The UK Ancestry Visa is a great opportunity to work or study in the UK, this visa is open to Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent born in the UK.
Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent born in the UK, Applicants can apply with their spouse/partner and dependent children.
How Long Can You Stay?
Up to 5 years. After this period you can apply for permanent residency.
After you have submitted your online application, proved your identity and provided the relevant documents, 90% of applicants are processed within 3 weeks.
In order to qualify for this visa you must meet several minimum requirements.
- Citizen of a Commonwealth country.
- At least one grandparent born in the UK.
- Evidence that you can support yourself and dependants financially.
The UK Ancestry Visa allows you to work in any job, including self-employed or voluntary.
Occupations do not need to be registered on the skilled occupations list.
You must prove that you can speak, read, write and understand English. To do this, you must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Firstly, if you are a citizen of any of the below nations you are exempt from SELT.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- the Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Students are also exempt if you achieved a bachelors degree or higher in an English taught course.
The International English Language Test (IELTS) is designed to help you work, study or migrate to the UK.
Your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English will be assessed during the test. IELTS is graded on a scale of 1-9.
You will be required to achieve at least 7.0 overall for the Skilled Worker Visa and in each category, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
We suggest using TakeIELTS.net to practice with mock tests before you attempt IELTS.
You must have sufficient funds when applying for the UK Ancestry Visa, the total minimum costs will vary depending on your circumstances.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) entitles you to use the NHS if you become unwell or have an accident while in the UK.
You have to pay the IHS even if you do not use the NHS or even if you have your own private health insurance, the cost is £624 per year.
If you are applying for a 2-year visa you will have to pay £624 each year, Therefore you will have to pay a total of £1248.
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK, a bank statement will suffice.
The financial requirement is that you show you have enough money for your living costs for yourself and dependants while you move to the UK.
You must bring relevant documentation that will require some preparation before arriving in the UK. Although, This will vary depending on your occupation, nationality and length of stay.
- Your own full birth certificate
- Your parent or grandparent full birth certificate
- A valid passport for the entirety of the visa
- Bank statement proving sufficient funds
- Marriage certificate if arriving with your spouse
Criminal Record Certificate
If you are applying for certain jobs mostly in the public sector such as healthcare, welfare and education sectors. You will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which, since the age of 18, you have been present for 12 months or more in the 10 years before the date of your application.
For most applicants you must prove your identity by booking an appointment at a Visa Application Centre in your current country. The appointment will include collecting your fingerprints, facial photograph and signature. The UK government website has a list of addresses for each eligible country.
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