UK - Ancestry Visa
Like many Commonwealth citizens, you may have some UK heritage. If you do, great news; you may be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa! This visa allows you to live and work unrestricted in the UK for up to 5 years, and is one of the most popular visas available.
The ability to explore all that the UK – as well as nearby Europe – has to offer may be just a quick application away. But first we need to check…
Unfortunately, having a great-great-great-grandfather or a third cousin from the UK won’t be enough to obtain an Ancestry Visa. In order to qualify for it, you must:
- Be a citizen of the Commonwealth;
- Be aged 17 or over at the time of the application;
- Have a grandparent born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man; OR - Have a grandparent born in the Republic of Ireland prior to 31/03/1922;
- Be able to work in the UK;
- Be able to support yourself (and any dependants) without the need to access public funds.
Please note: If you have a recent criminal conviction, you may or may not be eligible depending on the circumstances. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
So, are you made of the right stuff? Do you tick the appropriate boxes? If so, your dream of living in the British Isles could be close enough to touch! It’s just a matter of applying for the UK Ancestry Visa, and that’s where we at Restless World come in.
The answer to this question is a simple one. With Restless World, NO VISA = NO FEE*.
You read correctly. We’re so confident that we’ll successfully lodge your Ancestry Visa application that we guarantee it. And if we’re not true to our word, we’ll give you your money back. Using Restless World for your visa application is completely risk free**.
On top of this, Restless World will also:
- Provide you with all of the required documentation and application forms
- Offer you step-by-step assistance in completing the forms
- Review your completed application, ensuring everything is in order and free of potential complications
- Lodge your visa application with the British High Commission
- Book your biometric scanning appointment for you, at a time that is convenient
- Ensure that your visa application is processed as quickly as possible
The current cost for the UK Ancestry Visa is £496GBP.
*Fees correct as of 1st September 2017 & subject to change without notice. The visa price above is independent of our Restless World Visa Service fee, and does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge, applicable fees, or Biometric Appointment fees payable at a processing centre in Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. These are all British High Commission fees that you pay to obtain your UK visa.
As part of the application process, Ancestry Visa candidates are required to participate in a mandatory biometric appointment with British authorities, or their appointed representatives. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit!
The available locations for these appointments are listed above. You’ll notice that at some locations you’ll be required to pay an additional surcharge for your biometric appointment. For Canadian applicants, an additional surcharge of US$100 is applicable to any biometric appointment.
Effective 6th April 2016
All Australian, New Zealand and Canadian citizens will be provided with full access to the British National Health Service (NHS) for the entire term of their visa. This will grant you full rights to the health services that everyday UK citizens get, including visits to the doctor and the hospital, and access to prescription medications at the same prices.
A health service surcharge of £1000 is payable at the time of purchasing the Ancestry visa. This fee will cover you for the entirety of your visa, whenever you may choose to use it (5 years from the activation date). If you’re under the age of 18 when you lodge your application, the IHS fee is waived!
When you arrive in the UK and receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, just flash the card at appropriate NHS locations to gain access to one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
Once your five year Ancestry Visa has expired, if you’ve not spent more than 90 consecutive days outside of the UK during your tenure you may apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), which could eventually lead to UK citizenship!
When you receive your application forms they may look extremely simple, but be warned, one slip-up on the UK Ancestry Visa application can result in a swiftly rejected bid. True to the English spirit, the British High Commission are a particularly cautious bunch, and are remarkably unforgiving of any errors that may have been made on your application. If they sense that something is amiss, they may well turn you down with neither a second thought nor a refund. That’d be one costly typo!
The harsh nature of the visa application process is exactly why Restless World’s resident boffins spend their time investigating all of the ins and outs of the application procedure. With Restless World, you’ll gain access to this brains trust, giving yourself the very best chance of realising your UK dream!
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*All refunds offered are based on any errors made by the Restless World staff. All visas rejected based on past criminal records are not eligible for a refund from Restless World.
**All applicants are required to disclose any/all past criminal and/or serious traffic related offences. Failure to disclose this information could lead to your application being rejected by the UK Home Office, and could amount to a subsequent ban from the UK. Restless World cannot be held responsible for rejections or bans imposed by the UK Home Office on account of past criminal records or infractions.