The UK Ancestry visa entitles a Commonwealth citizen, who has a grandparent born in the UK, to gain entry to the UK permitting them to take up or seek employment and eventually settle in the UK.
The main advantage of this visa is that there are no work restrictions and at the end of a five-year period on this visa, one can qualify to apply for permanent residence
How to qualify
You must be a Commonwealth citizen, 17 years of age or older, and you must be able to prove that you have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. This grandparent can be on either side of your family. A person can also apply for the ancestry visa if they are adopted, or if the parent through whom they are claiming ancestry is an adopted child. Furthermore, you must intend to work and be able to work and be able to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants without using public funds.
Spouses and dependants
An Ancestry visa holder can apply for their spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and dependant children to join them in the UK, where theywill be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant and be able to work without restriction.
Length of stay and right to work
The visa is granted for a period of five years.
There are no work restrictions on the holder of the Ancestry visa and their dependants. In order to be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, the applicant must be able to provide evidence that they have been working during the five years of their visa.
Permanent Residence in the UK
At the end of successful completion of a five-year period on an Ancestral visa, the holder can apply for permanent residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain, subject to certain requirements.
If the applicant does not meet the criteria required to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain then an application may be submitted for the extension of the Ancestry Visa status.