UK Ancestry Visa

UK Ancestry Visa

Based on your family’s circumstances, you may be eligible for a UK Ancestry Visa. Talk to our experts to learn more about our services.

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UK Ancestry Visa

If you are a citizen of a Commonwealth country and one of your grandparents was born in the UK, you may be eligible for a five-year UK Ancestry Visa. This will allow you to live, work and study in the UK. After five years, you can either apply for a renewal or apply for settled status.

The Ancestral Visa UK does not require you to have already been offered a job in the UK before you apply. This makes it a much simpler route for those who are eligible. You will not be able to claim public funds on this visa type, so evidence of maintenance will be vital to receiving a good result.

Because you are applying as the relative of a British citizen, you will need to provide detailed evidence which proves their British heritage. These can sometimes be difficult to source for grandparents who left the UK a long time ago.

UK Ancestry Visa refused

Having an application for the UK Ancestry Visa refused can be a frustrating experience. Some of the most common reasons for refusal include the following:

  • You are not an eligible citizen of a commonwealth country
  • You fail to show that you are actively seeking work in the UK
  • You cannot provide proof that one of your grandparents was born in the UK
  • You are unable to demonstrate that you have adequate finances to support yourself in the UK
  • Incomplete or inaccurate application
  • Failure to submit relevant supporting documents
  • Failure to respond to Home Office requests for further information

Unfortunately, if your Ancestry Visa application is refused, there is no automatic right of appeal, unless there is a clear error in the decision process.

This means you could request an administrative review of the decision if you are sure that your application ought to have been accepted.

You can speak with us if your visa application is refused and we can provide comprehensive support and advice on your situation to give you the best chance of achieving your goal in coming to the UK.

Ancestry Visa Help

Our experienced immigration lawyers can work with you to help you secure your UK Ancestry Visa. We will work with you to assess whether your heritage makes you eligible which can include sourcing and locating family history documents for you, to use as evidence for the Home Office.

We will also perform a document check and fill your application out using expert knowledge. Our services also involve one of our lawyers producing a Letter of Representation. This letter references your supporting documents, relevant UK immigration laws and cases in support of your application. This will maximise your chances of a successful UK Ancestry Visa application.

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