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Ancestral Visas

For applicants over 17 years of age who have have a grandparent born in the UK or Republic Of Ireland (prior to 31st March 1992). Applicants need to be able to demonstrate they are able to and intend to work in the UK.

Partner Visas

The UK offers 4 types of partner visa; married, un-married, same sex and fiancée. Partner visas allow you to work and can lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Tier 1 Visa

Previously known as the highly skilled migrant visa. The Tier 1 Visa can be granted to individuals without the need for a job offer.

Tier 2 Visa

Tier 2 Visas are aimed at allowing the UK to accept migrant applications for work visas that will help to fill shortages in the UK labour market. A confirmed job offer is required.

Youth Mobility

Previously known as a working holiday visas. The Youth Mobility Scheme is only available to those who have citizenship of a country with a reciprocal agreement in place.

Tourist Visa

For those thinking of going to the UK on holiday or on a business trip, certain nationalities require tourist visa to be obtained prior to entry into the UK.


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UK Ancestry Visa

Ancestral Visa for the UK - (General) Overview

The UK ancestry visa is made available to Commonwealth citizens for the purpose of immigration to the UK. Applicants for an ancestry visa for the UK must prove that they have a UK born Grandparent (alive or deceased) that they are related to by birth or by official adoption. This visa will only be issued from outside of the UK and will be granted for a period of 5 years. At the end of the 5 year visa the applicant may apply for permanent residency in the UK. The UK Ancestry Visa allows the visa holder and their dependents to work unrestricted in the occupation of their choice including self employed and contracting their services via a Ltd Company. In addition to having a UK born grandparent you must also be able to demonstrate that you are 17 years or above, intend to seek employment on arrival in the UK and that you are able to support yourself and any dependents without recourse to public funds.

Do I qualify for a UK ancestry visa?
Can I work with a UK ancestral visa?
How long is a UK ancestral visa valid for?
What happens when my UK ancestral visa expires?
Where do I apply for a UK ancestral visa?
Is the UK ancestral visa points based?
Can I start my own business if I hold a UK ancestral visa?
What ancestral ties must I show to apply for a UK ancestral visa?
What age must applicants for UK ancestral visa be?
Must I hold a certain citizenship?
Where can I get professional help to apply for a UK ancestral visa?

UK Ancestry Visa - Do I Qualify?

Applicants for a UK ancestry visa will need to prove the following:
  • They are a Commonwealth citizen
  • Aged 17 or over
  • Have a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • Have a grandparent who was born in what is now the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922 (see note below)
  • Are able to work and intend to do so in the UK, and
  • Can support yourself and any dependents without needing any help from public funds.
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UK Ancestry Visa - Can I work?

Successful applicants for UK ancestry visa are able to work without the need for obtaining a UK work visa.

It is a provision of the UK ancestry visa that you intend to work or look for a job as part of the application process.

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UK Ancestry - How long is the visa valid for?

Arrivals to the UK on a UK ancestral visa are permitted to stay for 5 years.

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UK Ancestry Visa - What happens after 5 years, can I get permanent residency?

Holders of the UK ancestral visa for 5 years can subsequently apply for permanent residency, it should be noted that:
  • You will still need to meet the criteria for a UK ancestral visa
  • You have been employed for 5 years in the UK without any long spells of absence

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UK Ancestry Visa - Where do I apply?

Applications for UK ancestral visa’s can only be made in the country where you normally reside. You cannot travel to the UK and make your application there.

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UK Ancestry Visa - Is there a points based skills assessment?

As the UK ancestral visa is based on family ties there is not points testing as per other visa’s such as the Highly Skilled immigrant programme or Tier 1 and Tier 2 UK visa.

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UK Ancestry Visa - Can I set up my own business?

Successful applicants under the ancestral visa can set up their own business. Unlike the business visa there is no need to commit a certain amount of investment or create a certain amount of jobs.

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UK Ancestry Visa - What family ties must I prove?

Successful application for a UK ancestral visa must show either of the following:
  • Have a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • Have a grandparent who was born in what is now the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922

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UK Ancestry Visa - What age must I be to apply?

You must have attained a minimum age of 17.

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UK Ancestry Visa - Must I hold a certain citizenship?

Applications are only considered from Commonwealth citizens.

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UK Ancestry Visa - Professional assistance?

The Intergate Immigration Group has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading immigration experts to provide a comprehensive UK visa application service. The Intergate Immigration Group has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading immigration experts to provide a comprehensive UK visa application service.
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