4 avoidable reasons why people miss out on UK Ancestry visas

In this article, we look at the four most common reasons why people don’t apply for their UK Ancestry visas – and how to get around them.

4 avoidable reasons why people miss out on UK Ancestry visas

To find out if you qualify for an Ancestry visa, take our free visa assessment.

An Ancestry visa: What it is and who can get it?

Many South Africans, Aussies, Kiwis, Indians and Canadians have close ancestral ties to the United Kingdom. Yet many never take advantage of their ancestral rights, even though they’re sitting on the proverbial jackpot that is British citizenship.

Simply put, UK Ancestry visas allow Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man to live and work in the UK for an initial five-year period.

Whether you use the visa for a short-term working stint or a long-term project to gain indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and eventually UK citizenship, is your choice. Despite this, every year, thousands of eligible applicants stumble on unnecessary hiccups, most of which can be easily overcome.

1. “I don’t have my grandparent’s original birth certificate.”

This is the most common difficulty we come across, and the one with the simplest solution. If you don’t have your grandparent’s birth certificate or your parents’ marriage certificate, just give us a shout and we’ll source it for you. We’ll get hold of the original, unabridged document and make sure it gets posted directly to us, safely and securely.

2. “I can’t raise the funds to sustain myself in the UK.”

When applying for an Ancestry visa you must have around £1200 – £1600 in your account 90 days prior to your date of application.

Now let’s be clear: You don’t have to raise these funds yourself.

A lot of applicants secure these funds through a sponsor (something the UK government fully supports). You can always use a close confidant as your sponsor – a parent, colleague or friend will do. They will need to send the UK government a formal letter of sponsorship stating that you possess the requisite funds to sustain yourself during your first few months of living in the UK.

It may sound easier said than done, but remember that these funds are needed for application purposes only; it’s not uncommon for successful applicants to deposit the money back into their sponsor’s account as soon as they arrive.

If you want to apply for an Ancestry visa, email us to check how much you need to have in your bank account.

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3. “I don’t have a job offer in the UK”

To apply for an Ancestry visa, you don’t need to show that you have a job in the UK – only that you’re in the process of looking for a job.

We’ll provide you with a list of approved recruitment agencies if you decide to pursue your application through us. We’ll also handle any necessary communication with the British government.

When you get to the UK, make sure that you are active on recruitment portals as soon as possible. The UK is primarily an agency-based job market and most job applicants submit their CVs through specialist recruitment agencies and not traditional HR departments. Make sure your CV is sent to the right recruitment agencies, if you’d like some help visit 1st Contact Job Assistance and we’ll get your UK CV sorted.

4. “I can’t apply for an Ancestry visa because I want to study and not work in the UK.”

You are able to apply for an Ancestry visa if you’re studying full-time as long as you are also working part-time (as many students do under ordinary circumstances).

If you reach the stage where you can apply for ILR, all you need to do is prove that you have been employed during the qualifying five-year period. It’s not necessary to work full-time. Whether you’ve held a teaching or research assistant position at your place of study or worked behind a bar, all forms of part-time jobs are acceptable when applying for an Ancestry visa.

You could qualify for an Ancestry visa, take our free visa assessment and find outIf you think you’re eligible for an Ancestry visa, visit 1st Contact Visas to start the process. 

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  • BrS

    How would you find a birth certificate that someone couldn’t get for themselves. A prime reason people typically cannot locate the birth certificate is because they have inadequate details of their grandparent’s birth, and in many cases the records themselves don’t even exist anymore.

    The UK job market works just like other places. In other words only a minority percentage of jobs go through agencies.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      Without the correct information, it is very difficult to get birth certificates. We have ways of obtaining birth certificates that the general public might not have access to which is why we offer this as a service. If basic information is missing though the best bet would be to enlist the services of a genealogist.

      Hope this answers your question.

  • Ivor Putnam

    A number of years ago I was trying to locate my grandfathers birth certificate and I had very little info. I went from person to person to expert and they managed to locate it for me. Took some time but did find it in the end.

  • Amelia Barnard

    I just want to ask a question. My grandmother was born 21 November 1912 and my mother was born 29 June 1942. My great-grandfather came to SA from Scotland before the birth of my grandmother. Now, can my mother apply for Scottish citizenship on the 3rd generation of Ancestry? If so, can her children apply then also? My mother is the last link with Scotland and I so wish to go and explore, work and do research about my long lost ancestors, visit graves and archives. My daughter already have indefinite leave to stay in the UK and living there for the past 12 years. This is a long struggle and only recently I discovered the Scottish part of my family. Any advice and information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Amelia,

      Please tell me where your mother and grandmother were born, so I can answer your question as accurately as possible.

      Regards,
      John.

      • Amelia Barnard

        Hi John

        My grandmother and mother were born in South Africa. But if I have it correctly and how friends applied for citizenship, they were the 3rd generation and now their children also qualify now, although born in South Africa, before they applied for passports and stuff. That is why my mother is going to try and see what she can do. South Africa is fast going down the drain and I have a job offer in UK with a sponsor. A working permit cost round about R80 000.00 for 5 years. But it would be interesting to ask an expert, as I would like to work and explore my ancestry, as well as do caring courses in that time. If it would be easier for you, my E-Mail Address is ameliabarnard777@yahoo.com Thank you for your time to answer my questions.

        Regards
        Amelia

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Amelia,

          Unfortunately if neither of your parents or grandparents were born in the UK, then you do not qualify for Ancestry. We will send you an email with details of one of our partners who can help you investigate your ancestry further.

  • Karyn Stewart Sokol

    Hi – I have questions regarding the Ancestry Visa. My maternal Grandfather was born in Glasgow. The family eventually immigrated to Canada. My grandfather came over to the US as an adult at some point – naturalization I believe was in the 1940’s. His daughter, my mother was born in the US in 1941. There is also a possibility that my paternal Grandfather, born in Poland, may have lived in the UK and had citizenship (according to one document) before immigrating to the US and naturalizing in April 1937. His son, my father was born in 1937.

    Is there any possibility of claiming British Citizenship by double descent??

    Thank you in advance!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Karyn,

      The difficulty with this work is that very often it is not possible to give a definitive answer as to whether a claim to British Nationality exists without making a detailed examination of your family history and the law in force in various countries at various times. The examination is called a status trace and usually takes 3- 4 hours. At the end of the examination we will be in a position where we can say yes or no. The first step to determining your position with British nationality is to complete our FREE online assessment, this can be found at https://philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      When complete, please order our FREE British Passport Review service.

      • Sally

        The website link for the assessment isn’t working.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Sally,

          It’s working fine our side. Please can you tell me what error message you’re getting?

          Thanks.

  • Leigh Watson

    Hi. My husbands grandmother was born in Scotland – we have her certified copy both certificate from Scotland and are now in the process of ordering the rest of the South African certificates. We hope to be able to head to the UK by June next year. Re our finances, I am employed by an overseas company full time and will continue to be (I work remotely from SA and travel to Bermuda when necessary) – will that employment contract be sufficient proof of being able to support ourselves while my husband finds a job (Project Manager, construction). If not we would definitely have to sell our house to show that we have sufficient funds without my job, but I am nervous to sell the house in case we get refused for some reason – is it likely to be refused or are they almost certain to issue the visa if you have the proof of lineage and financial support?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Leigh,

      When filing the Ancestry Visa they need to see an intention to work in the UK and you will not require a confirmed job offer. If you can show available funds available to the amount of around R20 000 – R30 000 per applicant then this would suffice.

      If your application is compiled correctly and all necessary information is provided there is no reason it would be refused.

  • Robert

    My Great Grandfather was born in Newfoundland land when it was still a English colony around 1910ish, am I eligible?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately it’s not possible to claim an Ancestry visa through having a grandparent born in a former British territory. The relevant grandparent’s birth to have an effect, the following circumstances will apply;

      They must have been born;

      – in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

      – before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland

      – on a British-registered ship or aircraft

  • Sally

    Hi

    My father and grandparents were born in British India before independence of 1947. Could this mean I could apply for the UK ancestry visa? I’m an Indian citizen and I’m living in the uk at the moment after my MSc.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sally,

      Unfortunately, having a grandparent with a British passport or having a grandparent born in a former British Colony does not allow the same rights to the Ancestry Visa as with Commonwealth Citizens . You would therefore have to rely on the usual immigration options to live and work in the UK.

      • Sally

        Hi thank you for your quick reply. However I thought that being a citizen of India is being a commonwealth citizen right? Little unclear about the point you mentioned. Can former British subjects apply for citizenship now?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Yes, this is indeed the case, however in addition to being a commonwealth citizen, you must show that your grandparent was born in the UK.

          To assess whether a former British Subject would qualify for full British citizenship in the modern day, one would need to conduct a full assessment of their circumstances, also known as a Status Trace. This involves looking at the older legislation in force at the time of key dates in your family tree to establish which type of British nationality would have been conferred to your ancestors. For further information, please contact our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners atinfo@philipgamble.co.uk

  • OverCasanova

    Hi there,

    I meet all the requirements for this visa and I have the paperwork (eg Dads birth certificate, and grandparent birth certificate etc)

    The only thing is, is that my dads name is not listed on my birth certificate, but I’ve got DNA test papers that state he is my biological father. Can I include that as proof? Or do I need to go through the trouble of adding him as my father to the birth certificate?

    I haven’t found anyone I can ask at all! There are no hotlines to call for help with the visa documents so I’m not sure what to do, please help.

    Thank you :)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      DNA evidence is sufficient, however only CellMark are accepted as the testing centre.

  • disqus_es28Yg7x1J

    Hi,
    I have my birth certificate, my parents marriage certificate, my mothers birth certificate which includes both my grandparents names and my grandmothers birth certificate (UK). I am unable to locate the marriage certificate of my grandparents. Is this required even though both of their names are on my mothers birth certificate?

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You can now receive an Ancestry visa through either grandparent, so the certificates you’ve mentioned should suffice.

  • Laura Attwood

    I am able to get an Ancestry visa but was wondering if i am working in london and studying via correspondence with a uni back in Australia and i go home for 3 months to do unpaid teaching placement as part of my study would that make me lose my visa? also how long is the Ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Laura,

      This time outside of the UK would not effect the Ancestry Visa negatively.

      You will be allowed to spend up to 180 days outside of the UK in each individual year.

  • Paul

    Hello, I am currently a full time PhD student, working part time at my university on a Tier 4 visa. I need to go back to Canada for my research fieldwork. Can I change to an ancestry visa while in Canada? If so, do I need to cancel my tier 4 visa before applying or is it better to get my ancestry visa approved first? Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You will need to file your Ancestry Visa application from Canada if this is your Country of Citizenship, You will not be required to cancel your Tier 4 Visa as once the Ancestry application is filed this would then automatically supersede your Tier 4 Visa.

  • Heather McLean

    Thanks for this article, I am going to look into your services with my wife, we both want to move to the UK and I am eligible for my Ancestry Visa. One question we have is we don’t have any of our old passports, which are retained by our issuer…and when I was a child I have one passport lost. So would this impact my application?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Heather,

      You will not require your old passports for this application. If you would like, you can provide your email address and we’d be happy to send you further information about the Ancestry Visa.

  • kate morrison

    Hi there I have my UK ancestry and it is expiring next year, I have not lived in the UK for 4 years of that but am intending to move back next year, I know you can renew but does my not living in the UK affect that?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kate,

      You may apply for a visa extension at any stage, and the fact that you have not been living in the UK will not have an effect on your new application.

  • Kait Lin

    Hi there,

    Can you please tell me how much money (in pounds) I will need for successful ancestry visa approval? I know you say I can get sponsored but I’d rather gather my own money. I am hoping to gain employment somewhere in the UK (not sure where though) as an Occupational Therapist. Thank you for your assistance.

    Kaitlin

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kait Lin,

      You will need to have sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK for the first two months of £650/month. Your bank balance should be your own money and large sum deposits within the last 3 months are questioned by the British High Commission. If the money in your account is the result of the sale of an investment then proof of this sale should be supplied. If you are using a sponsor to support your application then further evidence will be required by your sponsor.

      Please note: any applicant applying for a UK visa on (or after) 6 April 2015 will need to pay a £200 NHS surcharge per year for each year their visa is valid for.

      The total surcharge amount for the whole period of leave granted will be payable upfront, and for for an Ancestry visa this will be a £1000.

  • jeff

    Hello, I will be moving to London for an unpaid research internship for at least 7 months after which I will be applying for Phd positions in the UK (which will likely include paid research/teaching/assistant positions). Do I need to find additional paid work to qualify for the ancestry visa or is the unpaid internship sufficient for the 7 months ? – thanks, Jeff

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jeff,

      The unpaid research position would suffice for the Ancestry Visa as long as you can show an intention to work in the UK.

  • Dylan

    Hi, I will be applying for an ancestral visa in the near future and also applying for an unmarried partner visa for my girlfriend (living together for over 2 years). My question is related to the funds. As she falls under a dependent would we have to have double the funds. i.e. +- 2000 pounds each? And would it be all in my bank account or half in mine and half in hers for the applications. I take it we both pay NHS of 1000 pounds each? And Do we apply at the same time. Does she need to be looking for jobs etc?

    Thank you. Hope we can use you to help us with the visa’s application.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Dylan,

      The funds would would need to cover both the main applicant, and the dependent but each applicant’s funds can be held in their own accounts and yes the NHS surcharge is payable per applicant.

      The applications are submitted simultaneously. Confirmed job offers are not required but one needs to show their intention to live, work and settle in the UK.

  • nashcowboy

    Hello,
    My grandmother was born in England around the 1920’s but moved to the US during war times. Am I able to qualify for an Ancestry Visa? I am looking at moving to the UK and working for a few years, if not longer.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      Unfortunately the Ancestry Visa is only available to Commonwealth citizens, so you would need to have been born in one of the Commonwealth countries.

  • Imogen

    Hello,
    I am currently applying to extend my Ancestry Visa as am still working/living in the UK. I am unable to locate my biometric information however, and the application asks for details such as where and when these were taken. Will it suffice to provide the city and month they were taken in? It was over 5 years ago. Many thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The city and month that you submitted your Biometrics should suffice.

      • Ashley

        Hi, my ancestry visa extension is currently processing, it was received by the Home Office 1st September. Do you know what average timeframe for a decision is at the moment? Many thanks, Ashley

        • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

          Hi,

          If you submitted a standard application, it will take 4 – 6 months.

          So your application will be processed between December 2015 and February 2016

  • Justin

    Hi,

    I successfully applied for my ancestral visa in 2012 before relocating to the UK. I left the UK in 2014 and currently reside in SA. My understanding is that once you out of the UK for more than 3 months the visa expires? If I decide to relocate back to the UK in a few years time will I be able to reapply for my ancestral visa with no problems?

    Thanks in advance

  • Bradley

    Hi, my grandmother was born in the Uk and i have all her particulars. Almost my entire family lives in the Uk. I can have roughly R100k in the bank by the time I apply. is that enough, Im married with no children, what documents would i need for my wife? Is there anything else i need to take into account? Thanks

  • Carol

    A colleague wishes to apply for a UK Ancestry visa. Her mother was adopted – her natural mother being a New Zealand citizen (named on the pre-adoptive birth certificate) and her father was British (not named not the birth certificate). The natural grandmother of my colleague has been found and we have since located her grandfather from information given on the adoption forms and we know he is now living in Australia.

    Does the fact that her grandfather is now in Australia make any difference – he emigrated to New Zealand at age 19 and from there went to Australia.

    How do we go about proving he is her grandfather? Is there a way we can get his name added to the birth certificate or do we have to go down the DNA testing route?

    I hope you can help.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      The fact that the grandfather resides in Australia makes no difference, it is based on his birth in the UK. Adoption papers should show the link between your colleague and their grandparent.

      Ancestry can be claimed through adoption when you, your parent or grandparents are adopted. Unfortunately this does not include step-parents.

  • angelique

    just so i am clear you CANNOT apply for the ancestry visa whilst in the uk?

  • Carissa

    I’m (an Australian) currently in the UK on a Youth Mobility visa (thanks for the help with that!). I’d like to continue living in the UK after it expires, and am eligible for an Ancestry visa.

    I’d like to know if I can apply for the ancestry visa from within the UK (living here legally), or if I’d have to leave the UK (if so, could I go to France, or do I have to return to Australia)?
    I need to know if I can apply before my Youth Mobility visa expires, and how long I’d need to be out of the UK for.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi Carissa,

      Unfortunately you can not apply from within the UK. Unless you hold residence in France, you will need to return to Australia to apply.

      You can apply before the expiry of the Youth Mobility Visa and there is no set time limit that needs to be spent out of the UK.

  • Robin Shinn

    hi im robin im a South African citizen but studying in New Zealand, my birth mother was born in roadisea and my grandmother was born in the UK im not to sure how long my grandmother lived their for! can i apply for my Ancestry visa? do i have to go back to South Africa to apply? and i was born in 1982 thanks i hope you can assist!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi Robin,

      You will be eligible for an ancestry visa based on the fact that your grandmother was born in the UK. You can only apply from a country where you hold residence, so if you hold residence in NZ you can apply from there.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Robin,

      You will be eligible for an Ancestry visa based on the fact that your grandmother was born in the UK. You can only apply from a country where you hold residence, so if you hold residence in NZ you can apply from there.

  • hazel schreiber

    can one apply for the ancestry visa whilst in the UK on holiday, or visiting family for 6 months

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Hazel,

      You need to apply for the Ancestry visa from your home country
      of residence

  • holly

    I was denied Ancestry because I cannot produce my Grandparents birth certificate due to my mothers closed adoption in QLD.

    The adoption order blocks out all identifying information, and only states his age, physical description and that he was “English”. I was denied Ancestry because my application did not hold “the balance of probability”.

    This frustrated me because if, from the documentation, it can be concluded that he wasn’t born in England, then were?

    What made this especially frustrating is that the Home Offices own policy states adoption orders are considered a “supporting document”. Do you have any advice?

  • Matt

    Hi there, my girlfriend and I are from NZ and currently in the process of applying for our visas to live and work in the UK. My girlfriend is eligible for the Ancestry Visa, we have been together for over 6 years and living together for at least 4 so I am applying for the non points based dependence visa. Does she need to have her visa approved before I apply and also does she need to be working (or at least have a job offer) in the UK for me to be accepted? I have read this in a few places.

    Also are there any documents you would recommend including in our application as proof of relationship or intention to live/work in the UK?

    Any advise would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Matt

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      You would not need to apply together, she may apply first and then you may apply at a later stage. Should you wish to complete the visa application through 1st Contact, you will be in receipt of the full document checklist from our casework team at this stage you will be aware of what is needed to ensure a successful application.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You would not need to apply together, she may apply first and then you may apply at a later stage. Should you wish to complete the visa application through 1st Contact, you will be in receipt of the full document checklist from our casework team at this stage you will be aware of what is needed to ensure a successful application.

  • jennap

    Hi there,

    I am currently in the UK on a tier 5 youth mobility visa. I intend to go home and apply for an Ancestry Visa as my grandfather was born in Britain. Do I need to wait until my youth mobility visa is expired before I can apply for the ancestry one? And if so is there any length of time I need to apply or can i do it the next day?

    In addition – I have been living and working in the UK as an Au Pair during my last two years here. I have secured a job as a nanny for when I return. When I am home waiting for my application to be approved, I will technically be unemployed as my au pair employment will be finished. Will this affect my application? Also, how much money do I need to have in my account to prove I can support myself? I am unable to find an exact figure online.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You can apply for your Ancestry visa at any stage, you will not need to be employed but you will need to show your intention to work in the UK. You will need to show that you have AUD equivalent of £1600 in your account.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You can apply for your Ancestry visa at any stage, you will not need to be employed but you will need to show your intention to work in the UK. You will need to show that you have AUD equivalent of £1600 in your account.

  • ahmed

    hello
    I have a question I will be very thankful if you reply me my grandfather had British citizenship he did not born in uk he born in 1925 in Pakistan when Pakistan and India were under British protection my father born in 1952 in Pakistan my grandfather came in uk in 1958 he obtained citizenship in1974 through registration as citizen of uk and colonies he registered my father as his son and he used to get child allowance he worked here for long time than he got pension than he died here my father is in Pakistan he comes here on visit visa my question is that is my father eligible for permanent stay.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi ahmed,

      For this kind of case we usually recommend you speak to our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners, as they specialise in the more complex aspects of nationality.

      They have a free online assessment form that you can fill in here: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      After completing the form, you can order a free passport review where one of their caseworkers will look over your situation personally and get back to you within a few days with recommendations.

  • Ineedhelp123

    Hi
    I have a question re. the supporting documents for the ancestral UK VISA. I have the below and wondering if this is sufficient for the application:
    Vault certified copy of my original birth certificate (in process)
    Vault certified copy of my father’s birth certificate
    Original marriage certificate of my parents
    Certified copy of my grandparents’ marriage certificate (Not sure where the original is)
    Certified copy of my grandmother’s birth certificate obtained from the General Register Office (GRO)

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will be required to show the original unabridged birth certificates for the main applicant, the parent and the grandparent

  • Candy

    My husband and I are applying for UK Ancestry visas through my ancestry- he will apply as a dependent on my Ancestry visa. My maternal grandparents were born in England. My mother and I were both born and married in South Africa. I have vault copies of the relevant birth certificates. I have MY UNABRIDGED MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE and MY ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, and my parents’ ORIGINAL HAND WRITTEN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. Will these marriage certificates be accepted or do I also need vault copies of them? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Candy, you will not require vault copies of any of the documents for the Ancestry visa application. Let us know if we can assist you with your application. You can find out more about the process here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom/ancestral-visa.aspx

      • Candy

        Thank you.

  • Secondhomeless

    Hi

    I hope you can help? I am a British born British Citizen with joint NZ nationality. My partner of 21 years is a NZ citizen who had previous residence in the UK under an Ancestral Visa between 99 and early 2002.

    Last year I moved back to the UK(to prepare accomodation, see family and job search) and duly applied for a Spousal Visa with me as the sponsor in NZ via Manila. This was turned flat as at the time I was not working to meet the £18600 threshold despite having savings to the value of 3 x that amount. I gave them all upporting documents including the fact that she previously had an Ancestral visa AND prior UK residence. We went the Spousal Visa route as we thought this would be straightforward as she had not worked in her field for 4 years as she had been raising our children. Obviously a mistake? She now has a stamp in her passport that disbars her from the UK even as a vistor as I understand it? I can get no sense out of UKVI, VFS Global OR the Home OFFICE?

    Questions.

    Can she re-excercise her right to an Ancestral visa (AND is it a right or a discretionary grant by the Border Agency?)

    Will her previous Spousal Visa decline have any bearing on this?

    We also have two kids that are British by Descent through me under Section 65 of the UK Immigration Act. A point made clear in supporting documents in the original application to Manila?

    https://www.gov.uk/register-british-citizen/born-before-2006-british-father

    Question

    If my Partner is succesfull in reasserting her right to a UK Ancestry Visa can the children travel as visitors and then apply in the UK for their British Passports ?

    The reason this was not done is that they claim it can take up to 6 months and they would have to surrender their NZ documents as part of the application process!

    The urgency for me is both familial(I have seen the kids and Partner twice only in 12 months which is apalling due to bureucracy. And secondly I am having to fund TWO homes. Finally thirdly the kids have aunties uncles, cousins and grandparents here who are yet to meet them because their Mother has been turned down for a Visa.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks

    Garry

    PS I am working with income pro rata well in excess of the required £18600 but I am reluctant to go down that route now after the turn down plus our core savings have been seriously depleted as a result of this.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      As your partner has UK-born grandparents, we would advise that she applies for a UK Ancestry visa. Our offices in Melbourne would be able to assist with this application and you can contact them at visasuk@1stcontact.com or 1800 039 300.

      The fact that she has had a previous refusal should not negatively impact her application.

      With regards to your children, as you were born in the UK, your wife can apply to retain their New Zealand citizenship, and apply for their British passports.

      As first time applicants this may take roughly 4-6 weeks to finalise.

      • Secondhomeless

        Hi. Many thanks and that is a great help.

        Cheers

        Garry

  • Harriet Sims

    Hi – I am planning to apply for an Ancestry Visa next year, with a plan of arriving in the UK in September. I would like to go backpacking for about 4-5months before this. I understand I need to apply for the Ancestry Visa in NZ (my home country). So how far in advance of arriving in the UK can you apply for the visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Harriet,

      This is how the process works as of 31 July:

      • Visa printed in your passport, valid for 30 days – letter issued with this stating a UK post office address for collection of BRP
      • Enter UK within 30 days
      • Collect BRP within first 10 days of arriving in the UK. This takes the place of a visa and is valid for the full term ie. 5 years if Ancestry, 2.5 if Spousal visa etc.

      Important Information:

      • If you do not enter the UK within 30 days, you will need to re-apply and pay your UK visa fee again.
      • We can request to post-date your UK visa (or valid from date) by up to 90 days from the point of submission (and from that visa start date you have the 30 days to enter the UK).
      • You should be looking to apply for your UK visa within 3 to 4 months of your intended date of travel to the UK, and not sooner.

      • Calvin Soong

        So if I’m looking to get to the UK in December this year but am travelling through Africa for about 6 weeks prior to entering the UK, I should apply for my UK ancestry visa around July?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Should you only be entering the UK in December, you will need to Apply in August and request that the start of your visa be post dated to start in December.

  • https://www.littlelondondiary.wordpress.com Christine

    odd question. I am nearing the end of my ancestry visa in the uk and want to stay. I arrived in 2011, worked full time up to mid last year when I went backpacking with my British boyfriend. I remained domiciled in the UK while we traveled for 10 months (Asia) bs used my UK address for work invoicing. Am I able to apply for residency as I was domiciled in the UK while overseas or do I need to renew my ancestry visa as I was physically out of the country for more than the allowed time? Do I need to resubmit my grandparents’ papers to renew my visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Christine,

      As you have been outside of he UK for longer than 180 days, you will be required to submit an application to extend your visa. You will be required to submit your grandparents’ documents.

  • Cameron

    Hi I’m eligible to get an ancestry visa. I want to study in the UK and want to know if, with an ancestry visa, I qualify to pay the home student fees instead of the international fees?

    • Emma Jay

      I also really want to know the answer to this!

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi Emma,

        The Ancestry Visa would allow you to study in the UK but because you will not be viewed as a Permanent Resident or British Citizen, the International fees wold still be applicable

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Cameron,

      The Ancestry Visa would allow you to study in the UK but because you will not be viewed as a Permanent Resident or British Citizen, the International fees wold still be applicable

  • maureen

    I am Canadian and applying for an ancestry visa as my grandparents were born in the UK. I have their original birth certificates as well as my fathers and mine. Do I need my parents marriage license IF my dads name is listed on my birth cert? Also, I am selling my house so I will have ample funds in my account however, they will not have been in there for 3 months plus. Do I need to show proof of my house sale?

  • maureen

    also must I fly into Belfast from Canada to activate visas? Can I fly into heathrow and take a connecting flight to Belfast?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Maureen,

      You will not require a marriage Certificate if both parents are listed on the unabridged birth certificates. The funds will not have to be in your account for 3 months as long as you can show where these funds were issued from. You will need to enter the UK within 30 days of your Visa being issued and this will not have to be done in Belfast.

  • Mark Cocks

    Hi, how many times can you get the ancestry visa? Just once?

  • Steven Rappolee

    I have a $5,000 savings account that backs up a credit card, may I use this to satisfy the savings requirement?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will need to show that you have cash savings to the value of £1300 which will need to be held in a cash savings account.

      • David Fletcher

        Does the savings account need to be in pounds or can it be in CAD? Also, what sort of documents do you need to support where you’ll be living. I don’t want to rent a a place then be denied the visa.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          The savings can be held in either Pounds or CAD, as long as it meets the Pound equivalent.

          On initial relocation a letter of accommodation from a friend or family member would suffice, or notification of temporary residence.

  • alysha

    Is there anyway an American can apply for a Ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately not, one would have to have been born in a Commonwealth country to qualify for the Ancestry Visa.

      • alysha

        shoot, thank you. Do first relatives that are half apply as family?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Depends for what purpose. As a general rule you can not apply for a visa through family unless you’re a dependent or spouse.

  • ayeha adeel

    hi my mother is British passport holder she is not born national she is in uk and i want to apply ancestry via on her behalf can i.

  • Caitlin

    Hi there, just to clarify, must it be the originals of my grand parents marriage certificate or is a certified copy acceptable?? Thanks very much

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Caitlin,

      Only original unabridged certificates are accepted.

  • Chloe

    I have heard rumours that the rules to apply for an ancestory visa may be changing in the future. My grandfather was born and raised in Britain and I have all the other current requirements. I am wanting to apply in 1 years time- will it still be available to me? Thanks in advance. Chloe

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      UK immigration laws are updated in April every year. Since the UK is cutting down on immigration, there is a chance that they will remove the Ancestry visa but there is no indication of when or if this might be.

  • Jim

    Hi. I am from India. My grand father was born in the UK and now has passed. My great grand mom was British. He and my great grand parents moved to India when he was 7 and never went back to UK. My parents are Indians. Am I eligible for the UK ancestry visa?

  • Hamza

    Hi. I wanted to ask that if my grandparents were born in a commonwealth country and later moved to the UK and obtained its citizenship, do I qualify for the Ancestral Visa in that case?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Hamza,

      Unfortunately the Ancestry visa requires that your grandparents were born in the UK.

  • Bracken Burns

    My Grandma is English- but their family was in India on a church mission when she was born… They registered in UK immediately upon their arrival back- but she only has an indian birth certificate because she no longer has her british passport. So technically she wasn’t born in the uk… But my great aunts and uncles are all still here

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You may have a claim, but we aren’t able to tell at first glance. We’d recommend you speak to our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners, who specialise in this kind of case. They would need to get some basic info (estimated dates and countries of birth, etc). You can fill in a free passport assessment here and thereafter order a free British Passport Review to see what the likelihood of having a valid claim to British nationality would be: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Nicky Grant

    Hi John. I am looking to apply for an ancestral visa.
    1. Can I use certified copies of my grandfather’s birth cert.?
    2. My dad was born in SA and obtained his British Passport. Can we use his passport as supporting document?
    3. The UK Gov website mentions I need marriage cert as well. My grandfather married outside of the UK.. Do I need to track their marriage cert?
    4. Do I need my parent’s marriage cert as well?
    Thank you

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nicky,
      If we could please have an email address for you we would be happy to email you more details regarding the Ancestry visa application.

  • Will

    Hey John. I’m interested in applying for an ancestral visa, or I at least believe that is the best option for me. To sum up my situation, I’ve just come back home here in Canada after my 3rd visit to my British fiance in the UK. As I’m sure you can imagined, the hardships and circumstances of a long distance relationship can be tough emotionally. I know that my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family was born in the UK (being Scottish). I’ve been looking into moving to and eventually living in the UK for quite awhile now (since my second visit back in April of this year), but I’m however finding this task to be quite challenging and huge to do on my own. That said, I think I would feel much better if I received assistance with this. As I’m having difficulty finding and getting proper birth certificates for my grandfather, as well as other documentation that I’m unsure of. If you can help me with my situation of wanting to move to the UK (where I hope to eventually live there permanently with British citizenship), I would very much appreciate it. Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Will, we’d be happy to help you. If you’d kindly provide an email address one of our visas advisers will email you with more details. Otherwise you’re welcome to email us on immigration@1stcontact.com.

      • Will

        Yeah, no problem. My email address is inuyasha1992@live.com. Looking forward to hearing back.

      • Will

        Hey. I sent an email, and provided my email address here, but still haven’t heard back. I was talking with my partner and he suggested perhaps doing a family of a settled person visa. I’m wondering if that’s a possibility for me? And if it also serves as a path to eventual British citizenship? Hope to hear back.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Will, our advisers will be in touch shortly. We’re on skeleton staff due to the holidays so apologies for the delay.

  • Chloe

    Hi John,
    I understand that you can only apply for your ancestory visa up to 3 months prior to landing in the UK. I am wanting to know how long you have to stay in the UK on that first initial visit?
    I am wanting to touch down and finalise the visa ASAP prior to doing some travel. I then plan to return to the UK at a later stage for a more extended living period. Thank you in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Chloe, the Ancestry visa is a multi entry visa so you can come and go as you please

  • Kevin

    Hello,
    I don’t have much in savings here (Canada) but I have a job offer in the UK for £40,000 p/a. Will this be taken into account in the consideration of whether I can support myself?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kevin,

      You will need to show that you have adequate funds to support yourself when you arrive in the UK. The required amount is £1300.

  • James Wood

    Hi John – I am elegible for an Ancestry visa as my grandmother was born in the UK in 1917. My husband got a job offer in Scotland, and we are in the process of filling out the Ancestry visa application online (and have all the required certified documents ready), but we have a few questions (including what visa form my husband should apply under). Would you be available for a consultation?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi James, filling in applications is part of the service that we provide our clients. If you would like one of our visas consultants to contact you with more details about the service we can offer, please can you provide an email address or telephone number?

  • Victoria Rose

    Hello John,
    I’m in the UK on a Tier 5 Visa. It ends in September. I’m getting my father and grandmother’s birth certificates together and will apply for the ancestry visa soon. Do I have to be in Canada to apply or any foreign country? Can I apply in the UK since I’ve been residing here since Sep. 2014?
    If I have to apply outside the UK how long does it usually take? I work as a teacher and can go to Canada for the summer, but would like to start teaching again in September!
    Thanks,
    Danielle (-:

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      The Ancestry Visa will need to applied for from Canada and once the application is filed the Visa is then usually issued in about 10-15 days.

  • Shavon Archer

    Hi John,

    Myself and my boyfriend reside in South Africa,
    We Ben living together for 2 years.He is able to get a ancestral visa. I would like to join him by applying for a partner visa. We would like to immigrate end 2016. We do not have jobs or a place to stay as yet. What paperwork is involved for the both of us? If we have saved enough money to support ourselves when we arrive. Do we need a family member that resides in UK already to support us.etc

    Any help would do.

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shavon, as you have lived together for 2 years you may be added as a dependent on his visa. Please could you forward your email address so that one of our advisors can be in touch?

  • Themoon Ismine

    Hello my grandfather was British but born in the Cayman Islands in 1899. Would I be eligible for this visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately this visa relies on a UK-born grandparent. If you’d like to make sure there are no other ways you might qualify, you can visit our nationality partners Philip Gamble & Partners and fill in their free assessment form here: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Will Clerke

    Hi John. My partner and I are relocating to the UK from South Africa on an ancestral visa. I have a job in London which starts on 1 March. My partner is completing his studies and would like to join me on 1 July. Is this possible? Your imput is much appreciated.

    Regards
    William

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Will, is the Ancestry visa yours or your partner’s?

      • Will Clerke

        It is my visa.

  • Robyn

    Hi, my partner is eligible for an ancestry visa and will take myself and our daughter along as dependents. We are struggling to understand how long we will have to enter the UK from the date the visas are issued. We have read that you have to supply an intended travel date and must enter the UK within 30 days of this date. Does this mean that you are required to book a flight before applying for your visa? Also, is it 30 days leading up to this date or from this date onward?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Robyn,

      Once your visa has been issued, it will be issued for 30 days in which you will have time to enter the UK. Once in the UK you will then need to pick up your visa from your nearest post office. You are not required to have an air ticket in place for the application.

  • Jen

    I plan to apply for an ancestry visa from Canada at the end of March. I am wondering the following:

    -I will have roughly £2000 by then in my account (but not for 90 days prior, its a build up). Will that be an issue?

    -When do I have to pay for the healthcare surcharge in this process? It seems I would need to pay it on the application but £1000 is steep without a firm decision.

    -Should I be applying to jobs in the UK now to show my intent to work when I arrive, even if I am not eligible to work there?
    thank you for your time!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jen, depending on how the money was obtained, you would need to hold the funds for the full 3 months prior to your submission.

      At the time of final submission of your application, this will be paid online.

      Submitting job applications, and uploading your CV on recruitment sites, will be a good way of showing your intent to work in the UK.

      • Jen

        Just for clarification, what do you mean by depending on how the money was obtained?

        Also I have heard they might discontinue the ancestry visa in April. Which date does this normally get reviewed on? I am hoping the later part of April.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Should the funds have come as a gift or via a sale of a possession, evidence of this will need to supplied.

          The UK usually makes immigration changes on April 6th of every year. There is no specific indication that the Ancestry visa will be removed but it would follow the UK’s current trend of clamping down on immigration.

  • Hana Lee Ahmad

    Hi can i get any benefits like nhs free prescriptions carers allowance etc with a part time job? Am i allowed to have any uk benefits as long as im working?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately only British citizens have access to this.

  • Catherine Gleave

    Hi there

    I’m in the process of gathering my documents for my ancestral visa for the UK (I’m South African), and I have been able to obtain everything (birth certificates of myself, my father and grandfather, as well as my parents’ marriage certificate), except my grandparents’ marriage certificate. I applied to the Department of Home Affairs more than a year ago and they have still not been able to find it – it’s possible it was destroyed in a fire, although I don’t know this for certain. How much would the lack of this document hinder my application? Your feedback would be appreciated as I don’t really know where to go from here.

    Thanks
    Catherine

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You would only require this marriage certificate in the case that your British born grandparent was not listed on your parent’s birth certificate.

  • Jessica

    Hi, is the 1300 pound requirement an approximate amount or is it the same for everyone? I’ve heard that every application is reviewed on a case by case basis and that there is no set amount. I already have a job and somewhere to stay, would 1,000 pounds (increasing every week) for 3 months suffice?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The £1300 is a rough guideline, so your £1000 should suffice.

  • Jacqui

    Hi, I’m applying for my Ancestry Visa, I have my grandmothers (uk citizen) death certificate and my fathers (born in uk) death certificate. Is that sufficient enough or do I also need birth and marriage, as the death cert has all that on it already. Thank you :)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jacqui, you would require all unabridged birth certificates for all three generations.

  • Lee-Ann Rule

    Hi John,

    My husband is legible to for an ancestral visa. He’s looking to get his visa first, get to the UK, get a job, place to live etc. Once he’s settled, the plan is for myself and kids to apply for our dependents visas and follow him. With all the changes that have taken place recently, will we still be able to do this?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      It is possible, however please bear in mind that the Ancestry visa may be abolished in April, so it may be an idea to apply for the visas sooner rather than later.

  • Steven Brown

    Hi John, I have an Ancestry Visa (valid for a few years) and my fianceee has a Youth Mobility Visa which expires over the next few months. I have been told that we need to have been in a continuous relationship and lived together for 2 years IN THE UK (i.e. as opposed to in general). We have lived together in the UK for approximately 18 months and 4 years before in Australia. We have also been told we should apply using form FLR(O). Is this two year in the UK thing correct? I can’t find anywhere on the Home Office website where it say’s this and it defies all logic! Thanks. Steven

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      you will need to show that you have been living together continuously for 24 months before your application is made. It can be in any country.Let us know if we can further assist with this application, as this is a service that we offer. immigration@1stcontact.com.

  • Ben Schluter

    Hello
    I am planning to move from Australia to the uk via an ancestry visa this year. I would like to know if there is a limit to the number of times I can be granted the ancestry visa. I.e. can I apply for one now and apply for another ancestry visa in say 10 years (once the initial has expired)? I know I can extend an existing visa. Trying to decide if I should use tier 5 now and save the ancestry for later on.
    Cheers
    Ben

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ben, there is not restriction on the number of times you can extend your Ancestry Visa and this can be done from within the UK. Also, if the Visa is still available and you are not residing in the UK and this Visa expires, you would have the ability to get this granted once more.

  • farah.chaplin

    Hi. I am from South Africa. If my grandmother was born in Datchet near Windsor in 1924, do I qualify for an ancestral Visa? Who do I contact or go through?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Based on your grandmother having been born in the UK, you would be eligible for the ancestry visa.

      1st Contact will be more than happy to assist you in full representation in this application. You can contact us at immigration@1stcontact.com or we are happy to email you or give you a call.

  • sjo

    Hi,
    Just a quick question, I am an Australian currently living in Canada on a work visa but I am thinking about making the move to the UK next year, my grandfather was born in Wales so I know I am eligible for the Ancestry Visa. Is it possible to apply for this visa from Canada (seeing that it’s also a Commonwealth country) or would I need to head back to Aus for a month or so while the application is being processed? Thanks in advance for you time and help!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi sjo,

      You may apply from Canada as long as you have been living there for over 6 months and hold residency there.

  • Jarod

    Hi,
    I am eligible to apply for the ancestry visa (Canadian citizen, mother British citizen by descent through her Scottish parents), and I’m hoping to attend university in the UK. My main concern is with proving I have sufficient funds – does the money need to be in my possession (ie in my personal bank account) or, if my parents are willing to fund me if need be, can they provide a statement saying so and a statement from their bank account?

    Regards.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, ideally the maintenance funds should be held by the applicant and if this amount is gifted to you we can then include a letter of sponsorship showing where this was issued from. This would then be sufficient.

  • Sam Field

    Hi,
    I am currently nearing the end of my ancestry visa (ends June 2016), I am looking to renew this asap as I can see that from April the terms and conditions for extension may be changing.
    Firstly, am I able to renew the visa this early on, and secondly can I just provide my job details and pay slips to verify my financial security, I don’t need to show savings do I?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Yes you are able to extend your Visa this far in advance. You can show your payslips corresponding with bank statements and because it is an extension application you will not need any set amount of savings.

      • Sam Field

        Hi John,

        Thank you for this clarification.

        Do you know if the Ancestry visa will be affected by the changes, and if I obtained this before April would I be subjected to any changes afterwards?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          The new financial threshold will not apply to Ancestry Visa holders.

  • Jonathan Anderson

    Hi John, I am a South African and have been doing some research but keep walking into a brick wall.
    I need to know do I qualify for a ancestry visa if my great grandfather comes from Scotland.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jonathan, unfortunately a great grandfather is a generation too far. However, if you’re still curious you can fill in this free online assessment form which will outline your options https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Ash

    Hi John,

    I am thinking of moving to the UK in the future and am eligible for the ancestry visa. My fiancée whom I’ve lived with for 2 years (together for 5) is only eligible for youth mobility. Is it possible to get him as a dependent should we make the move? Or is it better for him to just get the youth mobility visa?

    Thanks in advance :-)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Due to the fact that you have been living together for a period of 24 months, your fiance would have the ability to be added to your Ancestry Visa as a dependent. This Visa is for a longer duration than the Tier 5 and can lead to Permanent Residence. Therefore having him added as a dependent would be a better option.

  • Suzzz

    Hi… Feeling very blonde and need some help please…
    I’ve confirmed my UK ancestry visa form and gone onto the TLSContact site to register and they have asked for the visa type and purpose of visit… these are the options they give…

    Student
    Transit
    Other Non-Settlement
    Family Visitor (>6 months)
    Family Visitor (6 months)
    Visitor (<6 months)
    Tier 1
    Tier 2
    Tier 4
    Tier 5

    Do you know which option is the UK Ancestry visa option?

    Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Suzzz,

      The Ancestry Visa falls under the Settlement Category.

  • Brian

    Hello – I’m currently in the UK on a Tier 2 employee transfer visa but I believe I’m eligible for an Ancestry Visa. My grandmother was born in the UK, I have her birth certificate, I have the requisite funds and I can obtain a job in the UK. What is the process (if possible) to move from a Tier 2 Visa to an Ancestry Visa? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will need to return to your home country of residence in order to apply for the UK Ancestry visa.

  • Melanie

    Hi John If my husband applies for his ancestral visa (Both grandparents were born in the UK), would my application be as his spouse (Dependant Visa)… would I be allowed to work in the UK. Then the funds required in the bank is this per person ( we will be a family of 6 : 2 adults and 4 children under the age of 17
    Lastly the health surcharge I’m on the website (Gov.uk) and trying to see what the Health Surcharge amount would be. what route will ancestral visa be (other? / tier …)
    or can you advise what the amount will be

    Kind regards

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You would apply as an Ancestry dependent, you would be permitted to work in the UK.

      We advise roughly R 20 000 per person.

      • Melanie

        Thank you for getting back to me.
        I’m looking for more information / advice on your fees in assistance with obtaining a visa. The R20000.00 what is this for?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Melanie, the R20 000 per person is for dependents on a as per your initial request regarding the funds required in the bank. If you’d kindly provide an email address, we’d be happy to have one of our consultants contact you for more information about the service we offer and the various fees.

          • Melanie

            Thank you :-) jacksonfamilysa@gmail.com my cell is not working at the moment if possible please can they use my email. thank you.

  • Sean

    I have an ancestral Visa for the UK and am moving to England soon is it possible to get my girlfriend there somehow she’s a South African.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sean, if would be possible if you have been living together. If you like we can email you more information?

      • Sean

        Great thanks please do. Is it possible to come in and have a meeting with someone? I’m based in JHB? But also please send an email.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Sean, please provide an email address. Our South African offices are in Cape Town, but we are also happy to chat on the phone.

  • a_breton

    Hi, I’m from Canada (I know this site is for Australians, New Zealanders, and South Africans), but I really could use your help! Both my grandparents were born in Northern Ireland in 1933. I have one of my grandparent’s birth certificates (my grandmothers), but I don’t have their marriage certificate (my uncle is currently looking for it for me). To make matters worse, my mother won’t send me her birth certificate or my parent’s marriage certificate (we have a troubled relationship and aren’t really on speaking terms).

    Can I apply for a UK Ancestry Visa without my mother’s birth certificate and parent’s marriage certificate? Or are there any other documents that I can order that can prove the ancestry link?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately all birth certificates will be required.

  • Fiona Doncaster

    Hi there i’.m a New Zealander with a ancestry visa that is due to expire in april 2016 and want an extension. Do i need to provide all the relative full birth certificates again?or is my passport and visa enough.?
    And do i have to provide payslips or are they happy to see my pay going in though my bank statements?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      All birth certificates will need to be provided once more and payslips corresponding with bank statements will need to be provided.

  • Shannon Crombie

    I’m planning on travelling for the first few months before settling down in the uk for a bit. Should I get the working visa or ancestry visa. My grandfather was born in Scotland so I do believe I’d be eligible for ancestry but which one would suit me better?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      Due to the fact that the Tier 2 work permit is based on having sponsorship from a UK employer and would link you to this employer and is also a more difficult and expensive application, the Ancestry Visa would certainly be a better option.

  • Philip Close

    Hi there,

    I am a New Zealander that has applied for a UK ancestry visa. I sent all the documents away and it has come back approved. It says its valid from the 24th March 2016 but I only have 30 days to enter the country and collect my BRP. I am leaving NZ on the 4th of April and spending 6 months traveling South America and then was planning on going straight to the UK. Is there anyway I can delay collecting my BRP? I was planning not to get to the UK until September 2016. I have herd that I may need to apply for a vignette transfer. I have been emailing the UK visa and immigration help line but they haven’t been very helpful.

    Any advice would be helpful

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Philip,

      You will be required to enter the UK within 30 days and then apply for your BRP within 10 days of arrival. Once done the Visa will then remain valid for the duration of the five years. If this is not done the Visa will then lose it validity unfortunately.

      • Philip Close

        What if I apply for a vignette transfer?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          You would still need to enter the UK within 30 days in order to apply for the transfer of the vignette.

  • Emmanuel

    Hello, I was planning towards my internship in the UK.
    The Internship will start by July, 2016.
    I was thinking of starting my visa application now to see if i can get a visa to the UK.
    Is it not too early?..

    Can you advice me on this?..

    I have another internship offer here in Belgium.
    If i can get a visa to the UK, I can decline this offer.

  • Alexandra

    Hi I am from NZ. My father was born in Scotland in 1909 and travelled to NZ met and married my mother. I was born in 1952 and want to know if I am eligible for “right of abode” certificate.

  • alysha

    hello! i was wondering if you can get uk citizenship through a mother that was born outside the uk but has dual citizenship through her mother? so basically my grandma, but through my mom who was born in america?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Alysha,

      Unfortunately, you cannot make an application for British citizenship through a grandparent.

      Your best option would be to acquire an Ancestry visa based on your grandparent’s citizenship. You can fill in our Visa Assessment to see how likely it is that you will qualify: https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Corrie

    I am wondering if I need my grandparents marriage certificate? I have my fathers birth certificate my both of my grandparents birth certificates and my parents marriage certificate? I am looking
    To move to London and work their my family were all born in Scotland and I was born in Canada. I am applying for a UK visa thru them…

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Corrie,

      Your father’s and grandparent’s birth certificate would be sufficient to apply for a visa. These will need to be unabridged originals; UK Visas and Immigration will not accept copies.

      The marriage certificates will only be required where your parents or your grandparents are not listed on the birth certificates of their children.

      • Corrie

        Thank you, I am looking to go work in London close to September and I just want to make sure I have everything I need before I apply, so original birth certificates of my father and grandparents and 1300 lbs in my account? I do not have a job there yet but will hopefully have something lined up before I go.
        Besides the application is their anything else I need ?
        Thanks
        Corrie

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Your passport will be submitted with the application; once it is established that you are eligible for a visa, you will be able to collect all of the documents as well as your visa.

          You will need to show an intention to work but you don’t need a confirmed job offer.

          • Corrie

            I live in Calgary Alberta Canada where do I go to submit everything I read somewhere I needed to go to Edmonton? Thanks Corrie

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Corrie,

            If you would like further assistance with your application, please send your email address to brand@1stcontact.com and we’ll have an adviser contact you.

      • Corrie

        Sorry, so I also need to send in my Canadian passport or just the number ?
        Thanks Corrie

  • Corrie

    I am also wondering if I need original copies of everyone birth certificates or color copies are ok?

  • Ella Prinsloo

    Hi, I was born 1953 in the then Southern Rhodesia (British Colony) and did have a British passport till it became Rhodesia. My Mother was born in Southern Rhodesia. Would I be eligible for a British passport?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ella,

      Our sister company, Phililp Gamble & Partners deals with British nationality and passport claims. Take the free Passport Assessment to determine the likelihood that you will qualify for a British passport: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Candice Janine De Melo

    Hi

    I lived in England from 1999 – 2007. I was born in south Africa, I was registered as a British citizen in 2007. Does my south african born 4 year old quality for British passport

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Candice,

      It may be possible that your child qualifies for a British passport as you held citizenship in 2012. Our sister company, Philip Gamble & Partners specialises in British nationality claims. Take the online Passport Assessment to see whether your child qualifies for a British passport: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Jo

    Hi John. My family and I immigrating to the UK. My husband will be applying this week for his British Citizenship as he has a right through his father who was born in Scotland. I am applying for my Ancestral visa, through my late maternal grandfather who was born in Kent, UK.
    My question is, would my daughter apply as my dependant on my ancestral visa? or does she need to apply as my dependant for a Right of Abode visa?
    We’re also concerned about the information we’ve been given about the Biometrics forms that are required. We’ve been told that we can only submit that once we’ve sent our applications in, and received an email back from the HO with a letter of appointment and reference number, to which we take to the courier service whom do the Biometrics, then we send that via courier service again to HO. Is this true?
    And my biggest concern, I’ve heard that once we receive our visa’s, we have 30days to get into UK. But on the gov.uk site, it says that you should only submit your application for a visa not more than 90days before date of intended travel? I presumed we had at least 90days before you had to be in the UK, so for some it would mean serving out a job notice period.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jo,

      If your daughter is under 18, she may be added as a dependant on your Ancestral visa.

      Your biometrics will be taken when you submit your visa. If your visa is approved, it will be issued for an initial period of 30 days, but you may postpone the start date of the visa by 90 days.

  • Derek Noppe

    Hello, my wife’s real grandfather is a british citizen, however he deserted his son (My wife’s father when he was an infint. Can my wife still claim an ancestral Visa through her real grandfather?

  • Sabrina

    Hi, I am a citizen of the USA, but my grandmother was born in London. Am I eligible for the Ancestry Visa?

  • Byron Quandary

    Hi There,

    I’m considering applying for a UK Ancestry Visa. The only query I have is – if I am successful in getting the visa, can I just book a one-way ticket to the UK? Or do I need a return ticket?

    Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Byron,

      It is not necessary to book a return flight when you’re in the UK on an Ancestry visa. As the visa allows you to stay in the UK until you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you do not need plans to return to your home country.

      • Byron Quandary

        Fantastic, thanks for the help!

  • Jessica

    Hi John, My husband and I have an ancestry visa that was issued in 2011. We moved to UK in the beginning of 2012 where we lived for 2 years and then returned to Australia. We have been in Australia now for 2 years and our Ancestry Visa is due to expire in November and we are now planning what will hopefully be a longer move back there….are we are able to renew the VISA even though we havent been out of the UK for 2 years?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jessica,

      The only way in which to extend your Ancestry visa would be to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Unfortunately, you must have spent five years in the UK with an interruption of less than 90 consecutive days to be eligible for ILR. As a result of your absence from the country, this option is not available to you.

      You may be eligible for a Tier 2 visa if you intend to work in the UK. Take our Visa Assessment to find out which options are available to you and your husband: https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • maureen

    can I activate my ancestry visa first and then return to Canada to activate my childrens visa? I want to find a home first.

  • Emma Robertson

    Hi. I am a New Zealand citizen with a grandmother born in the UK. I am doing an exchange to the Netherlands this year (September – December) with the plan to move to London afterwards, without returning to NZ in between. I’ll be in the UK for two weeks in July before my exchange starts. Can I apply for the ancestry visa while I’m living in the Netherlands, or do I need to apply for it from my home country? Thanks

  • Robin Shinn

    hi John im Robin Shinn was born in South Africa now studying in new zealand my gran was born in the uk do i have to travel back to apply in south africa because i would like to leave to the uk after i study and not return to south africa thanks again

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      As you hold residency in New Zealand, you can apply from New Zealand.

  • Hermione McKeich

    Hi there. Regarding possible ancestral visa application. I have just noticed that my mums birth certificate’s details of my grandmothers name at birth differs to my grandmothers birth certificate. She was adopted at birth by her father so the name on her birth certificate says one thing however on my mothers birth certificate, my grandmothers ‘name at birth’ says her adopted surname. Will this be an issue? Will they be able to put the links together? Also, the area she was born differs slightly on my mothers birth certificate compared to her own. It says Kingston, Surrey on my grandmothers birth certificate however on my mothers birth certificate it says my grandmother was born in Richmond, Surrey. Hoping you can help me with this confusion.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Hermione, You will need to provide adoption papers to show the name change.

  • Graeme

    Hi John. I am from Canada, and I was in the UK for a two year Working Holiday visa and want to return, and both my grandparents are from Scotland so I am eligible. However, I’m in Vancouver studying and am unable to until next year when I finish school. I worry about the visa being abolished. Can I apply now and leave at a later time to secure my application or can I not do it until closer to the day? I don’t want to miss out on the chance. Thank you. It is possible for me to have a practicum placement there for my school as well.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You are able to apply now, however you will need to enter the UK within 30 days of your visa starting and then return to Canada.

  • Louw Steyn

    Hi, if I am claiming ancestry through my father’s father, who both have the same last name as I do, do I still need to provide marriage certificates?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Louw,

      You wouldn’t need to produce a marriage certificate. It would only be necessary if your parents were not listed on the unabridged birth certificates.

  • Sara

    Hello, I am an Australian national – my grandfather and mother were born in the UK and I am hoping to apply for ancestry visa. Question is, my mother passed away in 2014 and I would like to include my father on my visa application as I care for him – is there any way to have him stay with us there?
    Also, are there any changes to the Ancestry visa for Australians as I noticed an item on the news recently that it will be harder for Australians to qualify for a visa.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sara,

      If your mother was born in the UK and you were born outside the UK prior to 1 January 1983, you can make an application for registration as a British citizen. Alternatively, you can make an application for Entry Clearance.

      If your mother was born in the UK and you were born outside the UK after the 1st January 1983, you can make an application for your first British passport automatically. British passport applications take up to six weeks to process once lodged.

      Your father would qualify for entry into the UK if he requires long-term care which is not affordable in the country he lives in. If this is not the case, he would have to apply for a UK visa in his own right.

  • audrey

    Hi Im enquirying on behalf of my son currently living in Zimbabwe
    . Is he eligible for an ancetral visa on his grandfather even if he is my step father. Who can advise me correctly? many thanks
    Audrey Rademeyer

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Audrey,

      In order for you son to be eligible through your step father, your step father would have to be listed on your birth certificate. If this is not the case, he would not be eligible for the Ancestry visa.

  • Travis Wade

    Hey there. My mothers grandfather was born in Scotland but he has passed away. If she had to apply for an ancestral Visa through him would I as her son qualify for anything? Im 30years old.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Travis,

      Unfortunately, Ancestry visas are only available to the grandchildren of British citizens. To see if you have any other options available to you, you can take our online Visa Assessment: http://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

  • jb2814

    Hello,

    I am a US citizen with a grandmother who was born in Ecuador to 2 British nationals. She was a UK citizen from birth. Does the fact that she was born outside the UK disqualify me from obtaining an ancestry visa? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      Unfortunately as your grandmother was not born in the UK, you would not be able to obtain an Ancestry visa.

  • Timothy Hutchinson

    I am looking into applying for an ancestral visa. My grandmother was born in Scotland and my father and myself in South Africa. My concern is that our birth certificates in South Africa do not have the parent’s names on them. Is this a problem in making the link between me, my father and my father’s mother who was born in Scotland?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Timothy,

      You will need to produce both your birth certificate and your father’s showing your respective parent’s names in order to claim an Ancestry visa. You can apply for an unabridged birth certificate at home affairs for this purpose. These certificates show parent’s names and identity numbers.

  • Bradley Tobin

    Hi John,

    My fiancee is South African , born to a British father and South African mother (who weren’t married at the time of birth but subsequently married), her fathers parents were both British. She is eligible to register as British through UKF route but that will likely take considerably longer than gaining an Ancestry Visa and then registering as a citizen once here (although I know it’s considerably more costly!), would this be allowed (i.e. enter the UK on an ancestry and then register as a citizen)?

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Yes she can enter the UK on a Ancestry visa and then apply for citizenship through her father whilst in the UK.

  • Margie Sutton

    Hi, My husband and I moved from South Africa to the Uk 12 years ago. We are both British citizens, him by birth and I by naturaliization. Recently my father passed away and we suggested to my mother it would be best if she comes yo stay with us. She is 65 and still working. She plans to continue working if she moves to the UK. Her Grandmother was born in Scotland so would she be eligible for an ancestry visa. We would of course sponser her and she has a small nest egg left from he inheritance from my father. Is this a possibility and what will we need to apply. Also it worth going through an agency for this.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Please provide your direct email address, and we will be more than happy to assist with your mum’s application.

  • Anita

    Hi guys, if you were adopted as an adult and your adoptive grandparent was born in the UK if you still qualify? Thanks in advance

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Anita, adoption is always quite complex when it comes to nationality. We’d recommend you speak to our nationality partners Philip Gamble & Partners https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

    • Anna

      Hi, I too am wondering this, did you ever find out the answer? thanks

  • Kate Murray

    Hi, I am planning on heading to the UK in April. If I apply for a 2 year mobility visa, am I then able to apply for an ancestral visa while I am in the UK. I am eligble for an ancestral visa, but as I havent got much time on my side to get all the documents I need by April i thought a 2 year visa would be a quicker process.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You would be required to return to the UK to file your Ancestry Visa if on the Tier 5 YMS and this application will need to be done from Country of Citizenship.

  • mark

    hi, my girlfriend is applying for a ancestral visa but we are getting differing information on money in the bank she has just recivied payment from the sale of her house does this money need to be in the bank for 3 months or can she apply now?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Your girlfriend would be able to apply now, as she can show where the money came from

      • mark

        Thank you for your reply she is applying for her visa through 1st contact in the next 2 days. I have another question she seen on another blog that as she has not worked for 5 years she does not stand a chance of getting a visa in this time she was her mothers career and had some health problems but is OK now she has applied for work in the UK but the company’s say they cannot accept her as she does not have a ni number this seems to be a catch 22 situation

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          There is no requirement to have worked for 5 years prior to being eligible to apply for a UK visa.

          Once having been granted the UK Ancestry visa, the requirement is to live, work and settle in the UK.

  • justin

    I’m in the UK now on a two year youth mobility visa and my partner has a five year ancestry visa. Can I and consequently how would I go about being added to her visa to stay for the extra three years?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You may have the ability to be added to your partners existing Ancestry Visa, if you are not married then you would need to show a minimum of 24 months of cohabitation leading up to your application.

      • justin

        We have leases for more than two years from Australia, but since we arrived we have lived in hostels/airbnb’s and with friends so we dont have a rental agreement for the last three months leading up to the application. Is this likely to stop the application being successful?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          If there is a small gap in your cohabitation after your relocation to the UK, this is not necessarily going to be a reason for refusal as long as you can show the 24 months prior to your relocation.

  • Gabrielle Davey

    Hi, I am from New Zealand…this might sound like a stupid question but does the grandparent born in the UK (Edinburgh) need to be alive when applying for the visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      No the grandparent does not need to be alive in order to apply for the UK Ancestry visa.

  • Christopher Cryan

    Hi. I know that I can get my ancestry visa through my grandparents. just wanted to find out more, my Dad got his passport from his parents and is now living in the uk on that passport. I know that he cannot hand down his British rights to me.is there anything that his rights can give me in my application.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately your father’s British residence and citizenship will not have any baring on your UK options. You would, as you stated, be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa based on your grandparent being British-born.

  • Sarah

    so if its my great grandparent that’s from scotland i dont really stand much of a chance?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately great grandparent is a generation too far

  • RastaSooz

    Good day, my grandmother was born in Scotland I’m American living in South Africa my husband is South African do I qualify we want to move to UK? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rasta, Unfortunately it does not sound like you would qualify as you were not born in a commonwealth country. You can, however, fill in this free online assessment with our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners, to see if there are any other possible routes for you or your husband: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      • RastaSooz

        Thank you.

  • Kristi Gjoka

    hello everyone ! next month i will apply for standart visitor visa and this is my first time , i have friends in uk that will support me , they will pay my trip and other stuff , i will live at their house , i have all documention that i need but i want to know if my visa will be refused because i dont have job i have just finished my secondary school , what should i say to convience the officer that i will come back ,, and i will come back indeed

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      If you cannot show ties to an employer, we then suggest that return flight tickets are shown, evidence of residence as well as bank account and any other financial ties.

      • Kristi Gjoka

        how possibilities have i to accept my visitor visa if i show return ticket to them ?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Kristi,

          If you produce a valid Visitors visa and your return ticket upon arrival in the UK, you will be allowed entrance into the country.

  • Aaron Duncan

    Hello, I have just been accepted to do a Master’s Degree at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and I am having a tough time grasping the immigration policies for the U.K. Under the conditions you have described I am eligible to apply for the Ancestry Visa, seeing as I have Grandparents (including other extended family) who were born in Scotland. My Mother is also from Scotland, but I am from the U.S. Am I eligible for Dual Citizenship? Any advice you could provide would be great. Thank you.

    • Aaron Duncan

      I know that isn’t the subject of the post, but I have been searching for a few months without any luck of finding information. Furthermore, the U.K.’s embassy’s in the U.S. are not the best. And due to my location, I am unable to visit or speak to a representative.

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi Aaron, unfortunately the Ancestry visa only applies to those who are born in commonwealth countries, but there is a possibility you could qualify for citizenship through your mother. The UK does allow for dual citizenship. You can fill in this free online assessment form if you like which will outline your options going forward: http://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

  • charlie

    my partner is eligible for an ancestry visa but he is currently finalising his divorce. We want to know if it will affect his application if the court rules he has to pay alimony (alimony is unlikely but a possibility)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      That should have no impact on the UK Ancestry visa application.

  • Brandon

    Hi, I have submitted my ancestral visa renewal application for my ancestral visa which runs out at the end of this month. My current employer(in the UK) have told me that they are going to terminate my employment because I can’t prove that I have submitted and application. How can I prove that I have submitted one? And how can I reassure my employer that my status whilst my visa application is being processed remains the same.

    Help would really be appreciated.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will need to contact the Home Office to send you a letter stating that your application has been received and your immigration status stays the same whilst the application is being assessed.

  • Cooper

    Thank you very much for this information page, and the ability to get questions answered! I’m frustrated because both my mother’s parents were from the UK, but I’m an American citizen, so the Commonwealth requirement is not met. I’m wondering, however, if I were (within the next 5 years) to move to Canada and successfully apply for dual US/Canadian citizenship, would that allow me to try for the Ancestry visa? (Assuming it’s still available at that time, of course!) Thank you for any info.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Cooper,

      Unfortunately the Ancestry visa is based on place of birth, not place of citizenship, so this would not alter your situation in this regard.

  • Jen

    Aside from the application and family birth certificates what are the other documents, proofs do I require to apply for an ancestry visa from Canada? Also, I have my birth certificate but it isnt long form. Is that acceptable?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The full document checklist will be forwarded to you as part of our full representation service. Please could you provide me with your email address and one of our consultants will be in touch.

  • Brydie Akers

    Hello, I am a bit stuck with what to do…. My mother was born in England in 1973, my grandparents lived there with my mother for 3 years before moving to Australia.. I am now looking at working in the UK as a Nanny/Au Pair but unsure as to the best option?? Am I able to obtain an Ancestry Visa (my grandparents were not born in UK and my mother is not a UK citizen)? Or is there another option?

    Thanks,
    Brydie

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Brydie,

      Could you please provide an email address? We’ll put you into direct contact with one of our consultants.

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  • Jen

    at what point does the Ancestry Visa become active for the 3 months use? from time of decision or from the time of application itself?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jen,

      The Ancestry visa is active from the start date that can be found on the visa.

  • Paul

    Hi, I am eligible for an Ancestral Visa through my Grandparents and Father. However, during my first year of university i was unfairly charged for ‘shoplifting’ which is unfortunately now a criminal record. Would this dampen my chances of getting into the UK with an ancestral Visa? I am not sure what the restrictions are on this.
    I am also applying for the HCPC and it seems as though it would not be a problem for that particular application process.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Paul,

      Please could you advise as to when these charges were laid?

      • Paul

        It occurred in February 2010 when I was at university.

        I would also like to enquire about the Home Office policy that is being implemented re: deportation for non-EU workers earning less than £35,000 a year. Would this exclude those who have ancestral visas?

        Thanks for your help.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          In that case, it should not affect your application. The £35,000 only applies to Tier 2 applicants, so this would not affect you.

  • Sam Field

    Hi John,
    I am applying for an extension to my Ancestry visa this June.
    Firstly, I have been told I am only able to apply within 30 days of the expiration of my current visa, is this true? And I also have to get my biometrics retaken again here, is this true?
    Finally, will I have to pay for the IHS charge which comes in from April? I am from New Zealand and I know this applies to new visas, how about renewals?

    Many thanks in advance!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sam,

      You are able to apply for the visa extension at any time. The IHS payment will be required for all visa applications from the 6th April.

      • Sam Field

        Hi John,
        Just to clarify, I would be able to apply for my extension for my visa now (March) even though it doesn’t expire until June 10th? Because this way I could avoid the extra IHS charge. When I called the UK Immigration helpline they informed me I could only apply within 30 days of my current visa expiring.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          You are able to apply for a renewal at any stage

          • Jen

            Is the IHS fee not due on every application from April of 2015? or is it 2016? I was under the impression it was 2015.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Jen, it was implemented in certain territories from 2015.

          • Sam Field

            I have called the number on the gov.uk website and they have again informed me I am unable to process my renewal until at the earliest 30 days before the expiration. May I ask where the information is related to renewing at any stage?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Sam. 1st Contact has processed applications for the spousal visa outside of the 30 days on a number of occasions. Please remember that should you be applying for ILR, you may apply only apply within 28 days.

            1st Contact is an OISC registered Immigration agency who specialise in family migration and settlement applications for the UK. We have been in operation for more than 18 years and have experience in almost every immigration application including dealing with their constant changes and advising clients in the correct manner to ensure a successful outcome of their visa applications first time round. Should you wish for one of our consultants to give you a call, please could you send your number?

  • Bon

    Im in the UK on my first year of my ancestral visa, and I’m looking to take a holiday is there a limit to the number of consecutive days I can be out of the country?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Only if you hope to obtain ILR after living in the UK for five years. When you apply for ILR, you will have to show that you’ve spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months of the last 5 years.

  • Rahul Puri

    Hello,My Uncle grandfather is a UK resident from last 70 years and I want to know how he can help me to sponsor me to come to uk to work and live there and what are all the possibilities? My age is 29 years…..And what are all the documents required for the same ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Family members are not able to sponsor individuals for visa purposes unfortunately.

  • Claire Midgley

    Hi, my ancestral visa expires 1/5/2018… what can I do to be able to remain in the UK? Have been working but mainly contract work and being self employed. Have not managed to save much money yet!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Claire, please could you provide your email address and one of our consultants will be in touch.

  • Paula Ferguson

    Hi there – a few questions!

    1) I have a job offer with a start date earlier than the 3 months needed before arriving in UK (i.e. start date is June 6th and it is currently March 20th) – should I ask my employer to change this start date? If I apply and receive my visa in the next few weeks, would I still have to wait the 3 months from application to departure?(and only be eligible to go to the UK at the end of June?)

    2) How much money do you need to have in your bank account to be eligible for a 5 year ancesrty visa? My salary will be 31000pounds when I arrive however they application for ancestry visa suggests you need a certain $$ in your account now? Could you tell me how much this is?

    3) Should I include other information in my application (proof of employment once I get to the UK, any school info, CV?)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Paula, please would you provide an email address so that we can put you directly in touch with one of our visas advisers?

      • Paula Ferguson
        • sarah

          I am looking for the answer to your first question – do you have to wait the 3 months from application to departure to enter the UK? I have just applied for my visa but I want to head over there in about 2 months not 3. Thanks

  • Kevin U

    Hi, my Moms grandfather was born in the UK. My Mom is still alive and well at the age of 81. Is it possible for me (the son) to get an Ancestral visa if my Mom applies?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kevin,

      Your mom may apply, but she would need to show evidence that she intends to move to and work in the UK. Unfortunately you are a generation too far to qualify, so her application would not affect you in any way.

  • Ryan Eunson

    Hi there. Once my ancestry visa has been approved and granted, how long can I still live in SA before essentially having to move to the UK? I know that the visa is valid for 5 years, but do you have to live in the UK for 5 years from the Ancestry visa’s inception?

  • Alyssa

    Hello! If my mother’s mother is from Scotland, am I eligible for an ancestry Visa or does this only apply to your patriarchal blood line?
    Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Alyssa,

      It sounds like you will qualify through a UK-born grandparent. Would you like one of our visas advisers to email you more details?

  • Emily Russell

    I’m in the UK on a youth mobility visa until October 2016. I want to apply for the ancestry visa and I understand I have to go back to Australia in order to attend the interview and submit my documents. Can I lodge the online application from the UK though? And can I book the visa interview in Australia from the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Emily,

      The application form will need to be prepared and your visa appointment booked once back in Australia.

  • Todi

    Hi, I am currently in the UK on a 2 year youth mobility visa. I understand that I have to leave the UK to apply for an ancestry visa – do I need to go back to my home country to apply (New Zealand) or can I apply from another country? I applied for my youth mobility visa in Australia, wondering if I can do the same again. Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will be required to apply from your home country of residence.

  • sam

    Hi my great grandparents were born in the UK i know that i am a generation to far however, would it make a difference if my grandparents were born in SA while my greatgrandfather was living here as he was deployed here by the army soon after he moved back to the UK and had his other children?

  • Suz g

    Hi,

    My passport is due to expire before I plan to arrive in the uk on the ancestry visa. Do I need to get a new passport before submitting my application?

    Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Suz,

      It is advisable to renew your passport, prior to submitting your application.

  • Bee Lane

    Hello!
    I am looking to get the ball rolling on my ancestry visa, but I am curious as to whether I can use copies of birth certificates or if it must be the original. I am claiming through my mum’s mum, who is deceased. I am not sure where to even begin looking for the original birth certificate. Also, will I require marriage certificates or is that only in some circumstances? Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bee,

      Only original certificates will be accepted, no copies. You will be required to show the birth certificates to show the Ancestry family link.

      Here is a link you may find helpful in sourcing the birth certificate;
      http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

      • Bee Lane

        Alright, so I am still a bit confused. I can just send off to registries to get someone else’s birth certificate? Seeing as it’s technically government issued identification I was under the impression that it could only be sent to the person who it belongs to? Or will I be able to obtain new originals of these documents on my own?

  • Alastair

    Hi. I am from South Africa. My father was born in Rhodesia in 1958 and has a UK passport based due to it being a British Colony at the time. I have 2 questions:

    1) Is there a chance this qualifies me for British Citizenship; or

    2) Can I get an ancestral/similar visa on this basis?

  • Claire Wilson Cook

    We applied for an Ancestry visa for my son who had been accepted at the Uni of his choice, plus he was at the time, applying for part time work…….his ancestry visa was refused on the grounds that he should apply for a student visa instead…….British High Commission in Nairobi. This was 3 or 4 years ago.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Claire, The Ancestry visa is a working visa and you will need to show that the reason for your application is to work in the UK.

      • Claire Wilson Cook

        You have just contradicted yourself!
        This is another common misconception: You are able to apply for an Ancestry visa if you’re studying full-time as long as you are also working part-time (as many students do under ordinary circumstances).

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Claire, Yes of course you are able to study on the Ancestry visa, however in order to ensure a successful outcome in the Ancestry visa application, it is required that the applicant shows intent of working in the UK. You had mentioned that the high commission refused the application stating that a Student visa is more applicable, this indicates that the requirement of ‘intention to work in the UK’ had not been met.

          If you are still unclear about the requirements I can have one of our consultants to give you a call to discuss if you like

          • Claire Wilson Cook

            Thank you, we are already in touch with PG office.

  • Caroline Buckley

    My husband has recently been successful in obtaining an ancestry visa for the UK from Australia. Unfortunately we were not advised to wait to apply ( the visa has only a one month period for biometric activation in the UK and is offered to a maximum of 3 months ahead of time, hence the entry visa expires a week before our arrival on 13/7/16. We read none of this on the website ( actually to the contrary to apply at least 3 months ahead of time). The Manilla processing centre has been unhelpful. We have non refundable flights booked ….any advice on how to change? email snalcm@optusnet.com.au

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      It is not likely that the visa dates may be changed unfortunately. You would be required to apply for a new visa.

  • David

    Hello,

    If my grandfather who was born in England has been dead for a number of years, can I still apply?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi David,

      In the case that your British born grandparent is deceased this would not have a negative effect on your ability to apply for the ancestry visa.

  • Shivan

    Hello, I am eligible for an Ancestry Visa as all 4 of my grandparents were born in the UK. I am currently travelling in the UK and do not want to return to Canada to make my application. Where else can i legally make my application?

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shivan,

      The only way you would have the ability to apply for the Ancestry Visa from a Country other then that of your Nationality would be in the case that you held residence in another Country.

      • Shivan

        Yes, going to contact the UK in the Netherlands just in case…. also there is a £1000.00 NHS fee on top off the Visa charge….

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Shivan, yes there is an IHS surcharge fee of £1000 along with the visa application.

  • Suraya

    Hi, I’m an Australian, currently on the Ancestry Visa and planning to extend as my current visa runs out on 1 May. I applied to pay the IHS payment online on 5 April and was granted an exemption and given a reference number. I have now heard that Australians will not be exempt from 6 April (no reference to this was made when I applied on 5 April). I am not planning on submitting my application until 22 April when I return from an overseas trip. Will my IHS reference number granting the exemption still be valid? If it is not, will I have to pay the full £1,000? I actually only intend to stay in the country until mid October, at which point my partner and I are planning to move to Australia… On another note, can I please confirm that as an Aussie born and bred, I do not need to prove my English language requirements?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Suraya, you will be liable for the IHS payment as you are making your application after the 6th April. You are not required to write the English test

  • Brendan Montgomery

    Hi my grandmother was born outside the UK but as a british national and her birth is listed in a GRO Consular Birth Indices do you know if this still meets the requirement that she was born in the UK for this visa? I also have her british passport information and british marriage certificate

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Bi Brendan, In order to qualify your grandparent will need to have been born in the UK

  • Kym P

    Hello, I am already living in the UK with my family on my Ancestry visa which will be expiring in about year. I am working full time but looking to drop to part time to fit around my son’s school hours. Will this affect my ancestry visa requirements to live in the UK? We pay taxes and don’t rely on government financial support. We want to remain in the UK indefinitely, but I don’t want to jeopardise my right to work here. Also, is it best to apply for a biometrics resident permit now (my passport expired so when I travel I take both expired and new passport) or wait to do it when I apply for my extension after 5 years in the UK? Thank you for your advice.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kym,

      Provided you are economically active, if even part time this should cause no problem.

      I would await, applying until you are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain within the UK.

  • PatricePP

    HI – I am confused by the time frames surrounding an ancestry visa. When you submit an application and pay for it, is it 3 months from that date you need to enter the country? Or 3 months from the biometrics submission? I submitted mine early April, and the job doesn’t start until mid July.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Patrice, your visa will be issued for 30 days which will allow you to travel to the UK.

      • Steven

        Hi, I just received my Ancestry visa! As you state it shows only good for 30 days….there is no mention if it being good for 5 years.

        When I enter the country do they add some kind of stamp showing it is good for more than just the one month?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Steven,

          The visa is issued for 30 days, you are required to enter the UK within 30 days.

          You will collect the Biometric Residence Permit within the first 10 days of arriving in the UK. This takes the place of a visa and is valid for the full term of your Ancestry visa.

  • Gary Seagreen

    Hi, would i need to have an air ticket before applying for the visa? as i dont want to have a ticket thats booked 3 months in advance, and then my visa expires before i can even fly over, this would be for an ancestry visa. could i just apply for the visa and then book a ticket after it has been approved?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Gary, You will not need an air ticket.

  • Digib

    Please can one of your consultants make contact with me digibson6@gmail.com

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Digib, Please could you advise what information you are looking for?

      • Digib

        Hi, I have responded to your email with my enquiry.

      • Digib

        Hi

        Thanks for your response. My name is Dianne Gibson and I live in South Africa. I am making contact with you at the request of my eldest daughter, Kelly Leigh Gibson. Kelly lives in South Africa and is 24 years of age. She is unmarried and about to have her first baby (due 26.6. 2016). She wishes to apply for a UK visa based on her paternal grandfather (who is deceased). His name was Sydney Gibson and he was born on 27.9.1936 in the UK.

        She wishes to know if she and her child would be eligible for a UK visa.
        Kind regards

        Dianne Gibson

  • sarah

    Hi, I am in the process of applying for my UK Ancestry Visa from Australia. I am booked in for my appointment at the Visa application center on 19th April and I will send off my complete application that day however I have a flight booked to Paris on 17th June where I will holiday before entering the UK on 30th June. I am unaware of the time frame of applying for this Visa, if my application is successful, will I be granted my visa before I fly to Paris on 17th June? Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sarah,

      Once your application is submitted the visa is then usually issued in about ten to fifteen days and you would therefore have this prior to your intended travel.

  • KDM bolton

    Good morning!! I have been living in England for almost five years now with on Ancestry Visa. Now is the time for me to apply for the Indefinite Leave to Remain. The rule is I have to be here five years before I can apply. I entered May 31, 2011. I can only apply 28 days before the five years is up, no sooner. So to me that means I can apply the beginning of May. However, my Ancestry Visa expired, I think in February 2016. I looked at my visa this morning, after an unsettling dream about the application process, and the date of issue is 02/06/2011 the expiry is 02/06/2016. In Canada we would read the date month/day/year. Here that would read day/month/year. There is also a stamp from the airport that says May 31, 2011, stamped on the visa itself. The application itself is a bit confusing as to when you can apply. One paragraph says 5 years on the day i entered, another paragraph says 5 years from when the visa was issued then another paragraph stating I may have to apply for an extension of stay…..?? I am a little confused as to what to follow. It’s very important I get it right as the application can be refused and I will have to start all over again. I am quite concerned as I think I may have waited to late. I ASSUMED everything depended upon the date I arrived in the country.
    I would be grateful for any advice or perhaps point me to someone who could help.
    Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, the application for ILR based on an Ancestry Visa can be applied for in the 28 days prior to the expiry of your visa. As long as you entered within 90 days of your visa being valid this is then viewed as continuous residence.

      • KDM bolton

        Thank you so very much for getting back to me and for this information!
        I appreciate this!!

  • Signorpops

    My grandfather was a scot but dont know him. My dad passed and did not know him.

  • Mike Laser

    Hi if my grandfather is a British Citizen but not by birth in the UK, can I still benefit from an ancestry visa? He has been British before my mother and myself were born.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Mike, unfortunately in order to be eligible to apply for the Ancestry Visa it would require that your grandfather was born in the UK.

      • Mike Laser

        OK… But he was born A Citizen of the UK and Colonies in a British Colony then moved to the UK mainland in the 1950’s then Became a British Citizen along with everyone else on 1st January 1983 when the BNA 1981 came into force..

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Mike, this would not be sufficient as we would be required to provide an unabridged British birth certificate in order for the visa to be issued.

  • Amber

    Hi there,
    I am Australian and am looking to apply for the Ancestry Visa in a couple of months ready to hopefully head over in Aug/Sept.
    I understand my husband can come over with me if I get this visa but what sort of visa does he apply for? I can’t seem to find an answer to that.
    He would have to be listed as “dependent” on me, wouldn’t he, even if he is not financially dependent upon me?
    Do I need to have my visa before he can apply for his? I was looking at the VAF2 form and it asks a lot about the “sponsor’s employment details” but what if I don’t have a job before he applies for his visa? Will that have a negative impact on his application?
    And finally, with my actual application, what exact supporting documents aside from my grandfather’s UK birth certificate, my mother’s birth certificate and my own personal documents do I need? The list was quite vague as it just says “you may need these…”
    Apologies for the shopping list of questions!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Amber, yes your husband would be added as a dependent to your visa, your applications can be submitted together and will be issued for the same time period. You will not require to have a job but will of course need to show an intention to work. If we were to assist you with your application it is at this stage that we would supply your full documentation checklist.

  • shevonne

    Hi There, my husband moved to Scotland (He is a british Citizen) his parents also lives there, his mother was born in England and his Grandmother was born in England. Will we be able to apply for Ancestry Visa.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shevonne, unfortunately you would need to have a British born grandparent in order to qualify for an Ancestry Visa and your husband’s British decent and citizenship would not make you eligible for this Visa.

  • Trev

    Hello. I’m from Zimbabwe. My grandfather was born in the UK. Do I qualify for a UK ancestry visa even though Zimbabwe is no longer a commonwealth country?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Trev,

      Yes you are eligible to apply for the UK Ancestry visa.

      1st Contact will be happy to assist you with full representation.

  • Scott Lovett

    Hi John. I am from Australia and got an ancestry visa in May 2009, renewed in May 2014, with my wife and children as dependants. We returned to Australia last November and my 18 y.o. son has decided to return to the UK to pursue ILR. He was a high school student there until we left for Australia. He arrived in Manchester last week and was told that his visa was not valid, so his BRP was taken from him. He is currently boarding with friends and unable to seek work as planned. With limited funds and being there now as a tourist, he will need to return to Australia in a couple of months.

    He is trying to find out the most appropriate (and fastest) route to achieving ILR. He is aware that he can achieve it with 10 years continuous residence (which would be in 2019) but the loss of his BRP makes that a lot harder. Are you able to advise on the options as they currently stand?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Scott,

      Unfortunately as he has been stamped in as a visitor, it will not be possible to gain indefinite leave to remain. Furthermore, the visit visa will not count towards 10 year long residency. So he will need to return to Australia and look into his visa options to return t the UK to live and work.

  • Katie

    Hi. I am soon to be applying for an ancestral visa for the UK. I have had two before (I am back in NZ now) and I was wondering, if I have had my biometrics done before for a previous visa- do I need to have them done again?
    Cheers, Katie

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Katie, yes your biometrics will need to be done once more as part of the visa application.

  • Mark, Clifford Stanton

    Hi John,
    I applied for my UK Ancestry Visa and was turned down. I had my mothers UK Birth certificate, my Grandfathers UK birth certificate, my Farther (Canadian) and mothers UK wedding certificate. I had a signed employment offer in the Chanell Islands. I had sufficient funds in my bank account.The officer did not believe that i was related to whom i stated on my application. I did not try to question or reapply at the time due to time frames and working situations. I wish to reapply for it, but considering the first judgement i want to ensure i have everything they are looking for.
    Can you advise in anyway.
    Cheers,
    Mark

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Mark,

      In order for 1st Contact to advise you accurately we would need to have sight of the refusal. This can be sent to: immigration@1stcontact.com

      1st Contact assist in full representation and would be able to advise on costs involved, and the services offered.

  • *8*

    Hi. I am 3.5 years through the Ancestry Visa. What should I be thinking to do before the end of the term. My wife and son both are UK citizens. I am Canadian. I want to remain in the UK permanently. Thanks for your advice.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      It is important to remain economically active throughout the 5 years, as well as to keep absences out of the UK down to a minimum.

  • maureen

    i just received my ancestry visa…took all of 4 business days. My question is…i want to apply for my three dependent children – however my husband does not wish to accompany us at this time. What do i do? I’ve read that he MUST accompany us from canada or we will be denied entry to the UK. Is this true?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Maureen,

      When applying for the family’s dependency visa’s, all should be applied for at the same time and the family should enter together. As should you apply for your children’s dependency visa’s and your husband’s only at a later stage, they may refuse your children’s applications.

  • jeremy james Bridger

    hi im from malaysia ,my great grandparents are born in London.do i qualify for the ancestry visa

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jeremy, unfortunately in order to be eligible to apply for the Ancestry Visa you would be required to have a British born grandparent and a great grandparent would be a generation too far.

      • jeremy james Bridger

        Hi thanks for the reply one more question ..my grandparents is not born in london but he holds a British passport he was in the british army before.and even my dad malaysian birth certificate written as his fathers race is british…any chance if they would considered. :)

        thanks & regards,

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Jeremy, unfortunately a British born birth certificate would be required and this would mean your grandparent would need to have been British born.

          • jeremy james Bridger

            Hi noted and thank you for fast respond.any chance if i can check in any web site or archive to confirm he was born in british.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Jeremy, you can do so using the following link http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

          • jeremy james Bridger

            Hi again,i just found out that my grandparents from my father side was born in shanghai so i believe im not eligible for the ancestry visa,
            but my my mother side which is my granduncle is born in the UK and now is staying in london, do i still eligible to apply for the visa.

            Thanks.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Jeremy, if your mother’s parent was born in the UK then you would be eligible, you would not be eligible through a British born uncle.

  • Miss Redfern

    Hi. I have been living and working in the UK for 3 years now on an Ancestral Visa. I would like to know how many days I can a spend out of the UK in a year without this impacting on my Indefinite Leave to Remain. Also I going abroad to South Africa and Australia for 6 weeks in total. Will this have a negative impact on the success of my Indefinite Leave to Remain when I apply in two years?

    Thank you kindly, any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
    Kirsten

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Miss Redfern,

      In order to become eligible for indefinite leave to remain, one should not spend more than 180 days out f the UK in each 12 month period.

  • maureen

    i’ve received my ancestry visa last week and now am applying for the family. Do i need to turn in my passports as part of the process? I am planning to go over to the uk to sign a lease in the next few weeks and return. Obviously i will need my passport.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Maureen,

      They will apply with a certified copy of your passport.

  • sharon lamport

    Hi John, I am in the process of applying for my ancestral visa. My Grandfather was born in England, my parents were born in South Africa and i was born in Rhodesia in 1962. I am a South African citizen now and have all my relevant documentation. However, my South African passport and ID say I was born in South Africa. I have my unabridged birth certificate which shows I was born in Rhodesia. Will this affect my application if my passport is showing I was born in South Africa? thanks in advance!!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon, the fact that your birth certificate is a Zimbabwean birth certificate and your South African ID states that you were born in South Africa will not have a negative impact in your application as the route of decent is more important then your Nationality.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon,

      I would advise for you to investigate if it is possible to get your birth certificate corrected. If not I would advise you write a covering letter explaining the error.

      • sharon lamport

        Hi John, I can’t get my birth certificate corrected because it is not incorrect. My problem is my SA ID and my passport say I was born in South Africa. I have all the correct documentation with regard to my birth in Rhodesia – original birth certificate, unabridged birth certificate and my old Rhodesian passport which all show I was born there. Home Affairs in South Africa issued me with my SA ID 30 years ago which they mistakenly put that I was born In South Africa. At the time I queried it they could not help me and said because I was now a South African citizen, it could not be changed. I have travelled many places in the world on this passport,have had no problem getting visas. Am just worried this will hamper my application for my ancestral visa.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Sharon, this should not have a negative effect on the application as your birth certificate will be required in the application and this information is more pertinent then your South African ID.

          • sharon lamport

            Thank you!!

  • Meagan

    Hi there. I am eligible for a UK Ancestry visa, however to reduce my costs for the moment I will be applying for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa from Australia to work in Edinburgh for 24 months. At the end of this period, can I then apply for my UK Ancestry visa and spend another 5 years in the UK?
    Thankyou in advance, Meagan

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Meagan, you would be able to apply for the ancestry visa one your Tier 5 visa has expired but in order to do so you would be required to return to Australia to do so.

      • Chelsea Chisholm

        Hi Maegan, I was able to apply for my ancestry visa in Amsterdam, though that was a few years ago, but worth checking as a a good alternative to flying all the way home.

      • Chelsea

        Hi Maegan, I was able to apply for my ancestry visa in Amsterdam, though that was a few years ago. Worth checking if this still works as a a good alternative to flying all the way home.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Chelsea,

          What visa status did you hold or do you still hold in Amsterdam?

  • sharon lamport

    Hi John, please respond if you got my message sent yesterday! Kind regards Sharon

  • Andrew Johnstone

    I’m from the USA, my father’s parents were both born in Scotland, do I qualify for this as a non-Commonwealth resident?
    I also have my grandfather’s war record in WWI in the Queen’s Highland’s Brigade but I don’t have his birth certificate, can that work?

  • Kevin Leonard Brooks

    Hi
    I’m born in Denmark in 1991. My British father wasn’t married to my Danish mother. Would it be possible for me to get British citizenship and a British passport?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kevin, because your parents were not married at the time of your birth your British Citizenship would need to be gained through a registration application. Our partner company at Philip Gamble would be able to give you the required guidance around this application. Please see the link below.

      https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

  • Steven

    Hi, the date listed on my letter for me to be able to pickup my BRP from the post office in London is a full week after the start of my visa/arrival date.

    Do I really have to wait that week in Limbo (I need that BRP to open bank accounts, try to arrange a place to live, etc…) or realistically can I go pick it up the day after I arrive?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Steven,

      You should collect your BRP card within the first 10 days of arriving in the UK.

  • Lachlan Lepper

    I have had an ancestory visa once before 6 years ago but was only able to use one year of it. Am I able to reapply fresh aN5FWSHgain? Am nz citizen and 34

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Lachlan, the fact that you have held the Ancestry Visa before will not negatively impact a new application and you would be able to apply once more.

  • Deep Matharu

    Hi John, I was born in Canada. My parents were married in the UK, and I have their marriage certificate. Will this allow me to apply for an Ancestry Visa? I’m a teacher and I’m seeking an opportunity to move and work in the UK. If my parents marriage certificate does qualify me for the Ancestry Visa, do you know what other supporting documents are needed as I was not 100% clear from the UK Ancestry Visa site (https://www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa/overview). I really appreciate your time and reply.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Deep, in order to be eligible for the UK Ancestry visa you would be required to supply evidence that you have a British born grandparent and your parents marriage would not have a baring on this.

  • chopstuey

    Hi. I am currently a dependent on my wife’s ancestral visa and we are living in the UK. Am I, as a dependent, allowed to study? Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will be able to study in the UK on a Ancestry dependency visa.

  • sharon lamport

    Hi John, can you please confirm if I definetely need a SA police clearance for my uk ancestral visa application??

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon, this will be a requirement if you have a prior criminal offence and if not then it is not a necessity.

  • Gina Coetzee

    I was born in 1987. My grandfather was born in UK. My mother was born in Northern Rhodesia in 1957[British Protectorate and was registered as a British Citizen. ] I was refused a British passport because they said my mother acquired her citizenship through descent and cant pass it on to me as I was born after 1983. Surely if she was born under a British protectorate /Colony she is automatically a British citizen by birth and not through descent from her father? My brother has a British Passport [born in 1981] They both live in the UK but I am having difficulty getting there. Is my only recourse an Ancestral Visa.? I dont really want to be obliged to stay permanently but would need to work? What can you suggest?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Gina,

      Based on the information provided the Ancestry visa would be the avenue in which you would follow. Unfortunately you do not have a direct claim to citizenship.

  • Wesley Mc Aslin

    Hi John, my mom’s grandparents were born in the United Kingdom, would I qualify for an ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Wesley, unfortunately in order to be eligible for the ancestry visa you would be required to have a British born grandparent and a great grandparent would be a generation too far.

      • Wesley Mc Aslin

        Hi just a hypothetical question then if my mother was to get an ancestral visa from her grandparents could that be passed down to me?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Wesley, this could not then be passed on to you and in order to be added as a dependent to this visa you would need to be under the age of 18.

  • Ankur Parekh

    Hello 1st Contact,

    I am bit confused if i can apply for British Ancestry Visa or not. My Grandparents Were Born in 1922 and 1925 respectively in India (Before Independence From UK) and My Father Born in 1943 in India as well which is also before Independence and i am an Indian Citizen. So i would like to know that whether i am eligible to apply for Ancestry Visa or not ?

    Looking forward to hear from you at earliest.

    Thanks In Advance

    Ankur

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ankur, unfortunately this would not make you eligible for the Ancestry visa as in order to be eligible your grandparents would need to have been born in the UK.

  • sharon lamport

    Hi John, sorry me again!! I have tried to go online to do my visa application via UK.GOV but it is asking me to register first. when I try to register it won’t allow me because it says my password is wrong. I have not changed any password and now I can’t carry on with application. Please advise!!!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon, in this case I would suggest that you create a new profile as we have heard of this being an issue with previous clients.

  • HadleyKirsten Sampson

    Hi I am South African my mother’s father was born in England but the last time we had seen him was in 1998. Since then we haven’t been able to track him down, I would like to apply for an ancestral visa but don’t know how to go about having one done can you please advise me on what I could do.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Hadley,
      Please could you forward your email address and one of our consultants will be in touch.

  • Garth Watson

    My wife’s father was born in the UK, we have holidayed in the UK annually since 2011 (6 months in total) and now wish to spend up to 50% retirement there in 10 yrs time. Could I get some sort of Visa through my wife’s connections so we can buy a property now, to rent now for retirement later?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Garth,
      Your wife may apply for an Ancestry visa, you will need to be in the UK in order to buy property, however you may have some difficulties in applying for a mortgage as you don’t hold permanent residency in the UK. Unfortunately there is not a specific visa that will allow you to buy property.

      • Garth Watson

        Thanks for that. I do know of situations where property can be bought through brokers with special rules (mostly credit unions and > 100,000 pound loan with higher deposit) so that’s OK, but if my wife was to obtain a dual citizenship/dual passport I would think property ownership possibilities would open up more since she would not be considered a foreign national. Its just a thought

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Should your wife become British, then obtaining mortgages is possible.

          • Garth Watson

            OK thank-you again

  • Cherie Shields

    My husband’s maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather were both born in England. We are both US citizens. He is retirement age, 65, and I’m 49. We’ve been married for 25 years. I am a licenced English teacher in the US but want to work as a teacher in the UK. Can we apply for an ancestry visa if only I intend to work?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Cherie,

      Unfortunately US citizens do not qualify for the UK Ancestry visa, based on the fact that the US is not part of the Common Wealth.

      You would need to look into the Tie 2 work sponsored visa.

      • Cherie Shields

        Oh, thanks for the info.

  • rkissack

    Hello, my grandfather was born on the Isle of Man, but immigrated to the United States when he was a young man. He married an American woman and my father was later born in Cleveland, Ohio. My father later moved to Denver, Colorado where I was born. Would I be eligible for an ancestral visa? Why can only Commonwealth citizens apply? What do I need to do in order to get a visa to work and live in the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi there,

      Based on your birth in Denver, Colorado unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for the UK Ancestry visa. As the UKVI have set out the regulations and in order to meet all the regulations you are required to be a Commonwealth citizen.

      • rkissack

        What if I was to become a citizen of a Commonwealth nation later in life, then would I be eligible for an ancestral visa for the UK? What visa should I apply for if I remain a US citizen?

        • Jen

          You’d have better luck just applying for a regular work visa. Trying to become a citizen of another commonwealth country takes years and years if they even let you in to begin the process.

          ——– Original message ——–

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          You could look into the Tier 2 work sponsored visa,
          https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general

  • kalu davies

    Hi, I am eligible for an ancestry visa and i was wondering how many you are allowed? That is, if after 5 years, I am no longer living or working in the UK, is it possible to apply for another one down the track?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kalu,
      You may apply for the ancestry visa multiple times

  • http://www.chontellelouise.blogspot.com.au/ Chontelle Louise

    Hi, my great grandmother was born in England, my grandmother and mother were born in South Africa and I was born in Australia. I want to get a work visa through ancestry to the UK – How can I get this going? Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Chontelle,
      You will need to have a UK born grandparent in order to apply for the Ancestry visa.

      • Wayne Goulding

        Good day 1st ontact,

        Would it be possible to contact me as soon as possible, as I need clarification on some information.
        Kind regards.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Wayne,

          How can I help

  • Ben

    Hi, I am just wondering how long the ancestry visa usually takes to be processed? Reason being is i am leaving my country of residence (Australia) in 7 weeks and i understand you need to be in your country of origin to apply for it.

    If anyone could let me know that would be much appreciated.

    thanks :)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ben,

      From the date of final submission the application may take roughly 10-15 working days to issue.

  • Joanne Andrews

    Hi, my husbands father was born in 1909 in South Africa while still under British Royal Crown. This was before South Africa became a Union and before becoming a Republic. Can my husband claim British decent or British ancestory visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Joanne, this fact what unfortunately not entitle your husband to a direct British Citizenship application and in order to be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa he would need to have a British born grandparent.

  • Nat

    Hello, we are looking at applying for a ancestry visa for my Australian

    wife ( her gf is British born ) also I am British citizen. Are there any financial requirements like the spouse visa has ?? also how soon could citizenship be applied for.

    Thanks very much
    Nat

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nat,

      There are no financial requirements, however one needs to show intention to work in the UK. Indefinite leave to remain may be applied for after 5 years in the UK, and citizenship a year thereafter.

      • Nat

        Thanks for the rapid response,also how quickly can they be granted and once granted time line for activation.

        Thanks again for your fast,clear advice.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Nat,

          Current processing times are roughly 15-20 working days from date of final submission.
          The Visa is issued for 30 days, and one is required to enter the UK within those 30 days. You will then collect your Biometric Residence permit within first 10 days of arriving in the UK. This takes the place of a visa and is valid for the full term ie. 5 years if Ancestry.

  • Sheryn Jones

    HI, typically when applying for an Ancestral Visa, what documents should one submit? Thanx in advance

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sheryn,
      The full document checklist is sent out as part of 1st Contact’s full representation service, If you would like 1st Contact to assist you with your application, please feel free to email immigration@1stcontact.com

  • http://www.birdseyemetrics.com BirdsEye

    Does it only apply to birth, and not to a grandparent born in South Africa at the time of the empire, moved to London as a kid, and who grew up, naturalised, voted, worked and got married in the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, yes in order to be eligible for the UK ancestry visa it would require that your grandparent was born in the UK.

  • dennis rhodes

    Hi. My grandfather was born in the UK , I have his birth certificate but do not have his marriage certificate, Would this prevent obtaining an ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Dennis, due to the fact that both parents are usually listed on the unabridged birth certificate the marriage certificate would not be a requirement.

  • Andrea

    Hi. I am currently in the UK on an ancestry visa, with my daughter (UK ancestry dependent visa.) I have been getting conflicting information from the home office. I was told that she did *not* require a separate application or a Life in the UK test as she was under the age of 18 when we entered the UK. (She has subsequently turned 18 here.) But my application was on put on hold and I was told she had to apply separately. Once again, HO told me that it was a mistake and to send it back. Returned again. This time I got someone who clearly just started who ‘read the form’ and told me she would have to apply.
    My daughter is fully dependent and would not qualify on her own.
    Can you please give me a definitive answer?
    Thanks,
    A.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Andrea, based on the fact that you daughter is now over the age of 18 she would be required to complete the Life in the UK Test prior to applying for her ILR.

      • Andrea

        Thanks. Would she be totally evaluated on her own merit or would she still qualify as a dependent?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Andrea, she would still be assessed as a dependent on your visa.

          • Andrea

            Thank goodness! lol
            I don’t think she is quite ready to get shipped back home on her own. :)
            Many thanks for your help.

  • Nat

    Hi there,

    Is there an age limit on the ancestry visa and is only 1 British grandparent ok.

    Regards.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nat, having only 1 British born grandparent would certainly make you eligible for the ancestry visa and there is no age limit on this visa.

  • Patrice Susan Gordon

    Good day, advice pls, My kids are in South Africa ,and my daughter is trying get her documents together..she a BLA paramedic…She has every ting now needed…And has the right to become a uk citizen,as I’m British but father South African. We been try get the vault copy of my Marrage certificate. It’s been over a year now, and the sa Pretoria has ither lost it , or what ever?? Who knows. My eldest son got a vault copy three years ago..Now the person or people my daughter dealing with ,is saying it’s been pick up. Lol, yup three years before. My. Daughter has payed..and they not answer her or myself. Most frustrating. As it holding my daughter up. Going to uk. She has every thing in order, except the Marrage certificate? What can we do? It took my son a year to get his… And he needs his. What can we do please help. I heard that South Africa, has lost, lots o f he original certificates? I’m in USA. And really want my daughter out of SA….it not safe for her..very worried!
    Best Patrice Toon

  • Rakib Hasan

    Hi, What is the definition of UK? Does it include all colonies of British empire? Am I eligible if grandparent was born in any British colony outside present UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rakib, British is regarded as born within the United Kingdom and a grandparent born in a British colony would not suffice for the ancestry visa application.

  • sharon lamport

    Hi there, does ones bank accounts need to be fully cleared when submitting last three months bank statements and payslips e.g. Overdraft facilities and debit orders? If not, would they just need to see an account with R 35 000 in a positive balance in another account. I am in the process of applying for my ancestral visa, have all the correct documentation and am in the process of selling my car to put in my bank account. I already have a job offer in the UK and I am wondering if my account needs to be completely cleared of all debt or can I arrange a debit order from the UK to send money back monthly to cover any existing funds? Please advise me!! Thank you!! I am from South Africa.
    Kind regards Sharon

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon, the required maintenance funds will need to be held in an accessible bank account reflecting a positive amount of between R25 000 – R35 000. An amount accessible through an overdraft facility would not suffice.

  • Lauren Weston

    Hello, my grandfather was born in Switzerland could this help me at all with an EU or UK ancestry visa?
    Many thanks,
    Lauren

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Lauren,

      One is eligible for the UK Ancestry visa, based on having a UK born grandparent. Unfortunately Switzerland does not make one eligible for the Ancestry visa.

  • wayne

    Hi there. I have all the necessary documents needed to apply for the ancestral visa. But on the uk.gov site it states that a flight must be booked in advance? Or maybe I dont understand? Doesnt make sense to book and pay and then get turned down on the application. And do they need to see the required funds in my account for atleast 3 months before applying? The funds will be sponsored. Thanks you

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Wayne, you do not have to have a flight booked for this application. If the funds are being sponsored to you then you will need to include a letter of sponsorship to show this is the case.

      • wayne

        Thank you for the speedy reply. Much appreciated. A letter of sponsorship? Downloaded from the uk.gov site? Or a typed letter from the the sponsor stating the amount and its use? Thank you

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Wayne, the letter will need to be drafted by the sponsor themselves listing the amount sponsored as well as proof of this transfer using bank statements.

  • Terri

    Hi there, my girlfriend is Australian and successfully applied for a UK ancestry visa in May 2014. She used this visa to work and live in the UK before returning to Australia in October 2015. I am a UK national living in Melbourne and would like to return to the UK. My girlfriend would like to return with me. My question to you is, seeing as she has been outside of the UK for about 8 months now, will she need to pay any additional fees to use her ancestry visa? Any advice/info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Terri,

      Your girlfriends Ancestry visa should still be valid for a few more years, therefore she will be able to enter back in the UK on this visa without paying any fee’s.

  • Lauren Weston

    Ok thanks – what about for an eu passport?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      1st Contact do not deal with European passport applications unfortunately.

  • Lauren Weston

    I meant to say eu ancestory visa

  • Stephanie Rogers

    Hello,
    I am living in the UK on Ancestry Visa. I received my visa in April 2012 which means it expires in April 2017. I have lived in the UK since June 2012. At expiry of my visa I will have been residing in the UK for 4 years and 10months. To apply for ILR it states that you must have lived in the UK for 5 years. I don’t want to apply to renew my visa at a large cost to only have to pay another large some to apply for ILR only 2 months later. Is there a way around this?
    Thanks for your help,

    Stephanie

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Stephanie,

      As you entered the UK within 90 days of your visa being issued, this will be viewed as continuous residency. You will therefore be eligible roughly 28 days prior to your current visa expiring.

  • pam

    My gran was born in Cumberland 21 Jan 1908 and I can get het Birth Certificate. But then she moved to Ceylon where she met and married my grandfather i
    On 3 Feb 1934. Now after much research I have found it that it is virtually impossible to a copy of their marriage certificate which is still held in Columbo Ceylon now Sri Lanka. What can I do to getcan Ancestral Visa without their Marriage Certificate???

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Pam, you may not require this marriage certificate as long as both parents were listed on your parents unabridged birth certificate.

  • Erma

    US citizen looking at retirement soon and can afford to live without working (but might do some part time at some point). Grandmother was English and moved to Canada then US with her 2 sisters. I’m would like to travel with England as home base. What might my chances be, and would an Ancestry Visa be better than indefinite leave?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Erma,
      It is only possible to apply for Indefinite leave to remain once you have been living and working in the UK for 5 years. It will not be possible for you to apply for an Ancestry visa as the US is not part of the commonwealth

      • Erma

        Ah – thank you so much for your quick response. I’ll just have to work around retiree access then. :)

  • Laura Kate

    Hi there,

    I am currently on a tier 5 visa working in the UK. When this come to an end I am going to go back to Australia and apply for the ancestry visa.
    When I go back how long will it take to submit the application? Do I have to go for an interview?
    When I submitted the Tier 5 one I fast tracked it, but can’t see an option for this?
    Any help would be much appreciated!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Laura,

      The application will take around 2 – 3 weeks. You will need to submit the visa in person and you may fast track the application.

  • Peacehombre

    Hi, I am South African, my paternal grandfather was born in London. I intend to apply for Ancestral visa and to work then eventually settle in the UK. My wife and children are all UK citizens. My work requires that I travel quite extensively internationally. Do I need to remain a specific time in the UK within the 5 year residency to be able to apply for ILR and eventual citizenship?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, in order to be eligible for ILR at the end of the 5 year period you must not exceed 180 days outside of the UK in each individual 12 month period over the 5 years.

  • Emily

    Hey, I’m looking to move to England early next year on the ancestry visa. Is it possible to remain in Europe for longer than the 90/180 days if I have a UK ancestors visa? I’m hoping to live in Germany for a short time if this is possible.
    Thanks!

    • Jason Rush

      Unfortunately you will not be allowed into Germany on a UK ancestral visa , you will need a separate visa to enter any other European country and will not have the right to work . Hope that answers your question

      • Emily

        Does this mean I’m not even able to visit for the 90 days out of 180? If i stayed the 6yrs and receive my British passport, would that allow me to work in EU?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Emily, if you were to gain your British Passport then this would give you the ability to work and reside in the EU.

        • Jason Rush

          After you gain your British citizenship you’ll be entitled to live and work anywhere in the EU. However there is an upcoming referendum on whether or not Britain will remain in the EU. If they decide to leave then this will further complicate things. But as it stands the simple answer is yes .

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Emily, unfortunately the ancestry visa would not give you the ability to settle in the EU and it is specific to the UK.

  • Amber

    Hi guys,
    I know with the Tier 5 visa you must use it within 3 months of receiving it. Does the same thing apply for the Ancestry Visa? We have booked our flights and are just trying to figure out the best time to actually apply for the visa. What would you advise?
    Thank you!

    • Jason Rush

      I got my visa in 2011 and only used it in 2013 so I think you should be alright. But the rules might have changed since then so I’d double check it anyway.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Amber, you will be required to enter the UK and activate the visa within 30 days of your ancestry visa becoming valid.

  • T’50

    Hi I am a South African citizen 54 single healthy and working, born in Rhodesia to Rhodesian born father and south african mother, my grandparents where born in rhodesia and south africa so direct grand parents link to UK does not exist.

    My Daughter her husband and my 3 grandchildren are British Citizens. My Brother, his wife and their 2 children live in UK and are about to become Citizens. My Blind sister and her 2 children are British Citizens in essense 80% of my family live in 1 little town in Scotland and I am here wishing to be there. To healthy and to young to be considered as a “parent in need” I am a grand mother in need of my grand children please help

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, this is not an application that 1st Contact can assist with unfortunately. I would suggest you get in touch with an immigration solicitor and you can try Peter Lock – http://www.peterlockandcompany.com/

  • Jason Rush

    I need to renew my UK ancestral visa but the government website is unclear on exactly which supporting documents I need to supply , can anybody advise?

  • Justine Lindsay

    Hi , my ancestry visa expires in august 2017, i left the uk in may 2014, i would like to return, is this possible for me to return on my current ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Justine, based on the fact that your visa will only be expiring next year August you would certainly have the ability to reenter on this visa.

  • Jason Hughes

    Hi, I’m eligible for the ancestry visa but am finding it difficult to find my grandfathers birth certificate. The link in the article isn’t working for me. How can I contact you guys for a hand?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jason,

      The following website is where you will order his birth certificate;
      http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

  • Beatrice Eagling

    Hi, I would like to apply for an ancestry visa and I have got most of the necessary documents for the application. The only part that is missing is the financial statements indicating that I can support myself. I have just finished studying at University and I do not have a job yet, so my bank account is rather low. My sister is currently in the UK on an ancestry visa and is fully employed, she will be generously paying for my trip and I will be staying with her when I arrive. Can I include her bank statements in my application with a letter from her confirming that she will support me? Would it be better if I ask her to send the minimum amount to my bank account and leave it in there for three months? Thank you for your assistance!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Beatrice,
      Your sister will need to deposit funds into your account and provide a letter stating that she is gifting this money to you

      • Beatrice Eagling

        Thank you so much for your quick response! Can I apply as soon as I receive the money or do I still need to have the money in my account for three months?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          As long as you have the letter from your sister, you may apply as soon as you have the money.

          • Beatrice Eagling

            Sorry to be pedantic but I have one last question! Do I also need to include my sister’s bank statements in the application, showing that she has had the funds for 90 days?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            You will need to show where the money has come from.

  • Brent Bowie

    Hello,
    I was looking at applying for the ancestry visa as my mother is a british citizen born in the UK, adopted. When applying do I just need original copies of her adoption papers and my original birth certificate?

    Secondly,
    I am studying in the UK for a year but would rather get the 5 year visa so I can return and work aswell as work part time during my studies. I saw someone else say they were denied and told to apply for a tier 4. Will I get the same outcome?
    Brent (Australia)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Brent,

      The UK Ancestry visa is granted on having a UK born grandparent, please confirm if your mum was adopted or if you were adopted? As should your mum have been born in the UK you may have claim to citizenship in the UK.

      • Brent Bowie

        My mum was adopted in the UK and is a british citizen. Her adoptive parents are british and live in Australia. Her biological parents are british citizens aswell.

        From what I’ve read because I was born in 1989, in Australia I am unable to get dual citizenship

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Brent,

          There may still be an opportunity for citizenship, however I will advise that you get in touch with our partner firm Philip Gamble and Partners, they would be able to advise further.

          Their web address is; https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

          • Brent Bowie

            Thanks I will email them soon.
            But touching on what I asked before.
            I am studying in the UK for a year and wanted to get the ancestry visa.
            I have the money in the bank but have only been working for the past 3 months (before that I was just studying fulltime) my last fulltime job ended July last year.

            Would I get denied? And if I apply should I not even mention studying in the UK?
            I think I signed up to your assessment thing yesterday

            Brent

  • matthewjsa

    Hi,
    If I have a job offer is it still nessisary to have those funds in my account 3 months prior to application ?
    Thanks,
    Matthew

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Matthew

      The maintenance funds are still required.

      • matthewjsa

        Hi,
        Okay.
        But does it have to be in a cheque/savings account – or can it be available equity in a property ?

        Thanks,

        Matthew

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Matthew,

          The funds would need to be held in a cash savings or cheque account, they need to be completely accessible at all times. Unfortunately equity in a property will not suffice.

  • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

    Hi Jason, are you needing any visa or Nationality assistance?

  • Bruce Skjolde

    Can i renew my ancestry Visa if I am not currently living in the uk?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bruce,
      Yes, you will be required to apply for a new visa.

      • Bruce Skjolde

        Will I need to do the whole process all over again? My visa only expires end of August

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Yes you will need to do the process again.

  • Heather

    I have an ancestry visa that is going to expire in August. I haven’t been living in the UK for 2 years but potentially want to go back in the future. Am I able to apply for another ancestry visa at a later date?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Heather,
      Yes you may apply for a new visa at a later date.

  • Kevin Haynes

    Hi I am currently living and working in the UK on an ancestral Visa. At the end of this year my wife and family will be joining me and they all have British Passports. How do I move forward with getting Indefinite leave to remain and finally citizenship.

  • Melissa Ballou

    Hi,
    My grandmother was born in the UK but I’m a US citizen. Do I qualify for an ancestral Visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Melissa,
      The US is not part of the commonwealth so you are not able to apply unfortunately.

      • Melissa Ballou

        Thanks

        • DavidNZL

          Melissa, it might pay to see if you have an Irish-born grandparent (nth or Sth) or maybe some eligibility for Canadian citizenship. Both of these will get you into the UK through residency or ancestry visa.

  • Haley McDougall

    Hi there,

    My partner and I are both Australian Citizens currently living in the UK on tier 5 youth mobility visas. These visas expire September 2017.
    My partner is eligible for an ancestry visa, however I am not. We have read that he is able to bring a partner on his visa.
    My questions are, if we are not married, but have been living together for more than 2 years, would I be eligible to apply with him as his partner? Also would we have to go back to Australia to apply or could we apply from a neighbouring european country? When is the earliest that we could apply – do we need to wait for our current visas to expire or can we tee up the application to allow us to start the ancestry visa once the tier 5 has expired?

    Thank you!
    Haley :)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Haley,
      You will need to apply for the Ancestry visa from Australia and you will need to show that you have been living together for a minimum of 24 months in order for you apply as a dependant. You can apply for the visa at any stage.

      • Haley McDougall

        Must we apply from Australia or could we apply from a neighbouring European country?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          You are required to apply form Australia

  • Nick Donaghy

    Will Brexit have a affect on South Africans wishing to apply for an Ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nick,
      there is no indication of how this will effect immigration

  • Tony Godfrey

    My grandmother was born and raised in England, but moved to the States after WW2. Is there an ancestral visa available to U.S. citizens?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Tony,
      The ancestry visa is not available to US Citizens unfortunately.

  • Amanda Kerr

    Hi. My grandmother was a British citizen who was in the British navy, had a British passport etc, but she was born overseas to British parents in a British territory in 1920 (British East Africa, now known as Uganda) and moved back to the UK when she was 5 years old. She then emigrated to Australia in her mid-20s after WW2. Is there any chance I could qualify for an Ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Amanda,
      in order to apply for an Ancestry visa, your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK or channel islands.

  • Elena Maria Adler

    Hi, my grandmother was born in NZ of British parents (her siblings were born in the UK). I believe she had both a NZ and British passport. Can I qualify for an ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Elana,
      In order to qualify, you would need to show that your grandparent was born in the UK.

  • Rebecca Ellen

    My partner and i have ancestrial visas but my partners child cannot get one as i am the main applicant and she is not my child. Any options to get around this one

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rebecca, the only option around this would be in the case that your partner was to gain sole responsibility of his biological child.

  • Ben Leggo

    Hi, my grandmother was born in NZ and emigrated to Australia but her parents (my great grandparents) were born in England. Can I qualify for ancestry visa or does my grandparents have to be English as well? Thanks, Ben

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ben,
      Only a UK born grandparent will make you eligible

  • Kristina Partsinevelos

    Hi
    Much like Brent’s question, I too would like to apply for a UK Ancestry visa but I plan to study for 12 months at the University of Oxford and then in yr 2-5 I would then like to work in the UK. I’m a Canadian with possession of my grandmother’s UK birth certificate. Will I get rejected if they know that I’m going to be a student in not to work.
    Will I get rejected? Also, to even set up an appointment I have to pay 1520 USD. WIll that be reimbursed without penalty should I be rejected?
    Looking forward to your response.
    Thank you
    Kristina

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kristina,
      The Ancestry visa is a working visa, so you will need to show that you are going to work in the UK, the high commission may turn down your application and suggest you apply for a Student visa, even though you are entitled to study in the UK. You will need to submit your application correctly to ensure it is not refused. You will not be reimbursed the fee unfortunately.

      • Kristina Partsinevelos

        Thank you for the quick response. If I apply for the Student visa, would I be able to apply for the Ancestry visa once I’m done school or is that not possible? Thanks again!

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Kristina, please could you forward your email address.

          • Kristina Partsinevelos

            I’d rather not put it on this forum. How do I email you directly? Thanks

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact
  • DavidNZL

    Whats the story if I want to apply for an ancestry visa but I have no intention of working, i.e. I live off other income instead?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi David, you would have the ability to have the visa issued but if you do not work within the UK on this visa it would then have a negative impact on your ability to gain ILR at the end of the 5 years.

      • DavidNZL

        Thanks 1st contact. As an aside, both my parents are UK citizens, but neither were born on UK soil, so I don’t know if that gives me a faster track to citizenship or permanent residency?

        I suppose for the ancestry visa work requirements I could start a company and pay myself a salary in the UK. Even though I am retired, I still have to manage my affairs, so I could employ myself to do this. Income tax on my income is probably lower than the tax rate on profits in any case. Would this be a legitimate way to go about meeting the work requirement?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi David, this would not lead to a shorter route of Citizenship or ILR unfortunately.

          The setting up of the mentioned company would certainly suffice in meeting the work requirement.

          • DavidNZL

            Have you come across any people who just live long-term in the UK on 5-year ancestry visa renewals? I’d have thought that at some point i’d become eligible for ILR or citizenship, say after 20 years?

            Because of how much travel I do i’d far exceed the 90 day absence limit per annum, which I have to abide by to qualify for ILR down the road. ILR qualifying conditions could just become cumbersome for me. Is there any obvious reason why I can’t just live in the UK on ancestry visas?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi, we do get many extension applications but in order to be eligible for ILR some form of employment is required in the 5 years prior to applying.

            There is no ral reason you cannot live in the UK over an extended period of time on your ancestry visa.

          • DavidNZL

            Thanks for this excellent info 1st contact. I am sure my circumstances must apply to some extent or another to many of your other readers also.

            My mother’s father (deceased) was born to English parents in NZ and he grew up in the UK as a child, but never felt the need to apply for UK citizenship. Back then (1910s) a NZ birth & citizenship was as legally valid as a British birth & citizenship to be counted as British. In fact I think NZers were all UK citizens back then.

            My mother lived in the UK in the early 2000s. She wasn’t eligible for her British citizenship (through her mum) until 2009. As such my mother lived in the UK in the 2000s under either an ancestry or work visa, not as a citizen.

            How long does she have to have spent in the UK in order to naturalise her UK citizenship by descent? To complicate things – she didn’t hold her citizenship by descent until after the anti-sex discrimination provisions of the 2009 changes finally entitled her to from her mother.

            Perhaps her current citizenship can be naturalised by her previous residency – in which case i’d be eligible for citizenship by descent?

  • Angelique Breedt

    Good day, I am a South African citizen but my grandfather was born in Paisley, Scotland and grandmother was born in England. My daughter would like to study in the UK in the next 18 months or so. I have read that ancestral visas only extend to 2 generations, is this correct? Or would I be able to apply for my children?
    Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Angelique,
      The Ancestry visa only extends for 2 generators you are correct. Your daughter would need to look into the Tier 4 Student visa

  • Eckhardt Eckmanorp Potgieter

    Hi I have an important question. My Fiancé has gone over to the UK on an Ancestral Visa recently, how many days during the 5 year period is she allowed out of the country ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Eckhardt, in order to be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain at the end of the five years on her ancestry visa she must not exceed more then 180 days outside of the UK in each individual 12 months over the 5 years.

  • PenCanada

    I am researching the Ancestry visa for my Canadian son, who is eligible to apply, as my mother was born in England. I have ordered her birth certificate so it will be available should he decide to apply. Is it necessary to submit original documentation (birth and marriage certificates), or will copies suffice?

    Currently my son, a scientist, is working on a three-year contract in Norway. His research team includes another scientist working in London, so my son has come there often as part of his job, and would like to find employment in England. His contract and visa to work in Norway will expire in November. Currently he is looking for possibilities, but has no prospects as of yet.

    I’m wondering about the logistics of a Canadian working in Norway while applying for the Ancestry Visa. Can it be done from Norway, or does he have to return to Canada and apply from Canada? If so, for what length of time must he reside in Canada in order to apply? Supposing he finds employment in the UK with a start date of the beginning of January? Could he spend 2 months in Canada, and have the visa by early January? Does he need to have a UK address for the visa application?

    Finally, I know bank statements need to be provided to show the ability for self-support, and I think it’s for 3 months. Could he provide records from a Norwegian bank, or should he just transfer sufficient funds to meet the requirement into a Canadian account three months prior to when he plans to send in his application?

    Thanks for your help.

    • PenCanada

      Can anyone out there help with this query?

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi PenCanada,

        Apologies for the delay in response.

        Only original certificates are accepted, unfortunately one cannot supply copies.
        As your son holds a working visa for Norway, he will be able to submit the application from Norway.

        I can also confirm that the funds in his Norwegian account will be accepted.

        • PenCanada

          So, is it acceptable for him to submit his application in say, September, from Norway, as long as he has all the necessary documents (originals sent to him from Canada) and his Canadian passport (which I guess will contain his Norwegian work visa)? I assume he would have to go to the Visa Application Centre in Oslo to submit the application documents and get the biometrics done. Is it three months from the application date that he could travel to the UK and work on the Ancestry Visa? While waiting for the Ancestry Visa (i.e. during the 3 months following application), could he still travel to London occasionally as he has been doing? And could he return to Canada for a month during this 3-month period, before travelling to the UK to look for work in the new year? I appreciate you answering my questions.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi PenCanada, yes that will be acceptable. From the date of final submission the application may take roughly 15 days to issue, he will then be required to enter the UK within the first 30 days of the visa start date.
            No travel will be permitted whilst his application is in process.

  • Casey Taelyn

    Noooo! I have great grandparents born in England so i miss out by a generation :'( are there any other options apart from the working holiday visa as I’ve already used it up.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Casey,

      You may always look into the Tier 2 visa, whereby and employer offers you sponsorship to live and work in the UK.

  • Natalie Briggs

    Hello, i am a UK citizen living in Australia. I want to move back to the UK with my Australian Husband. His grandmother was born in Scotland so he would be eligable for an Ancestry Visa, but was wondering if there are other Visas he would be able to apply under as he is married to me a UK Citizen? Partner visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Natalie,

      Your husband would be able to apply for the UK spousal visa, however as he has UK born grandparents, we would advise the UK Ancestry visa to be the better route. The Ancestry visa is the cheaper option and issued for the full 5 year period, whereas the UK Spousal visa requires an extension after 2.5 years.

  • ANDRE

    Hi John My Wife and I have been in the UK for 9 years and 7 months on ANCESTRY visa’s. We will be applying for Indefinite leave to remain. What would my situation be if we were no longer together once we get ILR.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Andre, once you are granted your ILR this is held in a individual capacity and they fact that you were not together any longer would not have an impact.

  • Snehal Patel

    Hi, I was born in Eat Africa, and my parents were overseas citizen, I have a dual citizenship, can my children who are over 25 years of age qualify for ancestry visa

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Snehal, in order for your children to be eligible for the ancestry visa their grandparents would need to have been born in the UK.

  • Catherine Dawn Campion

    Hello! I am a New Zealand resident currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa which expires in January 2017 (however the end of my course is September 2016). I wish to apply for a ancestry visa so that I am able to stay here and work (my grandmother was born in the UK), am I still able to apply for this even though my Tier 4 has not expired yet? Would I have to go back to New Zealand in order to apply for it, or can I do it from within the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Catherine,
      You may sappy for the Ancestry visa at any stage as it would supersede your Tier 4 visa. You are required to make the application for an Ancestry visa from New Zealand.

  • Paul Deighton MacIntyre

    My mother is a british citizen with a british birth certificate. Do I still need my grandparent’s birth certificate to prove my ancestry if I have my mother’s?

    • Paul Deighton MacIntyre

      Thanks in advance!

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi Paul, yes in this application you would still require the birth certificate of your grandparent.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Paul,

      Are you wanting to apply for citizenship, or a UK Ancestry visa?

  • Paula

    Hi John I was wondering about the possibility of getting an ancestry visa if one’s grandfather was born in Rhodesia 1919? Bothy parents were also born in Rhodesia 1942&1943. I am born in ZA and am a ZA citizen. I have heard this is possible but would value your opinion.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Paula, unfortunately in order to be eligible for the Ancestry Visa your grandparent would need to have been born in the UK and a grandparent born in Rhodesia would not suffice.

  • StewartR3

    Hi. I am from CT, South Africa and my grandparents were born in the UK as well as my father. I currently essentially function a freelancer. Could I move to the UK with my family and still continue to function this way – paying taxes to the UK gov from my earnings, or do I have to get a job to earn citizenship/stay longer?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Stewart,
      you may do freelancing in the UK and qualify for citizenship after 5 years

      • StewartR3

        Are there any complications/delays in bringing my wife and child across with me right away once I have the ancestral?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          They will need to have dependant visas in order to travel with you. You will need to do all applications at the same time.

  • michelle

    hi, my boyfriend is from South Africa and eligible for an ancestral visa as both his grandparents were born in the uk, when applying for the ancestral visa how do you prove that you are actively seeking a job if he hasn’t got job offer?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Michelle, you can do so by linking up with perspective employers and UK work agencies and show proof of this connection and CV registration.

  • Dawn swannack

    Hi I am living in Zimbabwe. I can get a ancestry visa. How would I go about getting my kids and husband visa’s they don’t have any gran parents born in the uk. My daughters grate gran parents where born there. Thankyou

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Dawn, you would have the ability to add your husband as a dependent to your ancestry visa and if your children are under the age of 18 the same would apply to them.

      • Dawn swannack

        Ok thankyou and how would I go about applying. Would we have to have jobs lined up befor we applied?

  • Juan

    When I was young (11) my parent took me to the UK as a dependant on their UK Ancestry Visa. Will this impact on my ability to apply for a YMS visa now as an adult?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Juan, the fact that your previously held a dependent visa will not have an impact on your YMS visa application.

  • Tracey

    Hi, I’m Canadian married to a British citizen, also my grandfather was born in the UK. I am a currently a nurse, but do not really want to work in the UK continuously for 5 years as we are thinking of starting a family. my question is twofold; firstly, should I apply for a spousal or an ancestry visa? secondly, is working minimal hours at say a grocery store sufficient for the ancestry visa, or do you have to work in your profession (ie nursing)? thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Tracey,

      As you are not wanting to work full time in the UK, I would advise you apply for the UK Spousal visa.
      However there is not set requirement as to how many hours or the minimum wage to be earned on the Ancestry visa, provided you paying taxes there should be no problem.

      One thing to bare in mind is the extra expense of going the Spousal visa route.

      • Tracey

        Thanks for the quick response, it’s much appreciated. Just one more thing; if, at the end of 5 years, I am not eligible to renew an ancestry visa due to not working consistently enough, am I still able to apply for the spousal visa through my husband? It’s just that the cost of the spousal is so much more and takes a lot longer.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Tracey,

          Under the current rules you would be able to switch to the UK Spousal visa.

          • Tracey

            Thanks again :)

  • Shawn Lambert

    Hi. Im south african, and my great grandparents were born in england, scotland and ireland. I lived in london for 2 years 14 years ago. How would i qualify to permanently move back to england?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shawn, unfortunately in order to be eligible for the ancestry visa it would need to have been a grandparent who was born in the UK as a great grandparent would be a generation too far removed.

  • Chris

    Hi, I am a South African living in the UK on a Indefinite leave to enter Visa. My father has British citizenship passed on to him from his adopted father can this be passed on to myself and my sister.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Chris,

      A response has been sent to the email you sent in to our consultants.

  • eckse

    If I have a Grandparent born in St Helena, would I qualify for Ancestry?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Eckse,
      This would not qualify you unfortunately

  • Joel Barlow

    Hi, my girlfriend is Aussie. We have her Grandfather’s birth certificate (a certified copy) but she is estranged from her Mother and cannot get access to a copy of her birth certificate to show the lineage. Any advice on the best way to move forward? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Joel,

      Unfortunately her mum’s birth certificate will be required. Should she know her mum’s full birth details she could apply directly for the certificate at the relevant issuing department.

      ** Please note that only original certificates are accepted.

  • Abdullah Adams

    Hello,
    I’m from South Africa, I am looking for a visa/passport that can make it easier for me to leave south Africa if the need arises. My grandfather’s mother is from Manchester England also I have a cousin and her family that lives and has lived for at least a decade in England. Do I qualify? What are my options?

  • Adrian Smith

    Hi. If i acquire my UK ancestry visa, which countries can i work in?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Adrian,
      You are able to work in the UK.

  • Heather Hawthorne

    Hi. I’m an American citizen and my grandmother was born in the UK and moved to the US as a teenager with her family. I have her original birth certificate. Do I qualify for an ancestral visa or is this just for Commonwealth citizens?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Heather, unfortunately the ancestry visa would only be applicable to Commonwealth citizens.

  • Chris Snooke

    Hi.. I qualify for ancestral visa, and would like to work in the uk next yr. If i decide to work 6months, and leave for asia to travel for 3 months, would i need to reapply for another visa to work in the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Chris,
      The Ancestry visa is a multi entry visa, so you can come and go as you please.

  • Catherine

    Is there an age limit to the ancestry visa? Can my 74 year old mother who has a UK grandparent come over on that visa? She is a school teacher so could possibly work part time.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Catherine, there is no age limit on the ancestry visa and your 74 year old mother would have the ability to apply.

  • Bj Edwards

    Hi there, I am Australian going ahead with ancestral visa. I am having trouble getting my grandparents birth certificate in a timely manner, I do have their official death certificates which show where they were born, will this suffice?

    Many thanks for the quick responses!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bj,
      You will need the birth certificates

  • Daniel Richard Bion

    Hi my ancestry is through England, however i am wanting to go to the Isle of Man will i still need to pay the IHS fee?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Daniel.
      You will not need to pay the IHS if you enter the Ilse of Man first.

      • Daniel Richard Bion

        thanks so much

  • Pam Veldtman

    Hi, I have a brittish passport by decent. I would like to relocate with my South African husband and my two daughters to Scotland. Do my daughters qualify for Ancestry visas as my Mom and Dad were born in the UK? Or because I have a British Passport do they automatically qualify? What would be the best route to follow and what would the requirements be?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Pam, in order for your daughter’s to be eligible for the ancestry visa they would need to be a minimum age of 17. If not your husband’s option would be the spousal visa and your daughter’s could then be added as a dependent to this visa.

  • Nick

    Hi, I am applying for my UK Ancestry Visa and have the original copies – i.e the ones that my parents and grandparents signed on the day of marriage etc however it says at the top ‘certified Copy’ – will this suffice?
    My sister went through this process two years ago and she didn’t have any issues but just wanted to confirm.

    Kind regards.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nick,
      The High Commission require originals and reserve the right to refuse an application if copies are sent in.

  • alcatraz5953

    Hi there

    My fiances father is a UK national and she is currently in the process of obtaining her visa. How would I go about joining her as we are looking to permanently immigrate to the UK (We are both South African)

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi there,

      Please could you confirm if her father was in fact born in the UK? As well as what visa it is that she is applying for?

      • alcatraz5953

        Yes he was. I am not entirely sure, if not ancestral what would the other option be?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          As her father was born in the UK, and should her parents have been married at the time of her birth, she may have a direct claim to citizenship.

          • alcatraz5953

            No her parents were not married at the time, is that a problem?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            She would need to have a status trace done to assess her eligibility, our partner firm Philip Gamble and Partners would be able to assist with this.

  • Caro

    I am Canadian, and planning to apply for the UK Ancestry visa through my paternal grandfather. I have a job lined up in the UK, and I believe I have everything in order, except that in some places it says to include details of accommodations and/or flight details in your application. In another document I found it advises not to pay for flights or accommodations until your visa has been approved. Will there be a problem if I submit an application without accommodation details?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Caro, as this visa is issued with the ability to settle in the UK you would not be required to have a plain ticket booked.

      • Caro

        Thank you! And accommodations?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Ideally you should show that you have at least some from of temporary accommodation in place.

  • kother

    Hi,
    I am an 18 year old teenager. Is it manageable to fill in application and apply for indefinite leave to remain for long residence by my own? At the moment the only thing I am struggling with is obtaining my proof of registeration at the GP for every year I have been in the UK. I have asked the GP but I am still waiting for their response. would you advise me to book my online appointment for the one day service or wait till I get the letters from GP? Thank you so much

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kother,

      1st Contact will be happy to offer you full representation in this application. Our fee’s are separate to those of the home office.

  • Martin le Maitre

    Hi. My son (South African) is hoping to spend a gap year in the UK after finishing school. He qualifies for Ancestry, and we have birth certificates for both of my parents (his grandparents). He also has a job offer lined up, which will include accommodation.
    I’ve been looking through the application and I see a lot of questions relating to his “sponsor” – address, employment, etc.
    The fact is, he has no “sponsor” in the terms implied by the questions… do you have any advice to offer?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Martin, the sponsor in this case would be if you were providing funds for this trip or if this was coming from a source other then himself, this would also relate to accommodation in the UK.

  • April Box

    hi. i am from Australia but currently living in the uk on a tier 5 visa. Can i get a ancestry visa if my dads grandad is from the uk or can it only be my grandad?
    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi April,
      You will need to have a UK born grandad.

  • KAB

    Hello…I’m a Canadian looking to apply for my UK Ancestry visa in the new year 2017. Is there anyway around paying for the health insurance upfront?? As this is very costly for a 5 year ancestry visa…THX for any info

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, unfortunately there is no way to avoid paying this Surcharge fee together with the initial visa application.

  • Victor Richardson

    Hi, I am a South African trying to apply for an ansestral Visa through my grand father and the one question I cannot find a definitive answer for is do I need a vault copy of my birth certificate and my mother’s?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Victor,
      You will need unabridged birth certificates

  • Max Xavier

    Hi, my father died few years ago. Can I still use his bank accounts as a proof that I have enough money ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will need the money in your account.

  • Brandon O’Toole

    How long can one be outside of the UK while on an ancestry visa, if it does expire what do they have to do?

  • Kirsty

    According to my research my family qualifies for entry into the UK under the Ancestry claim due to my husband’s grandparents all being born in Scotland. It is also possible we could get entry due net worth. My specific query is, if we were all to enter under the ancestry visa (mother, child 12 yrs and husband), could my husband (ancestry visa holder) leave for 12 months leaving me working and looking after our child before completely returning to the UK? Additionally, would my daughter and I be able to apply for IDL after 5 years even though my husband would not qualify for a further year?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kirsty,

      Unfortunately the above will not be possible, as the requirement is that the main visa holder is living and working in the UK throughout the 5 years.

      • Kirsty

        Many thanks….as I expected and it also makes sense.

  • Tim Strewth

    After getting the ancestry visa and enter the UK, what happens if you don’t want to or can’t get a job?. Do you have to show proof that you are actively looking for a job during your time in the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi TIm,
      If you wish to settle in the UK, you will need to be working in the 5 years If you not you don’t need to work .

  • Happy

    Hello John Dunn,
    My heart is in the UK where my family is originally from. –Help me figure out how to get my Non-EU Dependents to the UK please!! ….. I am a dual British Citizen by descent in America. I have a British passport!!! My mother (their grandmother) was Born in the Uk. My children are only American and that is where we are all living now! I have to do *”Surinder Singh”* before it is too late to take them to UK with me? (I already know that I need to go to a different EU country for at Least 3 months?) And how many have qualified with only doing 3 months?!! What are the chances for doing 3 months or 4? However, I STILL NEED HELP & Advice: **MY OLDEST TURNS 21 IN FEBRUARY 2017***** So, I do not have much time left for him to still qualify because of both *His Age and Brexit and what might happen in September……**—-Also, is there any advice about the ease/difficulty on getting a **Work Permit/Visa* for him if we went directly to the UK and strategies to do thiswith the right company? —

    *However, with my younger children “under 18”, I “I have permission from the court” to take my children to UK & Ireland, even though I have full physical but not sole custody from my divorce from a long time ago.) I am single now. —-***With my younger children, can I use the different program to get them into the UK, like section 8 (ILE)–**Indefinate Leave to Enter? ??

    And if none of these options can work for us, then should I consider spending a few years in a commonwealth country, so that my children can become “citizens there first” (before going to the UK) to qualify for the “Ancestral Visa”, ……. (because applicants have to be commonwealth citizens) for the ancestral visa to reside in the UK (since their grandmother was born in UK & I am British by descent)?

    –In that case, what would be the best/easiest/fastest commonwealth countries (to move to and gain citizenship for my children in order) to accomplish an “ancestral visa”? Would India be the best/easiest? Canada would be one of the hardest & longest I would imagine. Ideas?

    Should their grandmother adopt them or should they become stateless? I am brainstorming…..

    (that is, if surinder singh in Ireland won’t work……(within the time we have left for SS and if the “work visa” for my son won’t work, and if “indefinite leave to enter” ILE, for my children under 18 won’t work, that is…..). My American children are currently 20, 17, and 13.

    **For my children under 18, do you think ILE (section 8) would work for them? ———–And for my 21 year old, do you think “work visa” would be an easy/feasible option?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, based on the detail of your query I would suggest that you contact one of our immigration advisers on immigration@1stcontact.com for more accurate guidance on your options.

  • Shell Hatherly

    Hi there, if you’re eligible for UK Ancestry Visa, a South African with both parents British Citizens (therefore European nationals with EU treaty rights), will you have to pay the IHS fee? The Gov.UK website info about this surcharge is misleading and confusing.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shell, yes in this case the IHS Surcharge fee would still be payable.

      • Shell Hatherly

        Thanks for your reply – but can you give me reasons why you say this when it clearly states on gov.uk. the following:

        “You don’t need to get an IHS reference number or pay the healthcare surcharge if:

        you’re a family member of a European national with European Union treaty rights”

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Shell, this would be in the case that you were applying for a visa based on a European Passport holder, which a British Passport holder would not be regarded as.

          • Shell Hatherly

            But UK is still part of the EU…? This doesn’t make any sense..?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            That is the legislation unfortunately and when applying for UK visas the UK does not fall under European legislation. Thank you

  • ilona

    Hi, my ex husband is South Afrian.Unfortunately he only married me in order to stay in the UK and eventually he left me alone pregnant and went back to South Africa. He married Scottish woman and again he is trying to get a visa to go back to the UK. What is his chance to get a visa ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ilona, if you are legally divorced and they meet the required spousal visa criteria then there is no reason the spousal visa will not be issued.

      • ilona

        We were divorced in the High court of South Africa. His lawyer stated that he sent me the Sammon documents by email but I did not receive them so I was not aware of being divorced. In this case our divorce is not accepted in the UK.

  • Hamilton Marlon Ebert

    Greetings. I’m from Sri Lanka. My great grandparents (father’s grandparents) are from Scotland but I don’t have much details since my father has passed away and even when he was alive, he didn’t talk much about his grandparents.. I have my father’s birth certificate, which indicates that his grandfather was not born in Sri Lanka. Can you please tell me if I may be eligible to apply for a UK ancestry visa? If I am eligible, it would be my pleasure that first contact visas representative my application. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Hamilton,
      You will need to have a UK born grandparent in order to apply.

  • cat.mcg93

    I am american and my great great grandfather came over from Ireland– would I qualify for an ancestral visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, Unfortunately not

  • Angie Borges

    My Great and Great Great Grandfather where born in Scotland, am I eligible to qualify for a work visa, I am 58yrs old and am wanting to go do care giving over there

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Angie,

      Unfortunately Great and Great Great Grandparents are too far back, it is based on a Grandparent.

      • Angie Borges

        Hi

        If my Aunt registered her Mothers birth ( my grandmother) would that help, is she able to do that (as my mother passed away 8yrs ago).

        Can you tell me at my age 58ys old would I be eligible to get a work visa (not ancestral) to go do care giving in U.K. Christys will employ me if I can get a work visa.

        Really appreciate you replying

        Angie Borges

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Angie,

          Your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK, in order for you qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.
          Unfortunately case work is not on the work sponsored short list.

  • Christina Irvine

    Hey! in 2007, I moved to the UK with a ancestry visa, but only stayed for a year. I am now considering moving back to the UK pending I can apply for an ancestry visa again. Is this possible?

    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Christina, you would have the ability to apply once more but this would be viewed as a brand new application.

      • Christina Irvine

        So the fact that I have had an ancestry visa before wouldn’t increase or decrease my chances of being granted an ancestry visa this time round?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Christina,
          It will not effect that application.

  • Anita

    Hi, my grandfather was born in the Isle of Man and I’m wanting to obtain a ancestry visa. When applying what is the exact name of the visa I’m applying for? Also is there a specific age group you need to be in to apply for one? Many thanks, Anita

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Anita,

      The visa is an Ancestry visa, and one is required to be aged 17 and older.

      • Anita

        Thank you, so if I’m turning 31 next year that’s ok?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          That is fine.

  • Zach Roberts

    Hey ! what does the ancestry Visa come up in on the selct visa menu as I can not find it on the Reason to visit menu bar ! what do i do from here ? thanks !

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Zach,

      1st Contact offer full representation in these applications, please advise if you would like to utilise this service.

      • Zach Roberts

        what is the cost ?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          1st Contacts fee is £280.

  • Graeme

    Hi John, I did a Youth Mobility visa two years ago in the UK and my bank account is still open. Seeing as my grandparents are Scottish I can apply for the Ancestry Visa. Would I need to get a new bank account and National Insurance Number or would they be the same as they were before? Thanks. And is possible Brexit making Ancestry Visa applications difficult?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Graeme,

      Based on the fact that your grandparents were born in Scotland, you may qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.

      You National Insurance number etc, should all remain the same.

      Brexit has no implication on the UK Ancestry visa.

  • Jennifer Rogerson

    Hi there, thanks for the helpful info!
    Is there a restriction for travelling outside the UK in the first 6 months of an ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jennifer,

      There is no restriction as such in the first 6 months. However should you wish to gain indefinite leave to remain at the end of the 5 years, the rule is to not spend more than 180 days out of the UK in any 12 month period.

  • Tash

    Hi, I (nz citizen) am looking to get this visa via my grandfather who is a British citizen. My partner of 13 years whom I have 3 children are all British citizens. He has recently returned and currently back in the UK full time job savings in the bank however it is not a joint bank or in my account (NZ) so wondering if that is sufficient enough to be in his name with support letter etc instead of it being in an account in my name? Regards the amount of funds required for the application. Thank you

  • Ranjit

    Hi
    My Grand father was born in India and served the British Indian Army in India ,

    And his father , my Great Grandfather was also in a government job as an SDO in Irrigtion department.

    My grandfather’s passport is something I have to prove his service in the British Indian Army .

    Later he stayed back in India and was a part of Indian Army at the time of Independence where I live till date.

    Do I have any chance of getting any benifits from UK.

    With warm regards
    Ranjit

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ranjit, unfortunately your grandfather would need to have been born in the UK in order for you to benefit.

      • Ranjit

        Hello,

        As he served in the British Indian army can that be of any use and the passport says BRITISH SUBJECT BY BIRTH.

        Serving in the army before independence under the Throne , I have heard of people being benefited financially is that so ?

        Thanks
        Ranjit

  • Fiona Harrison

    Hi John

    I’m a 22 year old male whose Grandparents (my Mom’s parents) were born in the UK. I have been offered a job in the UK and would like to apply for my ancestral visa so I can take up this offer. My contract is for 6 months. I understand I need to pay for medical insurance at £200 per annum but as my contract is only for 6 months, why do I need to pay R20,000 which equates to 5 years cover? Why can’t I pay the £200?

    Thanks
    Dean

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Dean,
      The Full NHS surcharge is required for the duration of the visa, the Ancestry visa is granted for 5 years.

  • Julie Fielding

    My grandmother was born in Bangor, Wales. I have her birth
    certificate. I am interested in spending time in the UK to do some family history research, along with some visits to France where my great uncle died in WW1. I am retired and receive a very reasonable pension so I am self sufficient. Could I still get a first contact visa? I live in Tasmania, Australia.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Julie,
      You may apply for an Ancestry visa. Please email us on ausoffice@1stcontact.com

  • Du Plessis UrselaEn Martin

    Good day, my grandmother was born in the uk, unfortunately we only have a birth date and full names. We don’t know in which area she was born. How would I be able to get an place? My cousin currently resides in the uk, but we weren’t able to get the proper info, there were many born on the same day with the same names.

    • KAB

      When I sent away for my grandparents record from Northern Ireland I did it all online…you need as much info as possible. ie…the names and dates you have plus maiden names and where they were born. (or approximately) I didn’t have all info but they were still able to find the birth records and send to me.

      • Kai

        Hi KAB. If you are saying one of your grandparents was born in Northern Ireland, then you don’t need a UK Ancestry Visa. You are entitled to Irish Citizenship. This would allow you full access to the UK and the EU.

        • KAB

          I’ve looked into this and don’t believe this is the case. Possibly Ireland but not Northern. I will research some more as this would obviously be an advantage. THX!

          • Kai

            I went through the application procedure for my mother, as her Grandmother was born in Northern Ireland. My mother now has Republic Of Ireland citizenship, and also a passport. There is also no requirement to reside there. Please look into it as it is a very valuable document for you.

          • KAB

            Thank you so much for this info…I will look into it. Is this an easier process? Less costly?

          • Kai

            It is much cheaper, much easier, and much much more valuable. I have been living in the UK for 5 years on an ancestry visa, so I know firsthand. Instead of living in the UK for 6 years to get a British passport, you could have an Irish one in a few months. Also, the British passport will no longer be an EU passport once Britain leaves. I can give you the website address to apply to. You can email me direct if you want kai@swagabond.com
            Cheers

          • Kai
          • KAB

            Thank you soooooo much!

  • Mark Abbott

    Hi there. There seems to a limit of 130 years in the date field for my gradfather’s date of birth in the online appllication form – ie, I can’t put in a birth date older that 8th sept 1886. Is this just a website glitch or is there a time limit of 130 years from your grandfather’s birth to you getting an ancestry visa ?

  • Thomas Mountford

    My mom has applied for an ancestral passport as her Grandfather was born in West Ham and her brother received the visa last year.

    If she didn’t have the money advised amount of money in her account 90 days prior to her application but she has quite a bit more than that now and her appointment is in 3 weeks, would that be ok ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Thomas, yes this could suffice as long as she includes evidence pertaining to how the funds were gained.

  • Daniel Richard Bion

    From what i understand i need to submit my ancestry visa application with a TB test however my sister says I only need to have it for when i travel and since i have to travel 500km to get it done im not too keen on making 2 separate trips in order to do both. Please may you clarify for me what I may need to do… Thank you very much for your response in anticipation

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Daniel,
      TB test is required with your application

  • Thomas Mountford

    Thank you,

    One last thing, if she is planning to move her fully time and live and work in the UK, on the TSL form would her visa be under short stay settlement or short stay other non settlement.

    i thought it would be short stay settlement but apparently it should be short stay other non settlement

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Thomas,
      I am not able to offer advise on how to complete the forms unfortunately.

  • Robyn Cremer

    Hi. I live in Zimbabwe and I am currently getting all my paper work together in order for me to apply for an ancestry visa. I have my grandmother’s original birth certificate. Other than my own original birth certificate and my grandmother’s original are any other originals necessary (eg. Original marriage certificates, parents original birth certificates etc) or are certified copies acceptable? And my grandmother and father passed away so would i need the death certificates or are they not needed? Thank you in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Robyn,

      All birth certificates are required and only originals are accepted.

    • Robyn Cremer

      And death certificates?

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi Robyn,

        1st Contact have an Immigration team that offer full representation in these applications.
        Upon engagement of our services 1st Contact will be able to prepare a file which will be handed over to our case work team, they will then send out a full documentation checklist of what we are going to require to prepare the applications in line with the Immigration rules and regulations.

        I can confirm that the death certificates wont be required.

  • Ashley Pollock

    I need to renew my UK ancestral visa as I only entered the UK after 2.5 years from when I first applied. Do i have to get a 5 year visa or can I get a 3 year (which would then be enough time to qualify and apply for indefinite leave)…my thinking is that if it’s a 5 year visa, I’d have to pay the extra £200 per year for NHS which seems unnecessary. Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ashley,
      It is only possible to apply for a 5 year extension

      • Ashley Pollock

        Thanks! And do I need to get a BRP or would this have been done when I applied for my first UK ancestral visa in Cape Town?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          BRP will be issued as part of the application

  • Wendy

    Hello. If I have a job working online and am paid by a Canadian business, does that qualify as work for the UK visa OR do you have to be looking for work paid in the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Wendy,

      You will need to be working in the UK, and being paid in Pounds.

  • http://twitter.com/KaiHowie Kai Howie

    Hi. My maternal grandfather was born in Norwich and I am now hoping to apply for the ancestral visa. However, my mother was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and I do not have a copy of her birth certificate. Would your firm be in a position to assist with this matter?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kai, 1st Contact don’t assist with locating birth certificates from Zimbabwe

  • Struan Cameron

    My grandfather is from the UK, he came to south africa and had baby(my mother) with my grandmother bu t he was never registered on the birth certificate as he was in the British Navy and left without saying goodbye. I am in contact with him and have been for years but how am I able to get a ancestral visa when he is not on the birth certifcate of my mother.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Struan,
      He will either need to be added to the birth certificate or you will need to perform DNA testing

  • KAB

    As a Canadian who will be applying for a UK Ancestry visa…I have my small wallet size birth certificate. Do I need to have the full length one? Also, once I get all other documents such as this, when do I actually have to show them? Or do I send in copies with application? Thank you…

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi KAB,

      You will need the full unabridged birth certificate, and send in all original copies.

      • KAB

        Thank you for the quick reply. Will these documents be returned to me?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Yes they will be returned.

          • Mehboob

            Dear 1st contact
            That is great knowledge you sharing with people
            I have question. I came on tier2 Wp Feb 2005 then I continued had visa extensions till June 2009, then law has changed and requirement was pbs through sponsor employment. I got over stayed about 2 years then I found an job with sponsor license and now have completed 5 years legally stay on tier 2 residents permits . I have English language and life in the uk passed. Am I eligible to ILR ?

  • Helen

    Hi,

    Please assist me as I need advise if my partner qualifies for an Ancestral Visa.

    He is South African and his Mum was born in a British Commanwealth country. She was able to obtain a British Passport through her parents as they both had British citizenship but were also born in a British commonwealth country and registered with the UK and therefore have British birth certificates and passports. We have all this documentation to prove this.

    He would like to go ahead and apply but as it clearly states, the grandparents need to have been born in the UK.

    Please advise if we can go ahead and what assistance you can offer.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Helen.
      In order to apply for an Ancestry visa, one will need to have a grandparent born in the UK or the channel Islands.

      • Helen

        So even with them having British birth certificates and registered as ‘British Citizens’ it is no loop hole?

        The alternative is to get a spousal visa through through me.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Helen,
          The grandparent will need to be born in the UK. No loop hole is available

  • Martin

    My great great grandparents came from the UK and all the generations there on were born and lived in India. Do I qualify for the ancestry visa

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Martin, unfortunately a great grandparent is a generation too far removed and would not entitle you to an Ancestry Visa.

  • http://www.changents.com/rainforesteco Alana Lea

    My Mother, grandparents and great grandparents were all Anglo-Indian, born in India while it was a British possession. I have their old British passports and baptismal documents (which in those days, were also used for birth records). But I am not a Commonwealth citizen. Will my daughter and I be able to get Ancestry Visas for an extended stay, as long as we meet the other requirements ? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Alana, unfortunately this route of decent would not entitle you or your daughter to the ancestry visa.

      • http://www.changents.com/rainforesteco Alana Lea

        But how is that, since I have both Mother and Grandmother’s British passports, proving their British citizenship? Was there a year the laws changed? Thank you.

  • Kate Carrel

    Hi there, my partners grandfather(now deceased) was born in the falkland islands therefore he and my partners mother both have british citizenship. Wondering whether this entitles him to ancestory or citizenship? We are considering moving overseas but as I have already used my tier 5 visa over 5 years ago this is not an option for us. Wondering if we have any other options for us? Or can I apply for another tier 5? Thanks :)

  • Jamie Kennedy

    Wow! This is an awesome article, thank you for taking the time to share. My grandmother is a British citizen and has been living in Canada for over 60 years. I know I would be eligible for Ancestry Visa but do I need someone in the UK with a professional designation (doctor, lawyer, etc.) to have known me for 2 years when applying to assist with the process?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jamie,
      No you won’t need this.

      • Jamie Kennedy

        Thank you so much. Appreciate the help and the prompt response.

  • Louise Erasmus

    I’m South African, however my mom and my grandparents were born in Kenya. They all have British passports. Would I be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa?

  • Rebecca MacTaggart

    If my husband gets an ancestry visa does he have to live and work in the UK for 6 months prior to bringing me? This was a situation an aquaintence went through but no info anywhere confirms this and I can’t get a hold of anyone within government

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rebecca,
      No, the requirements you are referring to is in relation to the Spousal visa, based on partner who holds a British Passport.

  • Carrie

    Hi there,

    Both my grandparents on my birth fathers side are British, but my birth dad is not on my birth certificate- although I do have proof he is my dad via a letter signed by himself an lawyers and have his birth certificate. If I got my grandparents birth certificates as well would I be eligible for a ancestry visa?

    Carrie

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Carrie, yes the birth certificate is used to prove your grandparent was born in the UK.

      • Carrie

        Yep I understand that. So does that mean if I attach the letter proving my biological dad is my dad even though his name is not on my birth certificate along with my grandparents birth certificates that would be fine?
        Thanks, Carrie

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Carrie, it may not be as simple as that, I would suggest you get in touch with our immigration team on immigration@1stcontat.com

          • Carrie

            Okay great, have sent them an email. Thanks!

  • Rebecca Sayward

    Hi, I am eligible to get a visa through ancestry. Is my family able to travel with me if I pursue this?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rebecca,
      Yes they may be added as dependants

  • Sophie

    Hi there, I have 2 questions. 1) I am wanting to travel for a few months before starting work, when it says you need to be looking for a job, does this still apply or am I unable to travel before hand? 2) I am thinking I may not want to stay the full 5 years, so am I able to get a 2 year working visa and then apply for a Ancestry visa or can I only do one or the other? Or can I apply for the Ancestry visa more than once?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sophie, You will need to enter the UK within 30 days of entering the UK and then you may travel as you like. You may apply for the 2 year visa, however the Ancestry visa will need to be applied for from your country or residency and you may apply more than once.

  • Lina

    Hi my step grandfather married my grandmother ( my father’s mom). My step grandfather was Welsh. Born and raised in the UK. He passed away years back. Am I eligible for the ancestry visa as a step granddaughter?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Lina, the only way this would be possible would be if your step grandfather was listed on your Mother’s birth certificate and if not it would not be possible unfortunately.

  • Glen

    Hi, my wife has a British passport (ancestral). Her father and Grandparents were born in the UK. She never spent more than 2 years in the UK, from what i understand our daughters (under 10 ) won’t be able to get ancestral visas by descent or double descent. Am i correct?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Glen, yes unfortunately if your wife did not spend a minimum of 3 years consecutively in the UK on her British Passport before the birth of your children this would not be possible.

  • Chris Jacobs

    Hi, My wife and I would like to immigrate to Scotland. Her Grandfather and grandmother where born in scotland so we would like to go the ancestry visa route. The only problem is that her mother was also born in Scotland so she actually qualifies for ‘right of abode’. She gave up her citizenship for a South African citizenship when she got married many years ago. The ‘right of adobe’ route is much more expensive. Is there anyway we could still just go the Ancestry visa way or is it impossible?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Chris, as long as your wife does not hold British Citizenship she wold have the ability to apply and have the ancestry visa issued.

  • slang

    Hi

    I am applying for an ancestral visa but I am going over to study. I have supporting scholarship that will pay me a monthly amount to live and study. Will this suffice asa job or will I need to get part time employment on top of my monthly scholarship?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Slang, we always suggest that you show an intention to work if possible.

      • slang

        Will do.Is this medical surcharge for real? For 5 years I’m gonna have to fork out 1000 pond upfront.

  • Kay Moore

    Hi. Im from Barbados and my grandmother and step grandfather both were born in Barbados but were British citizens and had British passports. Would I be elgible for the ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kay, your grandparents would need to have been born in the UK in order for you to be eligible.

  • KAB

    I’m a Canadian wanting to live and work in England. I qualify for an Ancestry Visa which is what my 1st plan was. I now realize that I also qualify to become an Irish citizen through foreign birth registry through my grandparent that was born in Northern Ireland. Now if I go this route will I still be allowed to work in England? I’m very confused because of this whole Brexit thing.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, as an Irish national you may work in the UK

  • Kate Clarke

    I’m applying for my ancestry visa, and my husband is applying as my dependent. Does he need a UK sponsor in addition to being my dependent?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kate,
      He will not need a sponsor

      • Kate Clarke

        Great! So what will you put in the field where it asks for his sponsor details if we go with you to do our applications?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Kate, in this case it is likely that you would be listed as the sponsor.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kate, your husband would not require a sponsor in order to be added as your dependent.

  • Jamie

    Hi, my grandfather (Dads father) was born in the U.K., my question is my mom and dad were never married, would this cause some difficulties?

    Thank you

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Jamie,
      No it will not.

  • shopgirl111

    We would like to retire to Scotland in five years on a descent Visa. My husband’s grandmother was born in Scotland. She is no longer living. Is this even possible??

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, yes it is possible to apply for the Ancestry visa

  • Elsa Pressley

    I am Eligable for the uk ancestory visa. However, I would like my partner to join me on this visa. He is 30 years old. What makes him Eligable to be my partner on this visa?
    Also, we are Australians who are currently on a two year working holiday in Canada. Can we apply for this visa whilst in Canada or must we be in aus to apply ? Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Elsa, in order for your partner to be added as an unmarried dependent you would need to include evidence of a minimum of 24 months of cohabitation. As you hold residence in Canada you could apply for your visa from Canada.

  • angiec

    My daughter is currently in the UK studying on a student visa. She is eligible for an ancestry visa (her grandfather was born in the UK) and she would like to stay after she finishes her studies. She currently has part time work. Does she need to have a sponsor? Can the 2 years of student visa count towards settlement?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, Your daughter will not need to have sponsor and time spent on the Student visa will not count towards settlement on the 5 year route

  • Annie Holloway

    Hi…. i have great grandparents born in the UK will i still qualify for an ancestral visa
    and my children. I am South African.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Annie,
      Great grandparents will not qualify you unfortunately.

  • harley

    Hi, my grandmother was born in Singapore as parents were stationed there during it’s occupation in 1922 (both British). I have her birth certification from the British homeland office, and she and my father had a British passport. I am from New Zealand, and I am looking at moving to the UK next for work. Is it likely that I would be granted an ancestry visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Harley, Unfortunately this would not qualify you as your grandparent would need to have been born in the UK.

  • Hayley Howell-Wood

    Hi, both my wife and myself qualify for an ancestry visa, and are looking at emigrating from South Africa. My question is do we need to apply for the visa each, or can one of us apply as a dependant? I can’t find anything regarding the difference in visa fees regarding applying individually or as a dependant. Also, the amount that needs to be in my bank account, is that for one person, or both? Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Hayley, the fees are the same for both the main applicant and dependants. The maintenance funds required is per person.

  • Shawn Williams

    My grandmother was born in St.Vincent & the Grenadines in 1923, a UK colony. Is that considered part of the “UK”, making her a British citizen ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shawn, In order to apply for an ancestry visa, your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK.

  • Jamie

    Hi

    How to i send a letter to the government to say that my dad will be sponsoring me as I cannot raise the funds they require to have in your bank account.

    • Jamie

      Hi

      Could you please help with the above. thank you

      • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

        Hi Jamie, your dad will need to deposit the money into your account and write a letter stating he has gifted this to you

  • Lizell

    Hi there,
    I just have a question regarding the Ancestry Visa. My grandmother was born in the UK ( I have already gathered all documents, her birth certificate, her parent’s birth certificate and my father’s unabridged birth certificate). I am also applying for my unabridged birth certificate this week.
    My father and most of our family already lives in the UK. My partner and I also want to move over as soon as possible. Will I be able to add my partner as a dependent if we are not married? We have been together 6 years and we are engaged to get married. My father will be sponsoring our relocation.

    Thanks,
    Regards
    Lizell

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Lizell, in order to have an unmarried partner added as a dependent you would need to include evidence of a minimum of 24 months of cohabitation.

      • Lizell

        How will I be able to produce evidence of this? We have been permenantly living together since July 2014, but share a home with my partner’s parents. Do you have an email address whereby I can get further assistance with the visa application? I would like more info on the costs when doing the application through you. Thanks.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Lizell, this is through evidence such as lease agrrements, post to the same address, utility bills etc. Yes you can contact our immigration team on immigration@1stcontact.com

  • Pamela Gail Quinton

    My husband can apply for an Northern Irish ancestral visa.We are pensioners who both run our own small businesses.What benefits would we be entitled to on arriving before we can buy a home in Ireland
    In rand value what would a comfortable figure of our assets be to settle in Ireland

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Pamela,
      1st Contact assist with visa applications, we will not be able to advise you on buying property.

  • Robyn Cremer

    Hi,

    I am a week away from submitting my application for my UK Ancestry Visa and I am nervous about one document I have. My grandparent’s marriage certificate is a copy, however, it has stamps on the back saying it is an original copy found in records at the marriage register of Zimbabwe. I have also attached a police report to it to say that the original was lost. Will this be okay? I read on a UK site that if I do not have an original to explain why, which I have done.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Robyn,
      It is not possible to say if this will be okay or not unfortunately as discretion will be used by the caseworker. In most cases this should not be a problem though.

      • Robyn Cremer

        Thank you

  • Renee Groeninx

    I’m Dutch and have lived in the UK for nearly 30 years! Living with my scottish partner for nearly 15 years. Paid all the taxes, insurances and have a Serps Projected Pension statement. My (deceased) mother was born in Southampton and I have her birth certificate. Does this mean I could register as a British citizen rather then apply to become a citizen?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Renee, This may be an option, you are best advised to get in touch with our partner firm Philip Gamble & Partners who can assist – https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      • Renee Groeninx

        that’s great, many thanks!

  • Jay

    Hi, who within the government do I need to send the letter of sponsorship to as my dad is going to sponsor me with the funds. Thank you

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      HI Jay,
      This needs to be sent in with your application.

      • Jay

        Hi, thank you, does it need to be approved by someone first?

  • Gina Sutherland

    I’m from Canada and got a UK ancestry Visa in 2005. I am now back in Canada and wondering if I can apply for an ancestry visa a second time (I didn’t apply for citizenship because I wasn’t there for a long enough consecutive period). Would you happen to know if it can be obtained more than once?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Gina, Yes you may apply for the Ancestry visa again

  • Marcus Gobey

    Hi there,please help.Myself and wife have British passports by descent.We want to move back to the UK from South African but our 3 year old has only a SA passport.How do we get him in to UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Marcus, based on this information your child’s UK visa option would be to apply for Indefinite Leave to Enter, please contact our immigration advisers on immigration@1stcontact.com for further guidance on this application.

  • Sharon Young

    Hi. If I obtain an Ancestry Visa then live and work in the UK for 5 years do I then have to apply for Indefinite leave to remain and then Citizenship another year after that? Also are there any benefits to getting an Ancestry Visa compared to a normal work visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sharon, yes your route to Citizenship mentioned would be absolutely correct. The Ancestry Visa would not mean you would be required to get work sponsorship and would allow you to work and settle in the UK more easily.

  • Norman Danger Swan

    I have Great Grandparents born in Exeter, Lancashire, and Fife in Scotland, but my grandparents are all born in North America. Is there any chance that would qualify me for anything in terms of visa opportunities? I’m interested in Scotland.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Norman,

      Unfortunately great grandparents are a generation too far back.

      You would need to look into the Tier 2 work sponsored visa.

  • Andrew Pilcher

    Hi, I know someone who is Canadian with a British grandmother who is looking to apply for the ancestral visa. She is currently in her first year of university and would be looking to transfer over. On an ancestral visa would she still be seen as an international student?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      She would still be regarded as an international student on an ancestry visa.

  • Katy

    Hi. My husband’s parents obtained a uk ancestry visa 15 years ago and have since naturalised and obtained their british citizenship. Would my children qualify for an ancestry visa through them?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Katy, unfortunately they would need to have been born in the UK in order for your children to be eligible for the ancestry visa.

  • Vivienne Fintz

    Hi, I am applying for a UK ancestry visa. Must all the documents required be originals or can they be certified copies (marriage certificates etc). I know that my original passport needs to go with the application but what about the other docs?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Vivienne,

      All documents need to be original.

  • Mikael Jackson

    Hi, is there a problem if I obtain an Ancestry Visa but take a break (sabbatical) for a few months when I arrive in the UK.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Mikael, this will not have an effect on the validity of your Visa.

  • 22Lightning22

    Hi – my husband is Australian and his grandfather served under the British Army during WWII – we don’t know if his grandfather was born in India as a British subject or not. Could you enlighten me to the rules around ancestry visas where the grandparent was a British subject born and serving Britain in India. Its a long shot I know, but we’re exploring all options here.

  • KAB

    I’ve decide to go the route of foreign birth registry to become an Irish citizen and just wondering if anyone know the current processing time? I can’t seem to get any info on this.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi, this processing time is something our team at Philip Gamble could give you more accurate insight on and you can contact them at https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

  • Jessie

    Hi. I’m an Australian. Currently living in USA. My U.K. Ancestry visa expires in February. Over the past five years I have worked as an entertainer in bits and pieces throughout the U.K. But most of my income has been earnt in other countries. I’ve always been able to support myself financially without recourse to public U.K. Funds.

    When applying for the renewal, I will fly to the U.K. To have premium processing done for renewal. So I will be applying in person with an appointment.

    Does it matter that I haven’t been in the U.K. Much over the last five years? On the application form it asks about my sources of income in the U.K. Etc and where I live. But I live in the USA at moment with intention to do short work trips to U.K.

    Will there be a problem applying for the renewal?

    Thanks so much in advance

  • Bill

    Hi,

    I wish to reside in the UK on an ancestral visa (I qualify) and continue to work at my IT job in Canada, doing so online. My company has no current UK presence. Would this satisfy the work requirement for the visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bill, your intention to work would be a requirement for the ancestry visa and this would need to be through a UK based employment.

  • Jessie

    Hi… if you have not been in the UK much over the last year but want to renew your expiring ancestry visa, and assuming you have been living in another country for the last year (ie not the uk), can you fly to the U.K. to apply for premium processing and get ancestry renewal for another five years? Do you foresee any problems with this? Ie any problems flying to the uk solely for this purpose? Thanks