Zimbabweans can apply for the

Zimbabweans can apply for the UK Ancestry Visa

BIC is glad to inform Zimbabwean clients that they are able to apply for the UK ancestry visa, should they qualify.

Zimbabweans can apply for the

Following queries from BIC, the UK Home Office has confirmed that although Zimbabwe is no longer part of the Commonwealth, they are treated as such for the purposes of UK Ancestry applications. Zimbabwe nationals can thus apply for the UK Ancestry, should they fulfil the requirements of the UK Ancestry Visa. (South Africans do also of course fulfil the requirement of the Commonwealth citizen).

What are the advantages of the Ancestry Visa?

The main advantage of this type of visa is that one can work without restrictions in the UK. Not only will you be able to work for an employer, but the visa will also allow you to be self-employed. The only thing that clients have to keep in mind in this regard, is that in order to be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain at the end of the five year Ancestral visa, is that you will have to provide evidence that you have been working during the five years of the Ancestral visa.

The other main advantage is of course that the visa leads to permanent residence in the UK. At the end of successful completion of a five-year period on an Ancestral visa, the holder can apply for 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.

Spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent children can join the Ancestry holder in the UK and they will be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant and be able to work without restriction.

If you are interested in applying for this very advantageous visa, or would like to obtain more information, please contact our offices at info@bic-immigration.com or visit our website www.bic-immigration.com for more information.

JP Breytenbach

Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.

www.bic-immigration.com or info@bic-immigration.com