If you have family connections to the United Kingdom, you may be eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry visa.
To apply for this visa, applicants must:
be a Commonwealth citizen and be 17 or over.
prove that one of their grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
plan to work in the UK.
have enough money to support themselves and any dependents.
Applicants must show that they have a grandparent born in one of the following circumstances:
In the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
before 31 March 1922 in Ireland.
on a ship or aircraft that were either registered in the UK or belonged to the UK government.
Applicants are still eligible even if they or their parents were adopted and their parents and grandparents were not married.
Applicants cannot claim UK ancestry through step-parents.
Conditions of Stay and Settlement.
Successful applicants can work, study and bring dependents to the UK. However, they cannot access public funds (benefits).
After 5 years, holders of UK Ancestry visa will be eligible to apply for settlement, also known as indefinite leave to remain.
UK Ancestry visa application process and fees.
Applications should be made online from outside the UK. The earliest applicants can apply is 3 months before they travel. The decision is usually made within 3 weeks.
A UK Ancestry visa costs £516. The healthcare surcharge is paid separately and costs £624 per year.CONSULTATION
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If you want to come to the UK to join your family, you may be able to apply under one of the following routes:
EU citizens and family members:
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