The ancestry visa allows people who have at least one British grandparent to move to the UK. Under the ancestry visa the applicant can live and work in the UK. It also entitles the applicant to bring dependants, such as children or a spouse, with them to the UK and allows holders to live, work and study in the UK.
There are a number of requirements to satisfy for an ancestry visa, but perhaps the most important is that the applicant must be able to prove that at least one of their parents or grandparents was born in the UK. Furthermore, the applicant must intend to work in the UK and have enough money - without help from public funds - to support and house themselves and any dependants. Although the applicant does not have to be in full time employment throughout their stay in the UK, when extending their visa or applying for settlement, the Home Office will expect to see evidence of genuine employment or attempts to gain employment throughout the applicant’s time in the UK.
Please note that although the applicant could be eligible for an ancestry visa if they were adopted, having British step-parents does not qualify the applicant for an ancestry visa.
A successful applicant for an ancestry visa will normally be granted Leave to Remain for an initial period of 5 years. An applicant can apply for indefinite leave to remain (“settled status”) if he or she meets the relevant requirements, including the requirement not to have been absent from the UK for more than 180 days per year during the period in which they had leave to remain. After a year with settled status, an applicant may be eligible to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen and a British passport. Please note that the requirements for naturalisation are different from those required to gain settled status.
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