One of the advantages of the UK Ancestry Visa is that there are no work restrictions on the visa holder. You can apply for one for your spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and dependant children under 18 to join you in the UK.
The UK Ancestry Visa — FAQ
Can one apply for more than one UK Ancestry Visa?
The UK Ancestry Visa is granted for a period of five years. At the end of successful completion of a five-year period on an Ancestral visa, the holder can apply for permanent residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain, subject to certain requirements. If the applicant does not meet the criteria required to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain then an application may be submitted for the extension of the Ancestry Visa status. If you left the UK, and your ancestry visa expires, you will be allowed to apply for another Ancestry visa from your home country.
Is there an age limit on who can apply for the UK Ancestry Visa?
An applicant must be 17 years of age or older, to apply. The person will also have to prove an intention and ability to work in the UK under the Ancestry Visa, subject to this, there is no age limit.
Do I have to work whilst on the UK Ancestry Visa?
One of the rules of the Ancestral Visa is that you must be able to work and intend to work whilst in the UK on this status. If it is not your intention to work, and you confirm this in your application, the application will be refused. Furthermore, in order to be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after five years on this visa, the applicant must be able to provide evidence that they have indeed been working during the five years of their visa.
Will my spouse/civil partner/unmarried partner and children be able to join me in the UK on this visa?
Yes, an Ancestry visa holder can apply for their spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and dependant children under 18 to join them in the UK. They will be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant and be able to work without restriction.
Can adopted and step children also claim the UK Ancestry Visa?
A person can apply for the UK Ancestry Visa if they are adopted, or if the parent through whom they are claiming ancestry is an adopted child. There is however, unfortunately no claim to the UK Ancestry Visa through step-parents.
Can I start my own business whilst on the UK Ancestry Visa?
Yes, one of the advantages of the UK Ancestry Visa is that there are no work restrictions on the visa holder. You can take up employment or self-employment or combine the two. As long as you can prove that you have been working during the five years, for purposes of qualifying for ILR.
For more information on the UK Ancestry Visa, please contact our offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us in London on 0845 074 0514.
Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.