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What is a UK Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry Visa is for Commonwealth people who wish to come and live and work in the UK. The basis of the Visa are the historical ties between the Commonwealth Country and the UK through family. A key point to note is that not all commonwealth nations can apply.

Cranbrook Legal are highly experienced in assisting Commonwealth Citizens in exploring their options when it comes to UK Immigration. We appreciate that cases such as these can be complex in nature so we take the time to understand you and your case to ensure the perfect result.

Unlike other immigration firms, we do things differently. Cranbrook Legal have over 25 years combined experience in UK Immigration Law and have a proven track record in assisting clients with their UK immigration enquires. 

We consider ourselves masters of Immigration Law and regularly approached by media outlets for comments on current UK immigration issues. No issue is too big or complex for us and are confident in securing a result for you.

Cranbrook Legal has reputation for being understanding, tenacious and flexible in dealing with its clients to ensure the best result possible.

Requirements &Eligibility for UK Ancestry Visa

To be considered under this Visa category, you must:

  • Be over the age of 17
  • A Commonwealth Citizen;
  • Your grandparent was born in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British registered Ship
  • That Grandparent is a blood Grandparent or a Grandparent by way of an Adoption recognised under UK laws relating to adoption.
  • Be able to financially maintain yourself in the UK

What Documents are needed for a UK Ancestry Visa

Below are the type of documents that would be needed for a UK Ancestry Visa. The list is not definitive as you may need more documents depending on your particular circumstances. You should therefore look to provide the following:

  • Your Passport
  • Your Birth Certificate, your Parent’s Birth Certificate and your Grand Parent’s Birth Certificate
  • Personal Bank Statements

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How Cranbrook Can Help You With Your UK Ancestry Visa?

  • We provide you a bespoke documents list relevant to your application
  • We advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of your application
  • We work with you to understand your family history
  • We advise on your UK Ancestry Visa
  • We prepare strong and detailed legal representations for your Visa Application
  • We advise on Settlement Applications
  • We are UK qualified Solicitors regulated by the SRA

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UK Ancestry Visa FAQ’s

1. How long will the Visa be valid for?

You will be granted an initial visa of 5 years after which you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, as long as you meet the requirements.

You are free to work and study in the UK on this Visa.

This varies on a case by case basis. The Home Office however aim to conclude applications within 12 weeks.

Your Partner and Children would be eligible to apply as your dependents.

The fee payable to the Home Office is £516. The Immigration Health Surcharge is also payable.

No, you must apply from outside the UK.

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