The UK Ancestry Visa: How to Get One

If you’re planning on working in the UK and have a grandparent who was born in the UK, then you could be eligible for a UK Ancestry visa. Under the UK’s immigration laws, commonwealth citizens applying from outside the UK can legally work in the country if they have some ancestral links to the country.

However, as with all visa applications, making the right moves is crucial to your chances of success. With this in mind, we’ve outlined three ways you can improve your chances of obtaining a UK Ancestry visa.

Apply On Time

The earliest you can apply for a UK Ancestry visa is three months before you travel. Additionally, you can only use your visa for five years before it expires. Staying within these time constraints is crucial if you want to avoid any legal issues in the future.

Another point to note is that there is now a health surcharge of £200 per annum to cover NHS costs. This previously didn’t apply to residents of Australia and New Zealand but now does.

You Don’t Always Need Documents

One of the most crucial aspects of the application is proof that a grandparent was born in the UK. A lot of applicants fail to apply because they don’t have access to their grandparent’s birth certificate.

In most situations it’s possible to obtain these documents through a third-party. Although there may be cost implications to this, you shouldn’t assume that you can make an application if you don’t have the original documents.

You Need Some Things in Place, But Not Everything!

British Ancestry Visa applicants must have at least £1,200 in their bank account 90 days before their application. This is something you have to have in place, but it doesn’t need to be “your” money. Using an official sponsor, a parent or a friend to raise the funds is entirely acceptable.

One thing you don’t have to have in place is a job. While you may be entering the country with the intention to work, it’s not essential that you have a solid job offer. As long as you show intent to find a job, this is usually enough for administrators to grant your application (assuming all the other conditions are met).

A UK Ancestry visa is a great way for someone with UK lineage to enter the country for work or study and, if you can follow the above steps, you should find it’s a simple process that takes very little time and effort.

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.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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