The UK Ancestry Visa route is available to Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent born in the UK. This is a popular route that can be taken if the applicant intends to work in the UK.
Length of stay with the UK Ancestry Visa is up to five years after which you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and finally British Citizenship.
You can apply for this if:
What you can do:
What you cannot do:
Application must be made online before traveling to the UK. You cannot apply until 3 months before you travel to the UK. You will need to book an appointment at a visa application centre where you will have your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) taken at your appointment.
A decision will be made on your visa within 4-8 weeks of submission of application.
As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you may extend your visa as many times as you wish.
No, application must be made from outside the UK.
Application can be made for the UK Ancestry Visa if the applicant or their parent are adopted. Step parents however, will have no claim to the UK Ancestry Visa.
There is no age limit on this visa but you must prove your intention and ability to work in the UK.
One of the requirements of this visa is that you must work.
You may start your own Business and show proof of working if you ever intend to extend your visa or apply for ILR.