How long is the visa valid for?
Your United Kingdom Ancestry Visa will be valid for 5 years, after which you can apply for permanent residency.
You will need to apply for your United Kingdom Visa from within your home country or country of citizenship/official residency.
Can my spouse work in the UK?
Yes. If you are on a UK Ancestry Visa your spouse is also entitled to work in the UK.
Can I apply for a UK Visa for my spouse and children at the same time?
Yes – you do not need to wait until your UK Ancestry Visa
is accepted before applying for the rest of your family. You can all apply together as long as you meet the requirements. Visit Am I Eligible
for more information.
Can my unmarried/same-sex partner join me in the UK?
If you are able to prove that you and your partner have been living together in a relationship like marriage for at least two years your partner will be able to join you in the UK and be entitled to work there.
Do I need an offer of employment before lodging my UK Ancestry Visa application?
All though it is not necessary, it is strongly advisable and advantageous to have a firm offer of employment in the UK when you submit your UK ancestor visa application.
How do I get a National Insurance Number in the UK?
Everyone working in the UK needs to have a UK National Insurance Number (NIN). Applying for an NIN can be a difficult process if you're new to the UK and it can take up to 2 weeks to process. Visa First can start organising your NIN application before you arrive in the UK to help speed up the process. Apply for your UK NIN Number today.
Our fees for UK Ancestry Visa processing are:
Irish Residents: €375
UK Residents: £260
Australian Residents: AU$585
New Zealand Residents: NZ$675
Canadian Residents: CA$550Apply for your UK visa online now.
How do I open a UK bank account?
To make sure you can start working and getting paid in the UK straight away, Visa First is partnered with Traveltowork and can help fast track the process of setting up a UK bank account – which can take up to 6 weeks. Traveltowork is partnered with the UK's leading banks including Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds TSB and can set up a UK bank account for you. This service costs AU$75. Apply to open a UK bank account today.
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Do I need to attend a biometric (fingerprinting) appointment as a part of my visa application?
Yes. The British High Commission introduced digital fingerprinting on December 1st 2007. Once Visa First receives your completed application and payment we will submit it to the UK Immigration Authorities and provide you with full instructions on the further steps of your application, including details of the biometric (fingerprinting) appointment with Consular representatives.
Can I set up a business in UK, while on ancestry visa?
Yes, you can as anyone else with right of abode.
I want to apply for UK Ancestry visa. I have my father's birth certificate which has his British born parents stated on but I don't have my grandparents' birth certificates. Both of them are now deceased so can I obtain a copy of the Births, Marriage and Deaths Register in the UK?
Yes, you can contact the Births, Marriage and Deaths Register to obtain a certified copy of your grandparent's birth certificate.
If you hold an Irish visa, you will be allowed to work only in Ireland. To work in the UK you must obtain the relevant work visa.
For your daughter to be eligible to apply for the UK Ancestry visa she must you have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands or Isle of Man) or a grandparent who was born in what is now the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922. Unfortunately as her grandfather was born in Malta she is not eligible to apply for this type of visa.
However if she's aged between 18-30 and has never been in the UK on a working holiday visa, then she might be eligible to apply for the UK Youth Mobility Scheme which will allow her to stay and work in the country for up to 2 years.
Does having a grandmother who was born in Scotland make me eligible for the UK Ancestry visa?
If your grandmother was born in Scotland you are eligible to ably for UK Ancestry visa as Scotland is a part of the UK. You will simply need to provide with your, your parent's and your grandparent's original birth certificates.
Can I travel freely to Spain if I have an ancestry visa? In other words does it give me right of abode?
The visa itself does not entitle you to travel to Spain. The UK Ancestry visa is valid only for UK.
Will being self employed hurt my chances of getting my Ancestry visa? Should I look for employment instead? What about my spouse?
Being self-employed won't prevent you in any way to apply for the Ancestry visa. You might have some difficulties only with the bank statement as you will have to explain all deposits over $400 and provide supporting documents but still this won't be a problem. With regards to your spouse, s/he will have to submit a separate application as a dependent to you.
I was granted a student visa, however due to some personal reasons I could not joining the course. The University has kept a place for me for the next year. Will I be able to get another visa for the same institution?
There will be no problem to apply for the Student visa once again next year when you need to go. You will simply need to lodge another application and provide all the required documents once again. In addition you will have to write a letter of explanation why you didn't go on the previous visa.
If you want we can help you with the organizing of the visa. If you're interested you can provide me with a contact number and a colleague of mine will call you and guide you through the process.
Do I need a return ticket to New Zealand with and ancestry visa or can I have a one way to get into England?
There is no need to have a return ticket to New Zealand when you have an Ancestry visa for the UK. A one way ticket to England will be just fine.
I hold a South African passport, but can get a UK Ancestry Visa. Does this mean I can travel through Europe under that UK Ancestry Visa (much like a British Passport would)? I am not looking to work while traveling through those European countries.
The UK Ancestry visa covers your stay only in the UK – it has nothing to do with a British passport. If you wish to travel through European countries you will need to obtain a Schengen visa for the relevant county.
What generation of Grandparent can be used for an ancestry Visa? Just grandparents? or Can you go back one or two more generations?
To be eligible for an Ancestry visa your grandparents must have been born in the UK – this means your parents' parents'. Unfortunately there is no way around it.
Can I travel around northern and southern Ireland on my ancestry visa?
Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom so you will have no problems travelling, living or even working there. With regards southern Ireland you need to check if you are required to have a visa in order to enter the country. The UK Ancestry visa covers you only for the UK.
I've got an UK ancesty and just returned to New zealand how long can i leave the uk on the visa if i want to return back to the UK or is it before it the visa exspires 4 years from issue
The UK Ancestry visa is a multiple entry one. You can check on your passport the date when the visa has started and from then on you can enter and leave as many times as you want within the visa validity.
I am Canadian and both sets of my grandparents were born in the [now] province of Newfoundland before 1949 when Newfoundland was still a British Colony. Am I eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa?
Unfortunately you won't be eligible to apply for the UK Ancestry visa because your grandparents have to be born in the UK only. British colonies are not acceptable.
If you're aged between 18-30, have no children and have never been in the UK, then you might be able to apply for the UK Youth Mobility Program which is valid for 2 years.
I have been granted an ancestry visa which I have used to work in the UK. The VISA has now expired. Am I eligible to apply for another ancestry visa?
There is absolutely no problem to get another Ancestry visa for the UK. You will simply need to have all the required documents and submit an application once again.
I am in the process of getting my Ancestry Visa, however what I would like to know is the following. I am married to a lady who has a son from her previous marriage of which she has full custody of her son. Will he also be eligible for my ancestry visa or what do we need to do for him. He is currently 9 years of age.
You won't be able to include your wife's son on your application as he's not considered to be dependant on you. And as you're the main applicant you can only include in your application dependants as wife and your children. The only option in my opinion is to adopt the child and you will provide the adoption certificate
My mother has dual citizenship for the UK and Australia as her father was born in the UK, am I eligible?
For the UK Ancestry visa you need to have grandparent born in the UK which makes you eligible. You will need to provide your birth certificate, your mother's birth certificate and your grandfather's birth certificate – all ORIGINALS.
Is there a set amount of money that you need to bring into the country on arrival?
Basically when applying for the UK Ancestry visa you need to provide a bank statement for 1600 GBP. You need to have this required minimum of funds upon arrival in the UK because otherwise you might not be allowed in. Please be advised that the fact that you have your visa granted doesn't mean that you will be allowed to enter the country if you don't meet the entry requirements.
I'm applying for an ancestry visa. i have the original birth certificates for myself and my father but i only have a copy of a certified copy for my grandfather's birth certificate. Is that going to be ok? and is there any other documents i need to submit? thank you for your time. Regards Danielle
If the Birth Certificate is a certified copy issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages then it will be acceptable. Apart of the birth certificates there are other documents that need to be submitted as a part of the application.
If you want we can help you with the visa processing. Please provide me with a contact number and a colleague of mine will call you and explain you the processing.
Both my Grandparents are English and my mother has had an English passport in the past which I think has expired, I would like to follow on my British blood line which Visa would be best for me, or is there an automatic way to get citizenship?
I'd advise you to get the Ancestry visa first because it's easier and faster to be obtained and once you're already in the UK you can contact the UK Home Office and check how you should apply for citizenship.
My dad has a UK ancestry visa. Will I be able to get a UK visa?
You can apply for UK Dependent Ancestry visa if you're aged under 18. If you are, please get back to me and we'll contact you and explain you the processing!
I have had my ancestry visa application approved, do I have to leave NZ within a certain time frame for the visa to be valid?
The visa will start running from the "Valid From Date" that will be stamped on your passport. You can enter the UK whenever you decide within the visa validity. Please be advised that the time that you spend outside the UK will be deducted from your visa validity.
I want to apply 4 a UK ancestry visa but I want to know how much money I need behind me to get in with my six children.
Please be advised that the required funds for each person applying for the UK Ancestry is AUD 3000 and each one of you must complete an application form and get their biometrics (fingerprints and digital photo) done in the Visa Processing centre.
I am working in the uk on an ancestry visa. Can I apply for a new ancestry visa in the uk?
Yes, it's possible to apply for a new Ancestry visa from inside the UK. Please be advised that you must apply at least 4 weeks before your current visa expires. We can provide you with assistance with your documents check in order to make sure that everything is OK and your visa doesn't get rejected. The fee for the service is £70.
Am I still eligible for a UK ancestry visa if my fiancée is a UK citizen?
There is absolutely no problem to apply for the UK Ancestry visa even though your fiancé is a British citizen.
My father gave up his British passport before I was born. Is there any way I could apply to come and work in the UK? My grandmother was not born in the UK but held a UK passport and lived in the UK 8 years would it be possible to apply for ancestry visa.
Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for the UK Ancestry visa as in order to do so your grandparent must have been born in the UK. Birth certificates showing this are always required as a part of the application. The fact that your grandmother had a British passport does not qualify you for this visa.
I currently have a UK Ancestral Visa but I am thinking of going out of the UK for more than 3 months this year which is the maximum amount of time I am allowed out a year in order to qualify for permanent residence. Could I extend my visa in order to still be illegible of would I have to apply for a new visa once this one has expired?
Once your current Ancestry visa expires, you will simply need to apply for another one. The good thing is that this can be done from inside the UK and you won't have to travel back to your home country. Please be advised that you should apply for this at least 4 weeks before your current visa expires. If you're interested we would be able to provide you with assistance for the visa processing by checking your visa application and documents so that the visa doesn't get rejected. The fee for this service is £70.
I am a Canadian citizen am I eligible to apply for the ancestral visa?
In order to be eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry visa your grandparent must have been born in the UK and you must present the original birth certificates of this grandparent, your parent's and yours. If you hold a Canadian passport and you meet the above requirement there should be no problem to apply for the UK Ancestry visa.
I am currently living and working in the UK on a working visa. Can I apply for the ancestry visa in the UK?
You won't be allowed to apply for the Ancestry visa from inside the UK because of 2 reasons:
1. if you're on a working holiday visa which is a non-switchable category, which means that you can't apply for another type of visa while in the UK on this one and you must leave the country once the visa expires
2. the 1st time that you apply for an Ancestry visa you must be at your home country
If you're at the moment on a work visa (other that the working holiday visa) and you already had an Ancestry visa, you will be allowed to apply from inside the UK.
If a person qualifies for an ancestral visa how does this convert to obtaining a British passport?
To be able to get a British passport you need to have spent a certain period in the UK. First you should get an Ancestry visa if you're eligible for such. If you have lived and worked continuously in the UK for five years in this category and if you still meet the UK ancestry requirements, you can apply to live in the UK permanently and then apply to obtain a British passport.
If I am a dependant on my fathers ancestry visa and it was my great grandfather that was English. Having turned 18 now and been out the country for a year will this affect me reapplying for an extension?
If your Ancestry visa is still valid there should be no problem to return t the UK even if you've been out of the country for a year. However with regards to the visa extension you will have to check with the Home office because now that you are no longer minor you won't be able to apply for an Ancestry visa. This is because an eligible applicant should provide birth certificate of a grandparent of his born in the UK. In your case as your great grandfather was English you won't be able to apply for an Ancestry visa.
Still I'd advise you to check with the UK Home Office if you can obtain another longterm visa.
If I am eligible through my grandparents birth certificates and sufficient funding, to receive a UK Ancestral Visa, do I have to work in the UK, or can I attend university without working, as long as my funds are covered??
Yes, if you have an Ancestry visa you will have to work as well. Otherwise if you intend only to study you will have to apply for a Student visa.
If I have a UK Ancestry Visa, I believe that makes my husband and 17 year old son eligible for UK Ancestry Dependency Visas. Does that mean they can both work in the UK?
Yes, your husband and son will be able to work in the UK if they have UK Ancestry Dependent visa. Please be advised that they should apply together with you as it will be much easier and the application will be straight forward and you will need to do this while your son is still 17.
If you're interested we can help you with the visa organizing for the 3 of you.
I have a grandfather from england, have his marriage certificate and death certificate, fathers birth and marriage certificates linking me to him but I can't find my grandfathers birth certificate as it doesnt appear to be on BMD records in england. I have census records proving his existence in england and his whole familys birth certificates proving their birth in england but not his.... do i still have a case to get in?
In order to be able to apply for an Ancestry visa for the UK you need to provide the Immigration authorities with 3 original birth certificates – yours, your parent's and your grandparent's. If you fail to do this they will simply refuse your application. There is absolutely no way that the Births, Marriages and Deaths Registry not to be able to issue a birth certificate for your grandfather if he was born in the UK. I'd advise you to contact them again because without the birth certificate of your grandfather you won't be able to apply for the Ancestry visa.
Are there age restrictions in applying for an Ancestry visa?
There is not upper age limit and the lower age limit is 17 at the time of planned arrival in the UK.
However, there is common sense upper age limitation. Since you need to live at least 5 years in the UK before you can apply for a citizenship, you will need to be able to work or have an income. If you cannot demonstrate the ability to find work trough combination of age, experience and qualifications or you have no income to support yourself, the British High Commission may not approve your application.
We generally recommend to applicants over 55 to have reliable income independent of country of residence or the ability to find a job.
Do I need to show proof of employment in the UK in order to be granted an ancestry Visa or am I allowed to locate employment once I am over there and settled?
No, you are not required to a job in advance of arrival in the UK. Most people actually arrange their work after arrival.
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