to a life in the UK with British Ancestry Visa. It is an option that citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and any other countries whose family origins are in the UK are advised to explore fully.
YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are specialist immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.