Ancestry visa: Could you be eligible for British citizenship?

The UK Ancestry visa allows Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, to live and work in the UK without restriction for an initial five-year period. Common wealth countries that qualify include: South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Ancestry visa

Are you eligible?

You can apply for an Ancestry visa if you’re a Commonwealth citizen and are able to show that one of your grandparents was born in the UK. In addition, you must show that:

  • You are 17 years or older
  • You are able to work and that you intend to work or seek employment in the UK for the duration of your visa
  • You can support and accommodate yourself and any dependants without access to any public funding

You can also claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent were adopted. You may not, however, claim UK ancestry through your step-parents.

What rights do you have if your application is successful?

If your visa is granted, you will be allowed to work without restriction, whether employed or self-employed, for the duration of your stay in the UK. With an ancestry visa you are also entitled to freely exit and re-enter the UK multiple times.

This visa is also an excellent option if you have a spouse, partner and/or children. As an Ancestry visa holder you may bring a spouse/partner and any dependent children (under the age of 18) with you and they may stay for the same length of time as you.

UK citizenship

Ancestry visas are normally issued for five years, after which you may apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), if you have lived in the UK continuously and haven’t spent more than 180 consecutive days out of the country. After spending a further 12 months in the UK on ILR, you may apply for UK citizenship and if successful you will receive a British passport.

If you believe you are eligible for an ancestry visa, visit 1st Contact Visas.

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  • Janet Thompson

    I reside in the UK on an Ancestral Visa, and am coming up to eligibility to apply for ILR.
    I have an NVQ Level 2 certificate which includes a certificate for communicating in English. Is this sufficient proof of English language or will I still need to do the English test?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Janet

      Applicants are exempt from the requirement if they have a disability, are over the age of 65, or if they are a national of a majority English speaking country: such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA etc).

      You will meet the requirement if you have taken an approved English language test or if you hold a minimum level of education that is equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree (taught at an institution recognised by the UK Home Office as been taught in English).

    • http://facebook jyoti

      My grandfather was in british army during second world war .but he is from India. On behalf of my grandfather can I get visa of uk

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

        Hi,

        Unfortunately you can not claim a visa through your grandfather unless he was born in the UK.

  • chris

    hi there!
    i currently reside here on a tier 2 visa, after my tier 5 finished. i am adopted, having no access to ancestry through my adopted family. however, i’ve been in contact with my birth parents my whole life, with my birth father being born in england. do i have any rights through him? or is it a very black and white situation legally? thanks! -c

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Chris

      You may be eligible for British citizenship as your biological father was born in the UK. However, your biological parents would have to have
      been married at the time of your birth.

      British nationality law is extremely complex, it is a long and complicated process through an even more complicated system. Even the smallest variable can have a great impact on whether your application is successful.

      We would recommend that you contact our partner nationality fitm, Philip Gamble & Partners, to get a more accurate assessment of your eligibility.

      You can find their site here:

      http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/british-nationality

      If you would prefer to email them directly, please use this address:

      info@philipgamble.co.uk

  • Sue

    Hi there,
    Thank you for the wonderful newsletters. I cannot get to a seminar unfortunately.
    My mother was born in Scotland in 1929 but left to live in Rhodesia a few years after she was born. I have her birth certificate. Her mother was born in Scotland too but we cannot trace her birth certificate. I am 44 now. Would I be eligible for a visa or to work in England and would my son be able to get an ancestral visa? (He’s South African and 21 now)

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Sue

      According to our British nationality consultants there is a good chance that you and your son are eligible.

      You can email immigration@1stcontact.com or phone us on 0207 759 5333 to start the application process.

  • Casey Thrift

    Thanks for the clear article. Unfortunately I had to leave the UK after only 2 years into my planned 5 years. If my Ancestry visa has expired, am I eligible to apply for another 5 years on this visa? Thanks for your help.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Casey

      The UK Ancestry Visa is not a once-off, so the good news is that you will be eligible to apply again so as long as you still meet the requirements.

      However, the visa application process has little support and guidance from the UK authorities. This often results in many visa applications being refused due to small errors.

      To ensure that your application stands the best chance of success, we would recommend that you process your application with us. We have been helping people like you with their visas for over 14 years.

      If you would like to speak to a visa consultant, please email us at visas@1stcontact.com.

      Hope that helps.

      • Casey Thrift

        Certainly does!!! Thank you very much.

  • Stacey Pluke

    My grandfather and my grandmother are both from the UK, however they have both passed away, how do I go about searching for their death certificates? As I take it you need those documents as proof that they are from the UK? Thanks

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Stacey

      A death certificate should not be necessary when applying for a UK Ancestry visa. You will just need to supply a birth certificate for the grandparent you are claiming ancestry through.

      • Stacey Pluke

        Hi There,
        Thank you for your response, both grandparents are from Reddington in the UK, however both are no longer with us. Who do I contact to find our more details in regards to obtaining their birth certificates?

  • Christine Terre Blanche

    My husband was born in Kenya in 1944. His mother was also born in Kenya in about 1919. Her birth certificate states her parents as follows Mother – British – Father – British subject. I get no help from the Kenyan authorities to provide some sort of documentation with regard to my mothers details. We came to SA in about 1951/52. Do I qualify for British citizenship. I have contacted Philip Gamble but they require documents with regard to my mother eg. was there a residence permit etc etc. I unfortunately have no family left that could assist me. Thank you

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Christine

      We are trying to track down your case files, is your husbands name Peter?

      Unfortunately we do need certain documents to be able to determine if you have a claim to British nationality.

      If you would like us to contact you please send an email to info@philipgamble.co.uk.

      • Christine Terre Blanche

        HI . Thank you for replying so promptly. Yes he is Pieter Johannes Terre Blanche. I have been in contact with Sarah (forgot her surname) where she informed me of the documents that may be required. However, my problem is to get same from the Kenyan authorities which at this stage proves to be an impossible task.

  • Rone’ Scheepers

    Hi there! Would just like to get a few answers regarding the UK Ancestral Visa. My grandparents are both British citizens, and I plan to claim ancestry through them. Is my partner of 4 years eligible to join me on this visa? We have been living together for 2 and a half years out of the four years we have been together. Further, is there an english test requirement for either of us? My partner has a diploma in computer sciences recognised by the University of Cambridge, while I am in my final semester of completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree through unisa.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Claire Baston

    Hi there, I am a Brit currently living in New Zealand with my kiwi husband. We are looking to go back to the UK. I still have my british passport and my husband has a grandmother who was born in Scotland so he may be eligible for the UK ancestry visa. I understand one of the requirements is to intend to or plan to work. My husband has had a head injury from a bad car accident years ago which makes him difficult to work but he is good with practical jobs or casual work. Also he is deaf. Would he likely be refused under the circumstances?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Claire,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      Applying for a UK Ancestry visa would mean that your husband only needs to be able to look for employment, or be seeking employment. He will not be disqualified because of his deafness or the type of work he applies for. He also doesn’t have to have full-time employment. He can work on a temporary basis, be self-employed or work part-time. The disability act prevents discrimination against people with needs such as blindness or being deaf.

      Please let us know if we can help you with anything else.

  • CupRahmen

    Is this strictly just for commonwealth citizens? Both me and my bf are trying to get him over to the UK and the ancestry visa seemed the most hopeful (he’s an american citizen but his father and grandparents were born in the UK although emigrated over to the US in the early 60s) we’ve tracked down all the required documents birth certificates, marriage etc. and more on the US side.

    I’m a british citizen anyway, but we just don’t want the only option being the marriage route, neither of us are financially able right now to do a the whole wedding thing.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi CupRahmen,

      Thanks for your question.

      The UK ancestry route is only available to commonwealth citizens. However, because your boyfriend’s father was born in the UK, he would be eligible for a British passport if his father was married to his mother at the time of birth.

      There’s an extensive list of documents your partner needs to provide besides the general birth certificates and ID checks etc.

      If you’d like one of our specialists to assist you with your boyfriend’s passport
      submission, you can call +44(0)20 8688 4618 or you can email info@philipgamble.co.uk.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Mary Mumberson

    My daughter is in England working on an ancestry visa. She is a teacher there. Her ancestry visa is due to run out before the end of the school year. How does she apply for the indefinite leave to remain? Can she apply there in the uk or does she do it from her home country?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, your daughter should apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) from within the UK.She will become eligible for ILR 28 days prior to her five year residence period being met.

      To ensure a successful outcome of your daughters ILR application, 1st Contact Visas provide full representation in these applications. Should we
      make an application on your behalf you can be assured that the outcome will be 100% successful. We have a no visa, no fee policy.

      If your daughter would like to use our services, please get her to contact our Immigration team on immigration@1stcontact.com and we will gladly assist her.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.

  • Ayesha

    I am due to apply for my ILR on an ancestry visa route. I wasn’t in employment the whole 5 years bc I took some time out to study (funded by my family ) I have a job now. Also my husband is in my home country. Will having such a string tie to my country affect my chances?

  • Jacqueline Harty

    I have come to the UK on a ancestral visa. I have met a British man and we have fallen in love and want to get married. Is this legal?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Jacqueline

      Without seeing the refusal letter it would be difficult to give you a definite answer.

      However, if your application was only refused because of the incorrect proof of the English proficiency test then you should be able to reapply with the correct documentation.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Jacqueline

      There should be no problems with you getting married.

      Congratulations and best wishes from us.

  • L Munasinghe

    I am an Austrian 17 years old. My Mother and Grandfather are both naturalized British Citizens. At present I study in Germany. Can I apply for naturalization in Britain.

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

      Hi,

      Thanks for your query. Please could you advise when your 18th birthday is?

      You may still be able to register for citizenship prior to your 18th birthday.

      Alternatively, do you have a grandparent born in the UK? (We see you mentioned your grandfather is naturalised). If you do have a grandparent born in the UK, you may qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.

      • L Munasinghe

        Good Afternoon
        My 18th Birthday will be on 18th February 2015. Both my Mother and Grandfather are naturalized citizens. My Mother applied for me to become a British Citizen as her Dependent under Section 3(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981, but it was rejected. Home office reply states that, ‘Registration of Minors under this provision is at Secretary of State’s discretion; we did not find sufficient grounds for treating the application exceptionally.’ At present, I am studying in Germany and intend to live in Britain very soon.
        Can I appeal the Home Office Decision?

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

          Unfortunately one cannot appeal the home office decision.

          With regards to gaining further information regarding your eligibility for British citizenship, please get in touch with our Nationality department.

          Their email address is: info@philipgamble.co.uk

          They would be able to further investigate and provide you with information regarding a potential status trace.

  • Shannon Davies

    Hi there, I am eligible to apply for an ancestry visa, however my husband is the bread winner in our family, I am able and willing to work but wont earn as well as he would. would this cause a problem for us getting the ancestry visa?

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

      Hi,

      Thanks for your question. There is no requirement as to how much you would be required to earn on the Ancestry visa ( being the main Ancestry visa holder). The most important aspect is that the main Ancestry visa holder is employed in the UK.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any further queries.

  • Ginny’s

    Hi I was born & live in South Africa .. My mother & her parents British citizens with her father worked as a govt official. My mother was a British civilian POW & at the end of the war came out to SA .. Lived here & married a German .. I have docs … Mothers birth registry doc, her marriage cert, her parents marriage cert & her fathers British passport. I was born in SA in 1955 .. & married to a British citizen & living in SA … Would I qualify for British citizenship ,
    Tks Ginny

    • Trav

      Hi Ginny… just read your post.. by the sounds of it, you may be entitled to citizenship.. you may wanna visit
      http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/landing-pages/am-i-british Philip Gamble
      is the best person for info in regards to this and other.. I hope this
      helps :)

      • Ginny’s

        Thanks very much for your prompt and helpful reply. I will follow up with Philip Gamble – it would appear they are probably the most knowledgeable in this area and I also believe familiar with ZA as they have held seminars here. Again appreciate your help :-)

  • D.Vinegar

    I’m a US national, but my Paternal Grandmother was born in Canada prior to 1931, before Canada had political independence from the United Kingdom. Both of her parents were from Sheffield, England. Seems like a stretch, but I wonder if I could make a case for Ancestry Visa.

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

      Hi,

      Unfortunately in order to qualify for a Ancestry visa you would need a UK born grandparent.

      We can can possibly look at your family history and see if there are any other options/routes for you?

      http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/contact-us

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

      Hi,

      Unfortunately in order to qualify for a Ancestry visa you would need a UK born grandparent.

      We can can possibly look at your family history and see if there are any other options/routes for you?

      http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/contact-us

  • Juli Robertson

    Hi, my paternal great grandfather, was born in the UK and served in the British Military. He was sent to South Africa and chose to stay here. I have no birth certificates, only documentation that I obtained from the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. Would I be eligible for UK visa or citizenship? Thanks, Juli Robertson

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

      Hi Juli,

      A standard / direct claim to British nationality is usually possible where the applicant has a parent born in the UK, in your case, you have mentioned your paternal great-grandfather was born in the UK and so it is not entirely clear whether a claim exists for you now.

      Additionally, we must also take into account the position with British nationality for you at birth, we must then look at the status of your parents and also your grandparents. We then have to look at the local nationality of the territories you are connected to before we can confirm if a claim to British nationality exists for you in the modern day. It is therefore impossible to determine your entitlements to British nationality with the limited information available.

      For a free online assessment and a free British passport review, please refer to: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • shaun

    Hi, my mother is claiming Ancestry visa, as her grandparent was born in the UK. can I then claim Ancestry through her

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

      Hi Shaun,

      British nationality is generally only passed one generation by descent for those who have a parent or grandparent born in the UK, so unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to claim through her. However, there might be another route to citizenship for you if you have other ancestors who were born in the UK.

      1st Contact offers a free online assessment which would give you a steer in the right direction in terms of your potential claim to British nationality. To take this free assessment, please refer to the following link: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

      Hope this helps.

  • Joao Ritchie

    Are brazilians eligible? my grandfather was born in Uk, then he came to brazil, married and naturalized. can i apply ?

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

      Hi Joao,

      As a general rule, British nationality is only passed one generation by descent for those born abroad where they have a parent born in the UK.

      The position for claims to British nationality through a grandparent’s birth in the UK is unfortunately not as straight forward, and as a result additional factors have to be looked at to assess whether a claim to British nationality may be possible for you through double descent.

      1st Contact offers a free online assessment which would give you a steer in the right direction in terms of your potential claim to British nationality. To take this free assessment, please refer to the following link: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Linda Pulcella

    how much money must you have in your back account when going on ancestral visa from south africa to uk and if i am living with relatives do i still need to have this amount?

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

      Hi Linda, you will need roughly R25 000 in your bank account for 3 months, regardless of who you are staying with when you arrive.

      • Linda Pulcella

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      • Iron Münger

        Dear sir,

        During the second world war my Grandfather served for the British army in Mauritius Island where he was born and also in Cyprus. It was around 45 years ago. We have all documents that proved it. But however recently soembody told me through this I could get a chance to apply for visa/citizenship in the uk. I have been living for 7years there already and have a Law degree already. Please give me assistance on this matter. Thank you.

  • J Rosenberg

    If I have an ancestral visa and I have been living and working in the uk for 3 years already, if I marry my british passport holder boyfriend; do I get a passport?
    We have been together for 6 years already and both moved to the uk in 2012. I have one british citizen child and currently pregnant with my second.
    Thank you.

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

      Hi,

      Marrying a British Citizen would not lead to you gaining your British Citizenship, you would need to complete 5 years on your Ancestry Visa and then gain your Indefinite Leave to Remain. After holding this for 12 months you can then Naturalise.

  • Donovan snodgrass

    hi i wonder if you can help me , my grandfather served in the royal navy and had a British passport but i am not 100 percent sure that he was born there , would i still be eligible to claim an ancestral visa ?

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

      Hi Donovan,

      If your Grandfather was not born in the UK we will need to find out more information, because you would not be eligible for Ancestry.

      Please send us your contact details, so we can get more information, or you can go onto our website, and complete our online form, with all these details. You will be given the solutions to your claim, and someone will be in touch.

  • R Jackson

    Hi, I’m currently working in the UK on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa, and I am eligible for the UK Ancestry visa through my maternal grandparents. I am Canadian – do I need to go back to Canada to apply for the UK Ancestry visa (before my Tier 5 expires) or can I apply from another country, such as Ireland or another country nearer to the UK?

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

      Hi, yes that is correct, you must go back home and apply fro your Ancestry in Canda

  • Colleen

    Hi I am a British Citizen via my father, have had my passport for over 30 yrs. My son will be 18 in May, what type of visa does he need to come with me to the UK. His father is in the UK, however we have no contact with him, and hope to deal with the passport once we get over there.

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

      Hi Colleen,

      Thank you for the enquiry.

      I need a little more detail around how you and the father acquired your British Passports.

      Depending on that answer, it may be worth while to apply for your sons Passport before he turns 18. Please send us contact details so we can be in touch.

      • Colleen

        Hi

        My son’s father is a British citizen by birth, and I got my citizenship through my father. I do not have contact iwth my son’s father, however I know that is resides in the UK. I will be going to the UK in Jan, and my son will be travelling as well on an ancestral visa. Once we are in the UK and contact his father is he entitled to a British passport

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

          Hi again,

          Because your sons father was born in the UK he would have the ability to do a direct Passport application based on this fact. He will be able to do so after having settled in the UK on his Ancestry Visa.

  • Abbasi

    Dear Administration 1st Contact,

    With great respect I want to bring in your kind notice that our father was a British passport holder & he had been working in England from 1962 to 2002 as an employee in different companies after getting British Citizenship in 1973. He tried applying for the Citizenship of whole family a certain times, i.e. in 1973 & 1990’s respectively just by writing applications but not through proper channel, since then he had been receiving child-allowance as well. We did receive application forms, different query forms & further related documents to claim/register for nationalities but unfortunately we could not do any further progress in this case because of lack of knowledge. Now keeping our late father’s 40 year services for Britain in consideration, I humbly ask that shall our case be considered with due kindness & partially from particular British rules. We had already tried to contact British HOME-OFFICE, Nationality Division, Lunar House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, Survey, CR9 2BY & The Immigration & Nationality Department, Nationality Division 3rd Floor, India Buildings, Waterstreet Liverpool L2OQN & The Department of Social Security, The Benefit Agency, Ealing District Office, P.O. Box 8, Glasgow G 4 0WY through a letter being sent on 29-03-2010. In their replies they referred us to British High commission Islamabad, but we were not able to get any satisfactory relevant answer. As economic situation is deteriorating & law & order situation is getting worse day by day, here in Pakistan, we find future of whole family at stake & want some way out for our entry in Britain on the grounds of Citizenship(along with “Right of Abode”) & sincere services rendered by our late father for Britain. He served with honesty, devotion & commitment & his residential record in UK is a clear proof of that. Although we have not demanded any reward for these honest acts ever before but now it is the need of time due to the adverse, unsafe & threatening environment & unsound economic conditions in our country. As England is the centre of diverse culture & hub for educational activities & also safe with regard to human right issues, we want our children to get benefit out of this region & make their future secure. I request you to please give due attention to my request & offer a helping hand to find out some proper cost-free solution regarding this case, that either all of we and our families can avail British Nationalities or if our children can be facilitated in terms of acquiring higher education on full-fledged scholarships in your country? Since our children are more able and intelligent I believe that they can get a lot of benefit from educational environment like that of England. They are unable to find some proper opportunities to progress in Pakistan. We hardly manage to meet our expenditures hence do not have enough money to hire a professional Solicitor to handle the said case. So, we hope that you will surely manage time to help us out. God will definitely regard your this effort.

    Thanking you..

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

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you for your detailed enquiry.

      From the information provided it is not clear how your father qualified for British nationality. The only way we are able to assess your rights and that of your children is to conduct a proper assessment on your family line.

      In terms of what it is that you are interested in acquiring (i.e. whether you want visas or British nationality) for your family, the advice here would be different.

      Our nationality specialists in London are able to conduct a full assessment on your position and I would suggest you email them at nationality@philipgamble.co.uk.

      In your specific case, I would suggest directing your enquiry to Miss Hendricks at our nationality partner firm – Philip Gamble and Co and she will provide you with a detailed reply once she has a better understanding of the position for your family.

      I trust his has assisted.

      • Abbasi

        Thank you so very much for replying “1st Contact”. your concern in this regard is highly honored. Feel sorry for not mentioning the way our father acquired the British nationality before but it could have been much better if this forum provide an option of attaching files, so the helpless people like we would easily convey our point of views through relevant documents. The procedure of acquiring further information on our matter you mentioned in your reply is no doubt most effective one but I guess they demand some particular amount for every single advisory service, which we can not afford to pay. Therefore I request you to recommend some reliable sources who are willing to advice us free of cost. I will be really grateful to you if you please cooperate further. As far as the matter of our late father’s nationality is concerned, he was born on 3rd March 1936 in the Indo-Pak subcontinent (ruled by British empire at that time), current Murree, Pakistan. He was migrated to Britain in 1962 & very firstly started serving in a civil service post-office(H.M Crown services). He acquired British Citizenship(through registration as a citizen of UK & colonies) in 1973 after a long stay of almost 11 years in Britain. He was also holding a British red passport stating “European community United Kingdom of great Britain & Northern Ireland”on it. As all of we his children & grandchildren are Pakistani born, so I just want to ask can we be eligible in any terms for the British passports/nationalities on the basis of our late grandfather’s British citizenship?Thanks

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

          Hi again,

          As previously mentioned, the only way we are able to assess your rights and that of your children is to conduct a proper assessment on your family line and the various immigration laws and agreements that might affect you. This is a service that our sister company, Philip Gamble, offers. The process of status tracing requires specific expertise so it is not a service that is offered free of cost. You can find out more information about the service, including what the costs might be, by emailing nationality@philipgamble.co.uk.

        • Muhammad tahir Mushtaq

          Dear Brother Abbas,

          I had the same case as yours. My father had British passport we were born in Pakistan. All of your brothers and sisters including you are eligible for British nationality. But your kids are not eligible for British nationality until or unless they are also born in UK. But you could apple for your nationality and then bring them to UK.

          • Abbasi

            Dear Mr. Muhammad Tahir Mushtaq Sb thankyou so much for your sheer concern regarding our case. I will be grateful again if you plz provide me with your contact number & email. So, that I may contact you to know the details in depth & also to find out what’s the proper way of applying & which immigration expert would you suggest me to hire? You can send your contact details either through this comment thread or by sending an email to jsabbasi_jsabbasi@yahoo.com. Stay blessed

  • Jae Moore

    I am almost 4 years into my ancestry visa. Does anyone know the soonest I can start the process to apply for indefinate leave?

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

      Hi Jae,

      You are able to apply for ILR after you have been in the UK for 5 years. The best way to go about it would be to contact us roughly 3 months before your 5 years is up.

      Regards,

      John

  • Scott

    HI, you offer a great service here and it’s appreciated.

    I had one question. As an Australian living in Belgium on a 1 year working holiday visa, am I able to apply for a UK ancestry visa here if I have all the required documents or do I have to return to Australia?

    Thank you

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

      Hi Scott,

      If you hold residency in Belgium then you would have the ability to file your Ancestry Visa while in Belgium.

  • alicia

    Hi my dad was born. In the UK as to all mg grandparents were they all currently live in new Zealand where I’m born what are chances of me moving there with my children

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

      Hi Alicia,

      As your dad was born in the UK, if your parents were married at the time of your birth or any time thereafter you might qualify for a British passport. Your children may also qualify a UK ancestry visas, depending on their ages.

      We have offices in Melbourne that would be best situated to assist you further: http://www.1stcontact.com.au/

      • alicia

        Yes my parents were married before I was born,and all my children are under age of 15

  • georgia mather

    Hi – i was hoping you could help me. I am looking into applying for my ancestry visa from Australia but it’s a bit of a tricky situation. My granddad is a british citizen and has a British passport, however he was born in India. We have a copy of his passport and a letter from the British Government confirming his citizenship.

    Do you think i would be eligible for the ancestry visa or another type of visa?

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

      Hi Georgia,

      Many Commonwealth nationals now have the ability to acquire Ancestry Visas for the UK. However, unfortunately having a grandparent born in a former British Colony does not allow the same. We could still assess your position for a potential claim to British nationality. To do this, please complete our free online assessment and order our British Passport Review service. http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Rajan

    Hi. My wife and I are on tier 4 student visas in the UK (we are both Iraq). This is our 3rd year. Our baby was born and registered March in Plymouth. Can our baby apply to a UK citizenship?

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

      Hi Rajan,

      You can apply for your child’s citizenship is once you and your wife have gained Indefinite Leave to Remain.

  • sau Anthony

    hey, I’m currently living in uk and what i want to know is, my grandfather worked for the British army during second world war. but he is a sri lankan nationality.Is there any chance me to apply for the Ancestry visa.Thanks

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

      Hi sau Anthony,

      To qualify for the Ancestry visa, one must have a UK born grandparent. Unfortunately, service for the Crown or having a grandparent born in a former British Territory does not allow the same. With this in mind, you would have to look to the usual immigration routes to acquire settlement in the UK.

  • Janine Norval

    Hi There. My ancestral Visa will expire next year and I want to know if I can reapply for a new one or get an extension to stay in the uk. I have also heard that if Grandparents who were British and served in WW2 in the army would allow me to aquire a passport…is that true?

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

      Hi Janine, you are able to extend your UK Ancestry visa from within the UK. You might also be eligible for indefinite leave to remain in the UK should you have completed 5 continuous years resident in the UK.

      To answer your query regarding claiming citizenship through your grandfather, this would not be a straight forward claim and further investigation would need to be done by our nationality partner by performing a status trace: http://philipgamble.co.uk/

  • Armando

    If my great grandfather was born in Scotland (my grandmothers father) am i eligible for citizenship?

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

      Hi Armando,

      British nationality is usually passed one generation by descent in the male line where the father is born in the UK.

      With this in mind, we can clearly see that your grandmother would have become British through her father’s birth in the UK. The position with British nationality before 1983 didn’t allow British nationality to pass by descent in the female line and so unless a formal application to acquire British nationality was done for your relevant parent, they would not have acquired British nationality automatically. With this in mind, it’s likely that your relevant parent did not hold any form of British nationality at the time you were born and as such could not pass the same to you by descent. For more information on the various ways in which can qualify for British nationality, please refer to http://www.whatpassport.com

  • Danielle

    Hi my step father can apply for a ancestral visa because his great grandmother and mother was born in the UK, does he have to adopt me in order for me to receive one as well, I am 19 years old would this be an issue?

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

      Hi Danielle,

      Unfortunately you would need to be under the age of 18 to count as a dependent. I’m afraid your step father would also not be able to gain the Ancestry Visa on the back of having a great grandparent born in the UK, only a grandparent.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Shandy McJay

    My granddaughter came into the country on an Ancestral visa, and has been here just over 4 years. Her Visa expires Feb 2016. She has a British partner and they
    have been together for nearly 4 years and both are on the rental agreement as evidence. Is she entitled to have British citizenship now (after 4 years) as his common law wife, because he is British, or does she still have to go through the process of obtaining ILR for a year and then after another year British
    Citizenship?

  • Shandy McJay

    Hello again. I have not had an answer yet?? My question is:
    My granddaughter came into the country on an Ancestral visa, and has
    been here just over 4 years. Her Visa expires Feb 2016. She has a
    British partner and they
    have been together for nearly 4 years and
    both are on the rental agreement as evidence. Is she entitled to have
    British citizenship now (after 4 years) as his common law wife, because
    he is British, or does she still have to go through the process of
    obtaining ILR for a year and then after another year British
    Citizenship?

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

      Hi there,

      As your daughter holds her own individual status in the UK, she would be required to gain indefinite leave to remain after 5 years continuous residency within the country.

      Thereafter she may apply to naturalise as a British citizen?

      I hope this has assisted.

  • Adam Felix

    Good day
    I was born in South Africa under my mothers maiden name and was later legally adopted by my father (not my real father) into his name.
    Now my biological fathers (whose name is on my unabridged birth certificate) entire side of the family comes from the UK (himself included) and holds a British passport.
    Do I in anyway qualify for a passport or ancestral Visa?
    Thank you and I look forward to your reply.

  • Tanya

    Hi,
    If my Grandmother is now a british cistizen and had been living there for over 10 years, as her father was born there.
    Is there any way I can apply for a visa to the UK.
    thanks
    tanya

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

      Hi Tanya,

      Unfortunately you would not be able to apply for a UK visa on your grandmother’s status in the UK.

      Your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK, for you to have been eligible for the UK Ancestry visa.

      • Hussain

        Hi im from Manchester uk and living here nearly 5 yrars here and I heard one thing is my grandparents like my moms dad and mom’s mom my grandparents were born in Pakistan and they came in uk about 1955 and they both got British passport about in 1970 and i born in 1990 and I just want to know can I claim for British citizen or indefinite leave to remain (ilr) can anyone help me to know can I do claim or not that

  • Maryna Fernandes

    Hi my maternal grandfather James Coull was born on 14 August 1899 in Scotland will I be eligible for British citizenship? Regards Maryna

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

      Hi Maryna,

      Based on the fact that you have a UK born grandparent, you would qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.

      Please let us know if you would like assistance with the application process.

  • Alan R

    Hi, my grandmother was born in the UK, and then was adopted and moved to Canada. As she was adopted I believe we don’t have her birth certificate.

    Are there other ways/documents we can use to prove her birth in the UK?

    Regards,
    Alan

  • Saad ahmed

    Dear sir
    My grand father migrated to the uk and was given citizenship I’m I eligible to apply for citizenship through ancestry visa I am from the common wealth if I am eligible please tell me how can I apply and what documents I need for my application

    • Saad ahmed

      Oh yeah forgot to mention my grandfather was not born in the uk but has a few businesses in the uk as well as owns a house my father did not move to the uk as he is a successful politician in Pakistan but he does have shares in the business in the uk so does that make me eligible to move to the uk

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

        Hi Saad,

        Because your grandfather gained his Citizenship through Naturalisation and was not born in the UK this would not allow you to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa unfortunately. In order to do so your grandfather would need to have been born in the UK.

        • Saad ahmed

          Thanks for your reply(^_^)

        • Saad ahmed

          thank you for the reply

  • Ryan Sawicki

    so my paternal grandmother was born in 1928 in North Shields, England in addition my brother is a uk citizen currently. would my family be able to obtain UK Citizenship coming from the US?

  • Desiree

    Do you have an email address I can email regarding a query I have?

  • zaman miah

    Hi, Wondering if you could advice about how come my mother could be stay permanently in UK. She is born before 1982, commonwealth Citizen now, her late father became British citizen after her birth. Is there any way she is entitled to claim in this situation?

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

      Hi Zaman,

      There is quite a bit of information, like date of birth of all concerned, how the father became british, when etc.

      The easiest way to get a quick answer is to complete our free online assessment at http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx and you will get results based on the information provided.

  • Christine Taljaard

    After loads of research…My partner will be able to claim UK citizenship – Born in South Rhodesia 1974, granddad born in UK. BUT the ancestral route seems easier as you do not need to prove that you meet the financial requirements to have spouse & dependents join you?

  • Tuaine Keenan

    Hi,

    I am a New Zealander currently living in the UK on the YMS visa. My

    visa expires in November but I am eligible to apply for an Ancestry

    visa.

    In terms of maintenance funds I haven’t got enough saved but my

    parents said they will gift me the money needed before I apply, is this sufficient or does the money need to be in the account for a long period of time?

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

      Hi Tuaine,

      It is preferable to have the funds in an account in your name for 3 months, but if the money is gifted to you, it only has to be in your account for 1 day.

      Are you aware that in order to apply, you would need to return to New zealand and make your application there?

  • Adam vd Walt

    hi if my mother was born in zambia in 1953 would i be able to get an ancestral passport. I was born in Rodesia on the 13 October 1974

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

      Hi Adam,

      The older UK Colonial Nationality regulations make special provision for British Citizenship to be passed numerous generations when a connection with a UK Protectorate or Protected State is involved. This is complicated for Northern Rhodesia because of the formation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953). We would also have to take account of the arrangements for the dissolution of the Federation and the independence arrangements for Zambia. The best way for us to examine your position is to complete our free online assessment and order our British Passport review service.

      https://philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Adam vd Walt

    hi if my mother was born in zambia in 1953 would i be able to get an ancestral passport. I was born in Rodesia on the 13 October 1974

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

      Hi Adam, we’ve responded below.

  • Rizwan Tahir

    United India (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) was also part of UK in 1922, are these people also eligible under this category?

  • matthew foster

    What if my grand parent was born after 1922 ie 1939

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

      Hi Matthew,

      It shouldn’t make a difference when your grand parent was born as long as he/she was born in the UK. Feel free to fill in our free passport assessment form here to see your options: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Kyle Mertsch

    Hi there.
    My mother, her two brothers and her parents were born in Kenya and moved to South Africa when she was 1, all 5 of them have British passports with my one uncle currently living in Australia (with Aussie Citizenship) would it be possible for myself (17) and my brother (16) to get a UK passport? I was possibly planning on joining the UK armed forces (Eligible due to Commonwealth Status) which would mean waiting 5 years for citizenship. So what I’m basically asking is, could i get a passport due to my Mothers side of the family having UK passports ?

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

      Hi Kyle,

      This is not a direct claim but that doesn’t mean that you definitely don’t qualify. You can fill in the free assessment from our partners, Philip Gamble, here https://philipgamble.co.uk/landing-pages/am-i-british which should be able to give you a better indication of the options available to you.

  • Mary Belluomini

    I am considering attending college in the UK and wondering if having this visa would grant me the same status for tuition as a citizen.

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

      Hi Mary,

      Visa holders still need to pay full tuition, but an Ancestry Visa can lead to citizenship at a later stage.

  • pablo

    Hello my grandmother born in Gibraltar, can I apply for Ansestry visa with my wife and my 2 son’s of 11 and 7 years old ?
    Thank you so much.

  • pablo

    Hello my grandmother born in Gibraltar UK, can I apply for Ansestry visa with my wife and my 2 son’s of 11 and 7 years old ?

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

      Hi Pablo,

      Under the UK Immigration Policy for Ancestry Visas, Commonwealth Citizens who can show that their grandparent was born in the UK may apply for a visa that will allow them to stay in Britain for a period of five years. Unfortunately, having a grandparent with a British passport or having a grandparent born in a former British Colony does not allow the same. You would have to rely on the usual immigration rules to acquire a visa for the UK.

  • Louise Sarah

    My grandfather was a naturalised UK citizen and fought in the war – would I be able to get an ancestory visa based on his service to the crown?

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

      The UK Ancestry visa is granted on ones grandparent being born in the UK.

      However, our partner firm Philip Gamble may be able to assess your eligibility for citizenship based on your grandfather’s Crown service.

      Should you be happy I will request one of the consultants get in touch with you.

  • Jadon

    Hello
    My wife’s grandmother was born in Belfast (Northern Ireland) in 1919.
    As far as I know, this would allow her to qualify for an Irish passport, or for a UK ancestral visa.
    My question is: If we qualify for a UK ancestral visa, do we have to live and work in the UK and Channel Islands?
    For example, are the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat (British Overseas Territories) also a possible destination to live and work on this visa?

    Thanks.

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

      Hi Jadon,

      Your Ancestry Visa would give you entry clearance into these territories but it would affect your ability to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years on the Ancestry Visa.

      • Jadon

        Thanks.
        Can you list all the territories that will allow entry clearance on the Ancestry Visa?
        Regarding Indefinite Leave to Remain: Do you mean in the UK?
        Could I not apply for citizenship of the territory?

        Thanks,

        Jadon

  • Jen

    My grandfather was born (and lived) in the British Dominion of Newfoundland, which was the last province to join Canada in 1949. Could I be eligible for an ancestral visa as well?

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

      Hi Jen,

      Under the UK Immigration Policy for Ancestry Visas, Commonwealth Citizens who can show that their grandparent was born in the UK may apply for a visa that will allow them to stay in Britain for a period of five years. Unfortunately, having a grandparent with a British passport or having a grandparent born in a former British territory does not allow the same. Notwithstanding any of that mentioned above, connections with former British territories may still give rise to other claims. For this reason, we would suggest you get in touch with our Nationality parter, Philip Gamble & Partners for an assessment on your position. They offer a free assessment service whereby they will examine your family tree and inform you of the likelihood of you having a claim to British nationality. The assessment can be found athttps://philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      • Jen

        Thank-you!

  • Harshit Sheth

    my grandmother was born in aden colony 1923. i have her british passport along with me which is in a very good condition
    can i apply for ancestry visa ?

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

      Hi Harshit,

      Under the UK Immigration Policy for Ancestry Visas, Commonwealth Citizens who can show that their grandparent was born in the UK may apply for a visa that will allow them to stay in Britain for a period of five years. Unfortunately, having a grandparent with a British passport or having a grandparent born in a former British Colony unfortunately does not allow the same. Connections with former territories could however still be helpful for claims to British nationality. To assess the likelihood of your chances of having a claim to British nationality, please complete our FREE online immigration and nationality assessment and order our British Passport Review service. The assessment can be found at http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Kim Mason

    Why can’t you use great grandparents, if you still have contact with family members in the uk?

  • Cynthia Hart

    I have an ancestral visa, what I want too know is, how many days can i be out of the UK in the full 5 year period of the visa. At the moment I have been going to South Africa for about 30 days every year. Someone told me I can go to SA for 90 days per year. Is this correct? Regards Cynthia

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

      Hi Cynthia,

      You are allowed to spend 180 days out of the country for each of the 5 years.

      The year runs from visa issue date and not a calendar year

  • Suzie Q

    I am a US citizen whose mother was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, as were both of her parents. Am I eligible for an Ancestry Visa?

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

      Hi Suzie,

      Unfortunately, as your husband has been outside of the UK for longer than 2 years, his ILR would have been revoked.

      • Suzie Q

        Thank you for your reply, but I am confused. What does my husband have to do with my mother and grandparents being British subjects; and how would that affect my eligibility for an ancestry visa?

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

          Hi Suzie Q, Apologies for the confusion. As you are a US citizen unfortunately you would not qualify for the UK Ancestry visa. This being due to the US not being part of the Common Wealth.

          Based on your mum’s birth in the UK, you may be eligible for UK registration.

  • cameron

    My blood grandmother put my mum up for adoption at birth, and I have never had contact with her. She was from England. If I am able to get her birth certificate, what chance would I have of getting an ancestry visa?

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

      If you are able to show your lineage through the necessary unabridged birth certificates on which all parents should be listed, then the Ancestry application would be possible. Please let me know if we can be of assistance in this regard.

      • cameron

        Thanks for your reply. Do you mean I would need my blood grandfathers as well? As he is even more out of contact and I think he was Canadian. I managed to find my grandmothers Birth Certificate online. Well I think it is hers, as it says her name and the same town which it says on my mothers adoption certificate. The only problem is that it says 1937 on it, when the adoption paper says she was born in 1933. Would this be a problem?

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

          Hi cameron,

          We can source British born unabridged birth certificates as part of our Ancestry Visa service. One grandparent should be enough. Please let me know if you’d like for one of our consultants to get in touch with more details about the service we offer.

  • jack

    I am currently on a tier 5 ymv but due to job opportunity wish to get a new visa to stay longer. understanding I have to return to my home country to apply for this can I apply before the end of my tier 5 visa? ie can I end it early?

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

      Hi Jack, once you have a sponsor, and have been issued with your COS ( certificate of sponsorship). You may then be able to go home to lodge your application for the Tier 2 employment sponsored visa. This would then supersede your current Tier 5 visa.

      • jack

        What about with an ancestry visa? Would that supersede and work the same?
        Thanks

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

          Any visa application will supersede the current visa you are holding.

  • Mark Currie

    As far as I an see I qualify for an ancestral visa. My only challenge is I have no proof of my grandparents birth. Is there a way I can find this in a registry or similar ? Any help in this regard will be appreciated.

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

      Hi Mark.

      We can assist in sourcing the British born Birth Certificate, but would need certain details like date and place of birth. This would form part of our Ancestry Visa application package.

  • Stephanie Peart

    Hi there!

    My grandfather was British (and lived in England most of his life, even passed away there), and my father and all of his siblings have British passports. I also have close family living in London. I meet all the requirements to be eligible to an ancestry visa BUT the commonwealth citizenship – I am from Brazil. Do you know if there is any chance I can apply? Thanks!!

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

      Hi Stephanie,

      There are instances where you could acquire commonwealth citizenship by descent. Your best option would be to speak to our partners Philip Gamble & Co who specialise in more complex nationality cases. They would need to examine your family tree before they’re able to confirm the position here. We spoke to one of their consultants, Kelly, and she said you’re welcome to email her at immigration@philipgamble.co.uk.

      • Stephanie Peart

        Oh, great! Thanks for being so helpful! :)

  • Locklen Wright

    Hi there I am looking at applying for the ancestiol visa but am not sure about what funds are required

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

      You will need to have sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK for the first two months of £650/month. We suggest a minimum closing balance of between R20 000 – R 25 000 in your most recent bank statement. 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. If you’d like, you can provide an email address and one of our consultants will get in touch with more details?

      • Linda Pulcella

        hi can you send me more information on sponsor support,my dad is sponsoring my self and my daughter to go to the
        uk

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

          Hi Linda,

          Unfortunately it is not possible for an individual to sponsor family members in order to obtain a visa to the UK. You will either need to have UK born grandparents, a UK partner or obtain a certificate of sponsorship for an employer in the UK in order to apply for the Tier 2 sponsorship visa.

          • Linda Pulcella

            Hi
            Sorry I realized afterward I posted it was wrong. We are going to uk on ancestry what my question was supposed to be about is the lump sum of money.my dad is giving me r40 000 which will be deposited before I go.do I need a letter from him regarding the money given as it is a big amount. Thank u
            Regards
            Linda

            Linda Pulcella

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

            Hi Linda,

            You will need to show between R25000 and R35000 per applicant and your father will need to provide a letter stating that the money was gifted to you.

  • Rod Marshall

    Hi, my father was born in the UK and emigrated to Australia, I have his birth certificate. Can I access this Visa? if so does this Visa allow for travel in the Euro zone?

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

      Hi Rod. Since your father was born in the UK, you should be able to claim UK citizenship. You can find out more here: http://enter.1stcontact.com/children-of-unmarried-british-fathers/

      You can also claim an Ancestry visa through your UK-born grandparents, but this would not grant you EU entry while the passport would.

  • Jessica Walsh

    I have a grandparent who was born in Newfoundland while it was still British territory. Does that fit the requirements?

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

      Hi Jessica. Unfortunately Ancestry requires the grandparent to have been born in the UK itself.

  • shobhit

    Hi , I came to UK on 26th January 2011 . My visa type was Intra company transfer. I am going to complete 5 years in uk this december + My visa is extended for next 2 years (till 2017 ). My salary is more than 43000 K . But leave to remain rules changed in 2011 . I am confused for my eligibility ? Please comment and tell me if i am eligible for Indefinate leave to remain . I came before 7th april 2011 , so i have unlimited extension .But am i eligible for ILR ? thnx in advance

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

      You will be eligible for ILR once you have completed 5 continuous years in the UK on the same visa and have not been outside of the UK for longer than 180 days in a 12 month period.

      • shobhit

        Thanks for reply ,but according to UK gov link (https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk/y/you-have-a-work-visa/tier-2-intra-company-transfer )

        I am NOT eligible , because of this paragraph (copied from above link).

        To qualify, you must have had at least one of these visas in the 5 years:

        1) Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) issued under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010

        2) Work Permit for an intra-company transfer

        and i came in UK on 26th jan 2011. so , i do not fulfill this criteria.

        i am sorry , i am NOT at all testing your knowledge but i am confused because of this above criteria and honestly need your opinion on same.

        thankyou very much in advance
        shobhit

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

          The link which you refer to states that you will need to hold the same visa for a period of 5 years. If you would like, we can give you a call to explain in further detail.

          • shobhit

            yes please, can you call me on 07438560008

  • Rocky Roberts

    I’m wondering if my British mother and grandparents moved to the United State’s in the late sixties and I was my mother’s first born son on American soil my birth year 1976 she has her green card saved both of my English grandparents are deceased. Looking to uptain dual citizenship or citizenship of the United Kingdom or Great Britain before 1983. Very proud of my heritage and my family the Robinson name. It so happens my last name is Roberts. My parents we’re married before I was born so I’m not a bastard child as far as I know. Please help me understand what to do and how to talk. I’m by no means trying to offend anyone. Oh yes my mother from was Staffordshire England. My father was American.

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

      Hi Rocky,

      If your mother was born in the UK before 1983, you would have a standard claim to nationality.

      If you like, we can pass on your contact details to our nationality partners Philip Gamble & Partners and an adviser can get in touch with you to assist you with applying for British nationality.

      • Rocky Roberts

        Yes, I would greatly appreciate that I have always want see my heritage my family. I do have family still in England somewhere, however we have never known each other. Thank you I would certainly be grateful the help and hospitality.

  • Anita Moore

    Hi, my great grandfather was born in Portsmouth in 1848 and went to India, he was a orderly room sergeant went to serve in India and married there and had 13 children in India. Some of his children came to London and some stayed back in (British India). My family is now in Lahore-pakistan. I am a citizen here but was curious if my siblings and mother would be eligible for British passport..

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

      Hi,

      From the information provided, it would appear that your grandfather will have been a British citizen by descent from your great-grandfather. There are a number of factors one needs to consider when looking at claims like this and it’s not possible to tell what your father’s status was at the time of your parents’ marriage or at the time when your siblings were born.

      With this in mind, I would suggest you get in touch with our nationality partner, Philip Gable & Partners at info@philipgamble.co.uk

  • Adeel

    Dear Administration,

    I am living in uk more than 5 years and could you advise me on behalf of my grandfather who served his life with the British India Army and fought many battles with British Army and received many recognition letters and recommendations for order of the British India awarded and main award he received is Royal Victoria Medal, no (Victoria Cross) and can i eligible to apply for ancestry visa in uk.
    Reply me please many thanks.

  • Adeel

    Dear Administration

    I am living in uk more than 5 years and my grandfather was in Indian British Army century ago, he fought many battles with British Army and received bettle’s awards and moreover received many letters and received main award Royal Victoria Meda, not(Victoria Cross) in 1906.

    Could you advise me please that can i apply for ancestry visa in uk.

    Many thanks

  • Rocky Roberts

    I’m not sure the people are understanding where I’m coming from my mother and grandparents came over from England in the sixties all of them where citizens of Great Britain I being the son of my mother was born on American soil before 1983 in other words I was born in 1976 my mother my grandmother my grandfather on my mother’s side we’re all from Great Britain they all left Great Britain and came to America I am the first born American child first male child 39 years of age basically my mother still has to this day her green card from Great Britain well she is now an American citizen and so is my deceased grandparents I also have family still in England not sure where my mother came from it shows on my birth certificate Staffordshire England she was about 12 I know without a doubt that I should be allowed to become a citizen of the UK

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

      Hi Rocky,

      Unless your mother formally renounced her citizenship when she went to America, you can claim citizenship because your mother was born in the UK before 1983. It is possible for her to hold both British and American citizenship, but even if she formally renounced her British citizenship when she went to America, Philip Gamble should still be able to assist you.

  • chevy chase

    I would like to apply for an ancestry visa along with my wife and 4 children. My son is now 23 years old and the rest are under 18 I would like to bring my whole family along but what about my 23 year old son can I apply for him to join me aswel? I cannot leave him as they is no work in zimbabwe and no future for him and he will have no family left he will be on his own. Please help!!

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

      Hi,

      Unfortunately only children under the age of 18 are considered for the dependency visa.

      Your son would need to look into the Tier 4 student visa, however this does not lead to settlement within the UK.

  • Tasch Garland

    Hi there, both of my grandparents were born in New Zealand however both families immigrated from Britain just prior to this and I have a family tree that dates back to England in the 1200’s. Being most definitely of British ancestry and in possession of proof as much, is there no entry at all still to work in the UK for me? I find this very perplexing.

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

      Hi,

      The UK Ancestry visa is granted on the basis of one’s grandparents having been born in the UK. As your grandparents were born in New Zealand unfortunately there is no Ancestry claim.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard vivian richard

    my Nigerian grandma is married to my British step grandpa and they leave in Nigeria. Can their grandduagther a UK graduate qualify for a work visa or a stay?

  • http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard Miss Vivian Higgins

    my Nigerian grandma is married to my British step grandpa and they leave in Nigeria. Can their granddaughter a UK graduate qualify for a work visa or a stay?

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

      Hi,

      As your grandma was not born in the UK and the visa can not pass through step-parents, your best option would be applying for a Tier 2 (skilled worker) visa.

      More info:

      The Tier 2 scheme operates in the UK to use skilled foreign nationals to fill gaps in the UK labour market. These are commonly areas deemed to be in short supply or specialist to the extent that a suitable UK or EU applicant cannot be found.

      The process requires sponsorship of an employer as it is they who are the main applicant. With this in mind we have an excellent track record of representing individuals and companies to have Tier 2 licensed and visas issued.

      The Tier 2 visa is a point based system. Points are awarded for what are called ‘Attributes’, for which you need to score a minimum of 50 points. These are acquired under the headings below:

      • Certificate of Sponsorship;

      • Prospective earnings; and

      • Qualifications

      • http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard Miss Vivian Higgins

        Thank you for reply. I’m waiting for my Masters Graduation which is in December. Also I’ve been getting alot of jobs offer, but my visa has no work permit. How do i go about the Teir 2 visa please? Thank you.

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

          Hi,

          You would apply for a job at a company or organisation that can issue certificates of sponsorship (only certain companies have that ability). Once you have an offer of employment/certificate of sponsorship, we can assist you in applying for the visa.

  • Arefin

    Hello , My Grandfather served in British Army while ( before 1947 ). He never claimed or been to England. He died 2 years before. Will that give me right to Visa for UK ? What kind of proof do I need to apply. Thanks in Advance for your help .

  • Chloe

    My two year old son’s father and grandfather were both born in England. We are no longer together and I may want to travel over there for work purposes. Can I get a Visa to work their based off my son being eligible for an Ancestry Visa?

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

      Hi Chloe,

      Unfortunately you can not obtain a visa through your son’s ancestry. Your only option to go over and work in the UK is the Tier 2 visa for skilled workers. You can find out more information about that particular visa here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom/uk-work-permits.aspx please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Philile Ndlovu

    Hello
    My mum and dad left Zimbabwe as refuges in 2002 along with 4
    of our siblings, me and my one sister had already turned 18 so we did not
    qualify to go with them. The whole family has since been granted British citizenship
    and are holders of British Passports. Is there a chance that we can apply for
    this Ancestry Visa and if not can you point us in the direction we have to take
    to join our family.

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

      Hi Philile,

      Unfortunately you won’t qualify for an Ancestry visa. The Ancestry visa requires that your grandparents were born in UK and other citizenship options require that your parents were likewise born in the UK.

      You can fill in this free passport assessment at our nationality partner Philip Gamble & Partners and it should establish if there are any other options for you and your sister.

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

      You may also want to look at the option of studying in the UK or going to the UK on a skilled work visa.

  • Wayne

    Hi, My wife and Children are all British citizens and will be returning to live in the UK. We have been married for 23 years and have lived in South Africa all that time. My kids were all born here but have British passports. I know I qualify for an Ancestral visa as I have my grandfathers birth certificate, born in the UK in 1902. However I believe there is a partners visa, called EAA partners visa. Can you shed some light on this please? It seems this is a free visa and only NHS fees apply. My wife leaves for the UK in October and we plan to follow in January.

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

      Hi Wayne,

      The EEA partners visa/family permit is available to citizens of the EU. You can read more about it here: http://enter.1stcontact.com/eea-family-permit-experts/

      As your wife is a British citizen, you would probably be looking at a UK partner visa (more info here: http://enter.1stcontact.com/spouse-and-partner-visa-uk/ )

      The Ancestry visa would probably be preferable for you as there is no minimum income requirement and it can lead directly to ILR (vs the partner visa which would need to be renewed).

      If you like, we can ask one of our visa consultants to give you a call to answer any further questions you might have about your options?

  • Jan Strydom

    Hi, I have a quick question, I qualify for a ancestral visa, I was just wondering if my long time partner of 3 years (girlfriend, unmarried) can also get some sort of visa that would allow her to come with to stay with me and also work there? We are thinking of going to try and work in the U.K. Your help would be greatly apprecaited.

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

      Hi Jan, your partner can go over on the partner visa but you will need to earn over a minimum income threshold in order to qualify to take a partner. You can find out more about the partner visa here: http://enter.1stcontact.com/spouse-and-partner-visa-uk/

  • Jan Strydom

    Hi, I have a quick question, I qualify for a ancestral visa, I was just wondering if my long time partner of 3 years (girlfriend, unmarried) can also get some sort of visa that would allow her to come with to stay with me and also work there? We are thinking of going to try and work in the U.K. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Lesley

    What if my late fiancé was British and I have 2 kids with him ( 3years and 8months) can they qualified

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

      Hi Lesley,

      Was your late fiance born in the UK?

  • Chezney Dale Van Groeningen

    Hi 1st Contact. I want to know Can I get UK passport?, Because my grandmother was born in UK since 50 years ago and now she is live in US.

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

      Hi,

      Where were you born Chezney?

      • Chezney Dale Van Groeningen

        I was born in South Africa.

  • nashcowboy

    Hi,
    My grandmother was born in England around 1920’s. she moved to the US during war times and eventually became an American Citizen. Would I be able to apply for an Ancestry Visa?

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

      Hi,

      It depends on where you were born.

      • nashcowboy

        I was born in the US.

        • 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.

  • Douglas Bumby

    I am a Canadian citizen and I’m looking for the best way to eventually get a EU passport. I’ve been doing some research about the ancestral visa. My grandmother is alive, but she was born in Canada. Her grandmother or great grandmother were born in England. Would I be eligible for the ancestral visa?

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

      Hi Douglas,

      Unfortunately your gran would have to have been born in the UK for you to qualify. Your great grandmother is a generation too far.

  • Caron Grundlingh

    Hi, I am eligible for a UK Ancestry visa and have all my paperwork etc. My question is if my partner is eligible to go work in the UK while I remain in South Africa? Does she qualify for marriage rights?

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

      Hi Caron,

      What precisely do you mean by marriage rights? Unfortunately with UK immigration there are no rights inherently granted by marriage. Your long-term partner can acquire a visa to join you in the UK and, having stayed in the UK for enough years on this partner visa, can eventually gain citizenship. You would have to be there together for this time however as her visa would be dependent on yours. Once she gained citizenship she would be able to live and work in the UK independently.

  • junain

    My great grand parents were both uk citizens does that mean I can apply for a Ancestral Visa if I have their birth certificates

  • Samantha

    Hi could you please help me my friend has been over here for 5 and a half years he left 6 weeks ago and returned to Pakistan as his visa was about to expire is he eligible to apply for a citizenship because he has been in the UK for 5 years?

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

      Hi Samantha,

      Unfortunately as his visa has since expired, and he is no longer residing in the UK, he will not be eligible for indefinite leave to remain within the UK.

  • charles umraniya

    Hy i am chalres…and i am indian passport holder bt my grand mother is a british passport holder and now she is dead and my family has her passport so can i apply for ansestry visa to uk and change my citizenship?

  • Pamela Barker

    My daughter born in U.K. 1962 has lived in N.Z. for the last 50 years Not classed as a N.Z. without applying for Citizenship. Parents born in the U.K. Can she apply for a British Passport. Arrived N.Z. on a family Passport 1965

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

      Hi Pamela,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I would suggest you sign up for our nationality partner, Philip Gamble and Partners, free British Passport Review service. You can do so here: http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment.

      Their specialists will personally review your daughter’s position and will give you an indication as to their eligibility. Once you have inputted all your family information, please select “Order BPR”. Please note that the more information you are able to provide, the more accurate your assessment will be. Your results will be sent to you within 5 working days. A consultant will be in touch once we have your results.

      • Pamela Barker

        Thank you for your reply to my enquiry.
        My daughter was born in England Birth Certificate can be provided, also the British Family Passport number we entered N.Z. on in 1965. Both parents born in England Certificates can be provided also Grandparents born U.K. Will there be a problem applying for a British Passport ?
        regards
        Pamela
        ur enquiry. I would suggest you sign up for our nationality partner, Philip Gamble and Partners, free British Passport Review service. You can do so here: http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment. Their specialists will personally review your daughter’s position and will give you an indication as to their eligibility. Once you have inputted all your family information, please select “Order BPR”. Please note that the more information you are able to provide, the more accurate your assessment will be. Your results will be sent to you within 5 working days. A consultant will be in touch once we have your results.” Settings

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        Hi Pamela,

        Thank you for your enquiry.

        I would suggest you sign up for our nationality partner, Philip Gamble and Partners, free British Passport Review service. You can do so here: http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/….
        Their specialists will personally review your daughter’s position and will give you an indication as to their eligibility. Once you have inputted all your family information, please select “Order BPR”. Please note that the more information you are able to provide, the more accurate your assessment will be. Your results will be sent to you within 5 working days. A consultant will be in touch once we have your results.
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  • Kylie Morton

    Hi there, I am super new to getting visas and are very confused. I understand that to get this visa I need my grandfather to be born in the U.K. But my great grandfather was born in the uk in 1921. I know you can’t use a great grandfather but can you use one of they were born before 1922 the cut off year? I’d love your advice. I want to be sure before I rule out this visa and got for a T5. Thank you in advance. – confused just want to be sure NZ citizen

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

      Unfortunately you would need to have a UK born grandparent, a great grandparent is a generation too far back, so the T5 is the way to go.

      • Hussain

        Hi im from Manchester uk and living here nearly 5 yrars here and I heard one thing is my grandparents like my moms dad and mom’s mom my grandparents were born in Pakistan and they came in uk about 1955 and they both got British passport about in 1970 and i born in 1990 and I just want to know can I claim for British citizen or indefinite leave to remain (ilr) can anyone help me to know can I do claim or not that

  • Ryan

    Hello,

    I’m on an ancestry visa and it ends next year and I would like to get citizenship at the end. I understand there is a 12 month period of ILR before I can do that though.
    I have a long term partner who I met in the UK and a son. We are engaged but not married yet. When we do marry, would that remove the 12 month waiting period?
    Would I be able to apply for ILR and then immediately apply for citizenship through naturalisation?
    The whole situation is made trickier by the fact that we are all moving to Australia as soon as possible. So i’d like the fastest route to citizenship possible.

    any advice would be very appreciated

  • Cheryl Henderson

    Hi
    I am just wondering on a long shot. I am in the UK on a tier 5 work visa from Australia. I love it here and would love to stay longer. I understand I cant have a ancestry visa from my grandmothers husband who is English as he is not my biological grandparent. My sister whose father is different from mine but we have same mother is able to get an ancestry visa as her biological father who died was English. As I am related to my sister is there anyway I would be entitled. I know I am grasping at straws here, but thought it was worth asking.
    Thankyou

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

      Hi Cheryl,

      Unfortunately there is no way to claim through your sister. Your best option to stay would be either a Tier 4 study visa or a Tier 2 skilled worker visa. You can find out more about these visa options on our website here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom/uk-work-permits.aspx

  • Melanie

    Good day

    If all four of my grandparents held British passports (all their parents were born in England) but they were all born in South Africa during the time of being a British colony, would that entitle me to apply for an ancestry visa or did I just miss it by one generation?
    In addition, there seem to be other possible contributing factors and exceptions with regards to birth dates and marriage dates of my parents etc. Would you be able to shed some light on these? Google has not been of much help in this department.

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

      Hi Melanie,

      Unfortunately you do miss out on the Ancestry by one generation. If you’d like to investigate other nationality possibilities regarding the above mentioned contributing factors, we can highly recommend you fill in the free passport assessment form with our nationality partners Philip Gamble & Partners. They specialise in this kind of investigation and you will be given the option to order a free passport review at the end: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Priscilla

    Hi,
    My grandmother was born in the UK in 1922 (immigrated to Australia in 1928) and my father was born in Australia in 1959. Is my father eligible for a British passport and if he is would I also be eligible (I was born in 1988)?
    I understand I can apply for an ancestry visa but was hoping to get a British passport if it is possible.
    Thanks for your help!

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

      Hi,

      Your father would be eligible to register as a British Citizen unfortunately this would not pass down to his children. The Ancestry Visa would be your best option.

  • Erica Lombard

    Hi there,

    I am currently living in the UK on a youth mobility visa (almost 1 year into it) with my partner of 3 years. My partner is on an ancestry visa and came to the UK about 5 months before I did, so he’s been here over a year now.

    I would really like to find a way to stay in the UK and am wondering if it would be possible to piggy back on my partner’s visa? Any advice?

    Thanks,
    Erica

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

      Hi Erica,

      Yes, you should be able to switch your visa to a spouse/partner visa dependent on your partner’s Ancestry Visa. You can find out more about the requirements here: http://enter.1stcontact.com/switch-your-visa/

  • George

    Hello,

    I was born in the US, and my mother and both of my grandparents were born in the UK, not to mention the previous 10 generations. Would I be able to apply for an ancestry visa? My mother is retiring and I would like to be able to move to and work in the UK to be close to her, I hold an BS type education and other advanced training; considered a specialist in my field. Thanks for any information you can provide me.

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

      Hi George,

      Unfortunately the Ancestry Visa only applies to those born in Commonwealth countries. However, with your qualifications you should consider applying for a Tier 2 skilled visa. You can find out more about it on our website here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom/uk-work-permits.aspx

  • Warren Martin Dellow

    I can not find any info for me and my wifes issue with IRL, I arrived from ZAR in 2011 and she joined me exactly 1 year after me as my depentent so all i am looking for is I will be doing my IRL next year but what about her? do we do it the same time as my self which means she has not been here for 5 years but she has worked the full 4 years or do we wait then to her 5 year? remember she had come as my dependant. the on her visa it states “visa to acc partner XXX ME XXX

    it was issued 20/09/2012 but it expires 01/06/2016 which is the date that mine expires which means she can not do the full 5 years

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

      Hi,

      Because your wife was issued with her Spousal Visa before the change on the 9th of July 2012, you would be able to do the ILR at the same time.

  • ahmed

    hi I have a question my grandfather had british nationality but he did not born in uk he worked here for long time than he got pension than he died here my father is in Pakistan he came here on visit visa my question is that is he eligible for permanent stay on basis of his father nationality.

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

      Hi Ahmed,

      Unfortunately he would only be eligible for citizenship if your grandfather was born in the UK or if your father was born in the UK while your grandfather held settled status there.

  • anna

    hi my maternal grandparent was British my parent is overseas british citizen currently holding British nationality unfortunately i born in india and grewup in india. currently holding Indian passport As i came to africa on Work permit visa .As my parent decide to call me in uk on Ancestry visa is it possible to get visa? i have a enough saving,been visited uk more than 3 time from last 2 year on family basis have own property in Africa. just want to know can i apply for this visa.
    Your reply will be higly appreciated

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

      Hi,

      Your grandparent will need to have been born in the UK in order to qualify for an Ancestry visa. If this is the case 1st Contact will be happy to assist you with the application .

  • Jennifer Singh

    If your grandparent was born in Newfoundland prior to 1948 and has a UK passport are you eligible?

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

      Hi Jennifer,

      the Ancestry Visa only applies to grandparents born in the UK itself, but you can visit our nationality partners, Philip Gamble & Partners, to investigate any other options you may have. They have a free, online, assessment form at: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Sam DuPont

    Hello
    I’m a 25 year old French national and I have studied in the UK between 2008 and 2013 and have been working in the UK since 2013. I was not born in a Commonwealth country, but my mother is a British passport holder (she wasn’t born in a Commonwealth country either).

    When can I apply for the British passport?

    Thanks

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

      Hi, your mother would need to have been born in the UK or spent three consecutive years in the UK on a British passport before you were born in order for you to apply for British Citizenship.

  • Virginia Stroud

    Can one get an Ancestral Visa if you grandparent born on Island of St Helena?

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

      The Ancestry visa is granted on having a UK born grandparent, St Helena does not count unfortunately

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

      Unfortunately not, your grandparent would have to have been born in the UK itself.

  • ahmed

    Hello I asked this question before but no one replied . Can any one help me my grandfather had British nationality he did not born in uk he born in 1925 in Pakistan when Pakistan and India were under British protection my father born in1952 in Pakistan my grandfather came in uk in1958 he obtained British citizen in 1974 through registration as citizen of united kingdom and colonies he worked here for long time then he got pension and than he died here he registered my father as his son and my grandfather used to receive child allowance my father is in Pakistan he comes here on visit visa my question is that is my father eligible for permanent stay through his father

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

      We would suggest you visit our nationality partners, Philip Gamble and Partners and sign up for the free British Passport Review service. You can do so here:http://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment.

  • Riz

    I have a Kenyan Passport (Born in Kenya 1977), My mother has a Kenyan Passport (born in Kenya) as well, My maternal Grand mother had a British passport (deceased now) but my maternal Grand father gave his British nationality for Kenyan nationality back in the day. My question do i qualify for a British Nationality?

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

      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.

  • gillian

    Hello,

    My great grandfather was born in England and I understand that that is one generation too far for me to apply for ancestry, but my mother would be able to apply. If she were to obtain an ancestry visa would I be able to ‘piggy back’ off of her visa? I am 24 so am not a ‘dependent’ but was wondering what my options were? Or would I have to wait until she applies for citizenship after 5 years and then I could as well?

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

      Unfortunately she would have had to claim her citizenship before you were born for you to be able to benefit from it or you would have to be under the age of 18 and apply as a dependent.

  • Lee

    Dear 1st Contact.
    I would like to immigrate with my two sons to the UK. They are below 18 years. I have a British passport however they were born in South Africa. Their Grandfather was born in London. Which visa would I need for them and can I get an Ancestory visa?

  • motivationtheory.y

    Hello, My Grandfather migrated to the USA from England where I also was born and raised in Michigan. I am now 62 yrs old now. Do I have any chance of getting the ancestral visa? I’ve always wanted to live in and work in England. I have several friends there.I have a BA in Business Management. What are my chances?

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

      Hi, unfortunately in order to qualify for an Ancestry visa you would have to have been born in a commonwealth country. Your best bet would be the Tier 2 general visa.

      • motivationtheory.y

        Yes I understand now the rules regarding being born in a commonwealth country, however you mentioned the best bet would be the Tier 2. Can you elaborate on what the Tier 2 visa is and what are its requirements?

  • motivationtheory.y

    What is the tier 2 visa if your Grandfather was born and raised in England but migrated to the USA?

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

      You can find out more about the different categories of visas here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom.aspx. You were born in the USA which is not a commonwealth country, which is why you would unfortunately not qualify for an Ancestry visa.

  • Mimi Karim

    Im a citizen of Malawi (former nyasaland) it is a commonwealth country. My father is a malawian too. My grandfather however came to Malawi as a trader and married my grandmother. He was a citizen of UK and colonies. He left and passed away many year ago. None of my family members know anything or have any details about him. Unfortunetly I do not have his birth certificate nor death certificate or even marraige certificate. The only tie I have to him is through my father’s birth certificate that stats his father was a citizen of uk.

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

      Your grandfather would have had to have been born in the UK in order for you to qualify for an Ancestry visa. If this is the case, it may be possible to get hold of his certificate if you know where and when he was born. Unfortunately you would need this paperwork in order to apply for the Ancestry visa.

      • Mimi Karim

        No he was born in India. I’m not sure if he ever lived in the UK. So my father doesn’t have the right to abode either?

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

          Unfortunately not.

      • Mimi Karim

        Right of abode*

  • Morgan

    Can children of non-English OBEs born in other countries expect any sort of preferential considerations?

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

      Hi,

      Please could you explain your situation in a bit more detail, what is it you are looking to apply for?

  • Lee

    Hi. I would like to know how I can, being a British citizen, move to England without meeting the exorbitant financial requirements for my South African husband and 2 children. And can you tell me more about the “Singh Route”, is it really possible and easy?

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

      HI Lee,

      When wanting to gain a UK Spousal Visa for a non-British Spouse, the financial criteria will always need to be met before the Visa would be issued.

      The Singh Route would require you to be resident in a European Country for a minimum of 6 months in order for your Spouse to go the EEA Family Permit route.

  • Andy Dunning

    Hi! We are an American family of four living in Oregon. I am an Irish citizen through ancestry (grandmother) and have an Irish passport but I have never lived in Ireland. Is it possible for me to get residency in the UK? I would like to send my youngest daughter to secondary school in England and also live there as well with my wife, who is not an EU citizen. We would be staying for at least 2 years. Any thoughts?

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

      Hi Andy,

      Your family would need to apply for the EEA Family Permit and once you have been in the UK for 5 continuous years you may apply for permanent residency.

      • Andy Dunning

        Thanks for the quick response! I just want to clarify this statement from the Wikipedia page entitled “UK Ancestry Entry Clearance” which states: “A grandparent born in Northern Ireland, or what is now the Republic of Ireland prior to 1 April 1922, gives rise to an entitlement to a right to admission under UK Ancestry. However there may also be an entitlement to register as an Irish citizen by descent which grants full permanent residency in the UK immediately.” So if I am an Irish citizen by descent does that mean that I have permanent residency in the UK.? I’d like to believe everything I read on the internet but I would like to get confirmation. Thanks!

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

          Should you have Irish citizenship, you are entitled to live and work in the UK freely, however you are only able to apply for permanent residency in the UK after living in the UK for 5 years

          • Shari Harris-Dunning

            This is Andy Dunning’s wife. Thank you for that information. Our daughter is interested in enrolling into a Sixth Form school and is interested in the IB program. I have sent inquiries to some UK state schools that offer the IB program, such as Parkside Sixth in Cambridge. Some school admission officers seem to think she could enroll, others aren’t sure. I would like to be able to provide documentation of whether our daughter could enroll (without fees) under the EEA Family Permit or UK Ancestry Visa program. Can you advise?

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

            Hi Shari, I’m afraid 1st Contact is not in the position to offer advice on schooling enrollment.

          • Shari Harris-Dunning

            thank you. Is there an entity you can suggest we contact?

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

            Unfortunately we cannot.

          • Shari Harris-Dunning

            thank you. I do have another question. We are legal guardian to our niece (who is 16 years old). She started living with us this past July and will continue to live with us. She might like to come to the UK with us in a couple of years — but by then she would be 18 years. However, she has a diagnosis of global developmental delay and may continue to need assistance for awhile. Do you know if she would be eligible to join us under the EEA family permit? If not, can you suggest another way for her to join us?

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

            She may have the ability to join you on the EEA Family Permit if we can show exceptional reasoning for this. In a case such as hers and the fact that she is solely dependent on yourselves this may be a possibility.

          • Shari Harris-Dunning

            Can you speak to how a UK Ancestry Visa/EEA Family permit might work with respect to health care in the UK?

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

            Hi, an Ancestry visa holder will need to pay £1000 upfront to use the NHS and the EEA family permit will not need to pay to use the service. Both visas allow the holder to access the NHS

  • Chezney Dale Van Groeningen

    Good Afternoon 1st Contract. Can I get UK Passport? My Grandmother was born in UK.

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

      Hi Chezney, what country were you born in please?

      • Chezney Dale Van Groeningen

        I was born in South Africa.

  • ayeha adeel

    hi please tell me my mother is British national and living in uk for many years i want to apply ancestry visa what to do???

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

      Hi Ayeha,

      The Ancestry Visa is based on having a UK-born grandparent. Was your mother born in the UK?

      • ayeha adeel

        no she is not born in uk

        • ayeha adeel

          my grandparents are uk nationals for 40 years and they still living there.they are not even born there.

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

            Unfortunately you can only inherit citizenship from a parent who was born in the UK. You can fill in this free assessment form to see if there is any other way you could possibly claim: https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Kristel Graaff

    Hi, do one qualify for a ancestry visa if my great grandfather was born in the UK – stoke upon trent – am I pushing it? 😉

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

      Unfortunately great grandparents do not count.

      • Kristel Graaff

        Do I need to be on the skilled occupation list when given sponsorship from an aunt who is a citizen? I am financially secured.

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

          Unfortunately a family member can not sponsor your visa, it would have to be an employer.

          • Kristel Graaff

            Thank you for your feedback – Last question- where can I download an affiliated English language test to prepare myself for the IELTS language test.

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

            Hi,

            This article has a few links that might be useful: http://bit.ly/1Ikl3pY

          • Kristel Graaff

            Thanks so much

  • Dushyant Bhutani

    my name is Dushyant Bhutani and i am from India. My GrandMother is a british citizen and she is living in UK since 2008. I want to confirm that can i easly apply for work visa of 5 years?
    my Grandmother born in kenya holding british citizenship. Living in UK since 2008. Can apply for ancestors visa? or any kind of work visa?

    with best Regards.
    Dushyant Bhutani

  • Justin Limmer

    Hi my grandmother who is 84 lives in South Africa.Her grandfather was British born and moved to South Africa.I am living in London on a German passport and my mother lives here as well.She is married to a British born citizen since 1995.
    We would like to look after my grandmother with no recourse to public funds.Is this possible?

  • Jamie Roney

    Hi, my paternal grandmother was born in the UK and now currently resides in the US. I am a US born citizen, but could I make a claim for a British passport?

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

      Hi Jamie, unfortunately the Ancestry visa is only available to people born in commonwealth countries.

  • Herman

    Hi, I am South African, my parents and one of my siblings were born in Kenia when it was a British Colony, my one Grand parent was also born in South Africa when it was a British Colony and not a protectorate. Would I qualify?

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

      Hi Herman,

      Unfortunately the Ancestry Visa only applies to grandparents born in the UK itself.

  • Cameron Foley

    Hello,
    My grandparents were all born in Newfoundland before it joined Canada, and I am wondering if that would qualify me for British nationality of any kind? If so how would I get the process started and what documentation would I need?

    • Shayna Jewell

      I see that you haven’t received a response to this yet. I am in that same position as well and was inquiring as to whether or not this would qualify me for UK Citizenship. After doing some research, I was informed that it does not, as when Newfoundland joined Confederation, all British citizens of the island were either allowed to move to Britain and remain British, or renounce their British citizenship and become solely Canadian. Sucks to be us, I guess. However, if you find a different answer, I’d be thrilled if you’d share that with me.

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

        Hi Shayna, this kind of nationality law can be quite complex and there are a few exceptions. We would advise that you fill in this free assessment form with our nationality partners Philip Gamble who specialise in this kind of case: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

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

      Hi Cameron, your best bet in this kind of case would be to fill in this free assessment form with our nationality partners Philip Gamble who specialise in this kind of case: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Elizabeth Fu

    Hello, I’m a university student studying under the Tier 4 student visa. I hope to move to the UK and begin my career there after university, as I’ve already applied to graduate schemes (unsuccessful so far) and am considering graduate school in the UK. My boyfriend of 2 years is a citizen of the UK, but feel that it’s a little early to be married, especially to obtain a visa, but have long term plans to settle together, likely in the UK or US. My father holds a UK BNO passport from Hong Kong and was born there as well. My mother has acquired US citizenship. My grandparents are not UK citizens nor passport holders. Would my applications for the UK ancestry visa be successful based on my father’s citizenship and UK BNO status?

    Thank you! :)

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

      Hi Elizabeth, apologies if you receive this twice. Unfortunately the Ancestry visa only applies if your grandparents were born in the UK. Your father’s UK BNO status would not impact you, unfortunately.

  • George Mackenzie

    I have held multiple student visas and am now coming to the end of my 1st 5-year Ancestry Visa, which expires in September. Can I apply for ILR now on the basis of having lived here for 5 years, even though part of one of those years was with a student visa, or do I have to wait until September? If so, I assume I can apply 28 days prior to the end of my ancestry visa, even though technically that will be a residence period of 5 years less 28 days?

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

      Hi George, In order to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain you would need to have completed 5 years in the UK on your Ancestry Visa alone.

  • Hayley McConnell

    Hello! Will the changes to the salary threshold that come into place in April 2016 affect those on a ancestry visa also? I have been in the UK for nearly six years on this visa, extending it once. It looks like it’s only affecting those on a Tier 2 visa, but I’m not sure. Thanks!

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

      This will not have an effect on Ancestry Visa holder’s and will only effect Tier 2 General Visa holders looking to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

  • Amber

    Hello,
    I am a Canadian citizen, and would like to apply for the Ancestry Visa, as my father’s dad was born in England. However, I do not have the same last name as my father, nor is he on my birth certificate. Therefore, can I still hand in my dad’s birth certificate and my grandfather’s birth certificate to be considered? Do I somehow have to ‘prove’ he is my father? And if so, how should I go about this? Thank you very much!

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

      You will need perform a DNA test to prove your father is your father, or you would need to apply to have your father’s name placed on your birth certificate and you would need to show why your names are different.

      • Amber

        Thank you for such a quick response! Also, if I do put his name on my Birth Certificate and apply to get this visa, is there an estimate on how much time it will take to process and find out if I am able to acquire the visa?

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

          The turn around time for the visa is 10 -15 days

  • Leigh-Ann V D Merwe

    Hi there, I am a south african citizen. I would like to apply for my ancestral British passport. I only have one grandparent on my dads side that was born in Ireland. Both my parents were born in rohdesia. Would I be able to get one? And what documents would I need? Also I only have the passport of my grandmother that was born in Ireland. I dont have birth certificates of my grandparents.

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

      If you would kindly provide your email address, one of our consultants will be in touch to chat through the details with you.

  • Clement

    Dear Administration 1st Contact,

    My grandfather was born in England in 1983 served his country in the first world war. After which he immigrated to South Africa as part of the police horse brigade. My father was born in South Africa and never applied for his British passport and has since passed away. We have almost no documentation of my grandfather such as birth certificate and ID. I would like to know if you can assist us on where we can require these documentations and if I obtain the documentation would I be eligible for a ancestor visa or passport. Thank you for your time.

    Kind regards,

    Clement Joyner

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

      1st Contact can assist with UK birth certificates and with an Ancestry visa application. Please could you forward your email address and one of our consultants will be in touch.

  • Nikki Piccini

    Hello! This article and subsequent responses by 1st contact have been tremendously informative, though I do have a question that I’m hoping you’ll be able to answer. I’m not a citizen of the Commonwealth (I’m American) but both my maternal grandparents are English. Am I eligible for dual citizenship or a 5 year Visa? I can be easily reached at nikkipiccini@gmail.com if there are any further questions I may be able to answer. Thank you!

  • Tania MacKenzie

    Dear 1st Contact

    My husband and I have naturalised in the UK My father in law qualifies for an ancestral visa and I would like to know if he comes to the UK and he as the visa holder passes away in the first 5 years – what happens to my mother in law (his dependant on the visa) Will she have to return to South Africa?

    Thank you very much

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

      Unfortunately, your mother would be required to leave the UK.

  • Clement

    Hi, thanks for the fast replay. You can contact me at ccjjoyner@gmail.com

  • Jack Affleck

    I was born in the UK in 1987 but my mother brought me to Canada revoking my British citizenship for Canadian which is what I hold now. My father was born in the UK in 1943, is a citizen, and has never left the UK, but my parents were not married. My grandmother was born in Wales in 1925. Since I have read that I cannot apply for dual citizenship based off of my father’s citizenship or my birth place, am I eligible to apply for an Ancestry Visa based solely off of my grandmother?

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

      Hi Jack,

      Yes in this case your best option would be the UK Ancestry Visa and you could apply for this solely based on your grandmother being British born.

  • Chelsea de Villiers

    Hi, is there any way to bypass paying the 1000 pounds National Health Insurance if this is going to be my second UK ancestry visa? I lived and work in the UK for two years and have my NI and NHS number and have contributed to them both during my time in the UK but now there is this new fee of 1000 pounds to be paid before applying for the visa… Any help?

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

      There is not a way to avoid the NHS surcharge unfortunately

  • Ashleigh Clair Dickson

    I’ve been living in the UK on an ancestral visa since October 2011, with my husband who’s on his own ancestral visa (both originally from SA). I’ve been employed full time since Jan 2012 and have just had a year’s maternity leave. We apply for ILR in October this year, but I’m at the stage where I can’t afford to go back to work & pay for childcare but if I had to quit my job would I be denied ILR in October?? Or could I change my visa & become a dependent on my husbands visa??

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

      You will be able to apply for ILR provided that you can show that you have been working for most of the 5 years.

  • Charlotte

    Hi, hopefully this is a quick and easy one to answer. I am Australian and my biological grandmother passed away when my father was young in the 1950s. My grandfather remarried a few years later and is the grandmother I have known. Can I claim ancestry through this relationship, not a blood relation but legal and we would have the marriage documents etc? My grandmother did not officially adopt my father when she married my grandfather though. Thanks! I have looked high and low for info but nothing speaks to this type of situation.

  • Brandon

    Hi, my ancestral visa runs out at the end of March and after collecting all my required documents to submit I have come across a payment which needs to be paid for Immigration health surcharge. It’s 1000 pounds follow the 5 year visa extension. I am currently living in England with my fiance who is British. Would it be easier (and cheaper) to just get married to her? Also can I be thrown out country if my visa not processed in time? Or would I get temporary extention? Just don’t want to loose my job.

    Response and help would be very helpful!

    Thanks
    Brandon

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

      Hi Brandon,

      You will need to lodge your extension application prior to the expiration of your current visa.

      Extending your Ancestry visa will work out to be more expensive. Once you and your fiance are married, you will have the option of switching to a spousal visa, subject to the income requirements. Find out more about the various visa options here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/united-kingdom.aspx

  • Christopher M

    Hi,

    My grandparents (both mum and dads parents) are British overseas nationals as they were born in Fiji before 1922 when it was still a colony under the British empire. My grandfather from my mums side had a British passport issued to him shortly after birth. I was born in Australia in 1990. Would I be eligible to apply for a British ancestry visa under these circumstances?

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

      Hi Christopher,

      It may be possible for you to apply for an Ancestry visa. Please take our Visa Assessment to determine which visas are available to you. If you are eligible, one of our advisers will get in touch to chat about your options.
      https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Robbie Parry

    Hello, I was born in Canada in 1973 and my father had landed immigrant status here in Canada as well as British Citizenship as he was born in Wales in 1954. He has since passed away four years ago now and the question I have is whether or not I am eligible for British Citizenship seeing as he was born in the UK and immigrated to Canada at the age of 10 years old? Does his passing affect any right that I may have to apply? Your help would be greatly appreciated as I cannot seem to get a direct answer from anyone.

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

      Your father’s passing will have no negative baring on your British Citizenship application, the important fact is whether your parents were married at the time of your birth? If so then this would make you eligible for a British Passport application.

  • Denys Botes

    Hi, My great grand parents had some WELSH lineage – can I qualify for some kind of citizenship ?

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

      Unfortunately great grandparents is a generation too far.

  • tanrisch

    if my great grandfather is from the uk can I apply for a ancestral visa?

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

      Unfortunately great grandparents is a generation to far.

  • Dalena

    My great-grandmother was born in Scotland. Im am a commonwealth citizen. Am I eligible for an ancestor visa if I have proof of her birth, my grandfathers birth certificate with her as his mother and likewise with my father and myself?

    Your advice would be much appreciated.

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

      Unfortunately a great grandparent is a generation too far. If your grandfather was born in the UK, you would qualify.

  • Dion

    Hi 1st Contact

    I have a bit of a strange scenario. I am a Canadian with a (birth) paternal grandfather born in London, UK. However after I was born I was adopted by my now adopted parents who do not have any relatives born in the UK.
    (1)
    Basically I have my birth mother and father – which is where the UK ancestry lies and then my adopted parents who are on my birth certificate. I do however have other documentation from the adoption of course, connecting us all.
    (2)
    Addtionally I am currently in the UK on a different visa with full working rights and am looking to switch to the ancestry visa, ie. in support of my application I have a (great) job already and would be kept on. Would I have to leave the UK to apply? That seems unnecessary.

    Thanks.

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

      Hi Dion,

      You will still be able to claim the Ancestry visa through your birth parents. As your biological parents are not listed on your birth certificate, you may need to look into DNA testing through Cellmark.

  • Andrew Davidson

    Hiya. I’m an Australian working in the UK on an Ancestry visa for the last 2.5 years. I have been in a long distance relationship with a Malaysian national for 6 months now. We are clear this is long-term. If we get married on a Marriage Visitor visa, can we stay together in the UK once that process is complete?

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

      Hi Andrew,

      There are various criteria which your partner must meet in order to qualify for the Marriage Visitor visa. Please visit the UK government website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa/overview

  • Jon

    I am 22 and born/live in Canada and my dad was born in England but I have not applied for my British citizenship yet and wish to teach in England or Scotland in September. Am I eligible to still get my British Citizenship or did I have to do it before I turned 18?

  • disqus_OjyeqSqjf4

    Hello. My grandfather was born in Liverpool. He has passed away. Would I or my children be eligible for UK citizenship?

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

      Hi,

      If your grandfather was a British citizen, you would likely to be eligible for an Ancestry visa. To find out which nationality options are available to both you and your children, you can complete our Visa Assessment: https://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

  • Tracy

    can you apply for an ancestry visa, receive it and wait 12 months before actually leaving to live over in the Uk without eating into the visa time? or once you get the visa it starts straight away?

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

      Unfortunately, you are required to enter the UK within 30 days of your visa being issued.

      • Tracy

        Thanks so much for replying, we are thinking of just up and moving over without jobs, my husband is a tradesman and have two girls 16 and 14 how hard is it at the moment to find work?

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

          Unfortunately we can’t really speak to anything regarding employment as we are not recruitment specialists. However it is worth noting that with the Ancestry visa you are not subject to the minimum income requirement in order to take your family overseas.

  • PeestoriusFooling

    Hi my grandparents are British, I’m not a commonwealth citizen. A us citizen. Can I work and live in UK Thru a UK ancestry visa?

  • PeestoriusFooling

    Hey my grandparents and dad were British citizens, I’m not a commonwealth citizen, a US citizen. I want to work and live in UK. Can I thru grandparents?

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

      Hi, the grandparents option is only available to commonwealth citizens, but you can fill in this free online assessment form and see if you perhaps qualify for another route: https://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

  • Anna

    Hi, I’m canadian and if I was adopted as an adult by a UK citizen (stepfather) which gave me legal UK born grandparents, would I be able to apply for an ancestry visa?

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

      If you were legally adopted by your step father and this is your link to British Decent then you would certainly be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa.

  • Sharne Nickson

    Hi, if my mother became British citizens in 1985 can I get an ancestry visa?

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

      Hi Shame. Were your grandparents born in the UK? The ancestry visa applies to people who have UK-born grandparents and were born in a commonwealth nation, independent of the nationality of their parents.

      Did your mother become a British citizen before you were born?

      • Sharne Nickson

        Hi I don’t have any grandparents born in the UK. My mother discuss her citizenship before I was born.

        She married a british man and children with him got divorced and married my dad. My half sister’s father is like a father to me. We are a very close family.

        If I cannot claim from my mom do you know who I can contact in order to get a spousal visa as I really need help

        Thank you for replying
        Sharne

  • Sharne Nickson

    Hello again, how long can spousal visa take? people are telling me 6months or more? So therefor I would see my husband for 6 or more months? When do the process of the spousal visa can I visit him in the UK if so on what visa?

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

      The UK spousal visa may take roughly 8-12 week to issue from the date of final submission to the high commission.

      However there is a fast track service available for an additional government fee, these take roughly 5-7 working days.

      Once your application is submitted you will need to await the outcome before travelling.

  • Vicky Moody

    when you say grandparents how far back can one go? For example I’m a descendant of Sir Edmund Moodye if Bury St Edmund, and of King Henry VIII era…or does it have to be more recent?

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

      Hi Vicky,

      Unfortunately, you are only able to claim British citizenship through your parent’s parents.

  • Jenny

    Hi, I have a British passport although I was born in South Africa, both my parents were British born and my grand parents on both sides were British. I have a son living in the UK on a Portuguese passport (EU) who is in the British police. Is he entitled to a British passport.?

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

      Hi Jenny, it would depend on where your son was born and when. Also whether you lived in the UK for any length of time before he was born. We would recommend that he fill in this free online assessment form: https://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

      • Jenny

        Hi there, my son was born in 1977 in what was then known as Rhodesia.

  • Breanna

    I have bit of a tricky case.

    My Grandmother was born in England and left in an orphanage. She made her way to Australia on a British registered ship at the age of 13 but has no birth certificates etc. How would I get around this?

    Kind regards,
    Breanna

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

      Hi Breanna,

      In order to be eligible for the Ancestry Visa we would need to show evidence of your decent through your grandmother’s unabridged birth certificate, without this it wold be impossible to prove. If you know her full name, date and place of birth then you may have the ability to get this reissued.

  • Raquel Simone

    Hello 1st Contact,

    I am a Canadian born citizen and my grandfather (on my mother’s side) has British citizenship (he lived in Lewisham for most of his life and passed away in 2000) . He believe he was considered Citizens of the UK and Colonies being born in Jamaica in 1917 when it was still a colony under the British empire. Would there be a case to receive UK ancestry as I am a Commonwealth born citizen. I wish to work and live in the UK, I own property in Toronto, Canada and could easily find employment. I do not know how it works for ancestry based on British colonies prior to their independence. I have several aunts, uncles, and cousins who all have their British Nationality and Citizenship. My parents decided to live in the Canada when they had opportunity to live and get their citizenship in the UK (crazy ppl LOL) If you have any cases that have ever set precedence for my type of request, please let me know if its worth getting the paper trail in order.

    Many Thanks!

    My Kindest Regards,

    Raquel

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

      Hi Raquel,

      Unfortunately in order for you to be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa, your grandparent would need to have been born in the UK. Unfortunately even though they held a Passport and Citizenship this would not entitle you to a UK Ancestry Visa.

  • Arsalan

    Hi, My Great Grand father was a Indian Soldier (Havildar) from British side in WW2 in Burma war in Engineering Corps, retired and deceased in 2000. According to the documents obtained regarding his service and prisoners register (as he was prisoner in a German camp) he was granted British Citizenship. Now as a Great GrandChild can I claim British Nationality for myself? I am from Commonwealth country but residing in UK for 2 years now for study purpose. Is it possible?

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

      Hi Arsalan,

      Unfortunately a great grandfather is a generation too far. Additionally, your grandfather would have had to have been born in the UK and not have obtained his citizenship by some other method.

      • Arsalan

        Hi thanks for answering, any other way like ancestry visa, although he served in a crowned service and was born in a british overseas territory-India at that time. Fortunately I got family certificate.

  • Shenell Gordon

    Hi. My mum’s grandfather was born in Scotland we have his birth as well as marriage certificates, are we able to apply for ancestral visas?

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

      Hi Shenell, it sounds like your mother would be able to apply. Unfortunately great grandfather is a generation too far.

      • Shenell Gordon

        Thank you. If she were to apply and get it, how would i then qualify?

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

          Unfortunately you would not qualify.

  • Kurtis M

    My Grandmother was born in the UK, came over to Canada as a war bride to a Canadian. My mother did not get registered as a British citizen, would she be still eligible to do this? Also from my understanding I would qualify for an ancestry visa, is there any other path to citizenship for myself?

    Thank you

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

      Based on you having a UK born grandparent you may be eligible for the UK Ancestry visa. Please provide your email address and I will email some information through to you.

      As for your mother, we would recommend she speak to our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners. She can fill in a free online assessment form here https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Helen E Winchcombe

    Hi there,

    I am an Australian citizen and I am in the UK on a Youth Mobility Visa, which is ending in December 2016. I have settled well in the UK and upon looking into my options to stay longer, discovered that I actually AM entitled to apply for an ancestry visa (I was under the impression that it was no longer available based on Grandparents, oops). Whilst doing my research however, I read that it is not possible to switch from my current visa to an ancestry visa. Am I still able to apply, if I went overseas to apply? I would love some advice around this!
    My email address is winchcombehelen@yahoo.co.nz
    Thanks!

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

      Hi Helen, you will need to return to Australia in order to apply for the Ancestry Visa.

  • Michaela Vermeulen

    Hi I was wonder that if you already got a ancestry visa before I was 18 that I needed a named adult to leave with me, would I when I’m 18 be able to leave without named adult? I’m enquiring because I want to go on a school trip and it’s to South Africa.

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

      Hi Michaela,

      As you are over the age of 18 you should be permitted to travel on your own.

  • Raquel Simone

    I have found out that my grandmother was born in British Honduras now called Belize in 1922, would that qualify for Ancestry Visa? Could there be a case? Thanks for any information you can provide. Regards Raquel

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

      Hi Raquel, unfortunately the Ancestry Visa requires your grandparent was born in the UK itself. However, you can visit the website of our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners, and fill in this free assessment form to see if there are possibly any other options available to you: https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      • Raquel Simone

        Thank you very much for your reply :)

  • Cahntel

    Hi, my great Grandfather was born in Ireland, can i apply for ancestral visa?

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

      Unfortunately great grandfather is a generation too far.

  • Nola

    HI. My daughter would like to apply for a “spouse” visa based on her current relationship (last 2.5 years) with a British citizen. Can you tell me how this visa would assist her in terms of studying in the UK and gaining access to study grants, scholarships and student loans?

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

      Hi Nola,

      Your daughter would be seen as an international student. Unfortunately, 1st Contact doesn’t offer advice on what type of student benefits or loans she would be entitled to.

  • Chane

    Hello my uk ancestry visa is almost up. Expires in August. I have read that you can only apply for ILR 28 days before it expires. What are the rules for travelling in that case I want to visit South Africa in June but then I’d only have 8 weeks left on my ancestry visa is that wise or will I have trouble entering the UK?

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

      Hi Chane,

      You will not have trouble entering the UK as long as your visa is still valid.

  • CJ Houzet

    Hi,
    I have been living in the UK for 6 years( now on my second LTR ancestry visa), my partner who is a UK citizen plan to marry next year. How will this affect my visa status?

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

      Hi CJ,

      It shouldn’t affect your visa status. It would enable you to apply for a spousal visa, but as you’re well on your way to ILR in the Ancestry visa category, we’d advise that you keep going on the Ancestry visa as this means you’d be able to claim ILR sooner. In addition, moving to the spousal visa requires that your UK citizen spouse earns over a certain threshold in order to support you, which is a requirement that will not affect you if you are are the Ancestry visa.

  • Danielle Ann

    Hi, I was just wondering how i would go about getting my visa if I can’t get a hold of my grandparents and father birth certificates etc? Due to personal family reasons I have had no contact with my father side of the family (of British decent) for over 15 years. I am definitely eligible for an ancestry visa and have a job lined up in June. Starting to stress out as i keep on hitting dead ends. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou

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

      Hi Danielle,

      You can try the following website to obtain the information you’re looking for: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

  • robert harkness

    I was born in england but have been living in Australia since 1962 would my grand children be eligible to claim citizenship they are under 14 years of age

  • Sophie

    Hi There,

    I have a couple of questions I am hoping you could please help me with?

    – I am currently one year and a half through my Working holiday visa and have found out that I actually qualify for the Ancestry visa. I have a trip booked to NZ in April and want to switch visas then. Can I do this before my tier 5 expires (expiry date is September)? how does it work? would my working holiday visa just become void?

    – Regarding the ‘proof of funds’ I have a permanent job in the UK with a salary that would qualify for leave to remain with the new rules so I can provide my contract of employment and show my monthly salary being paid into my UK bank account etc. I do not have a lot of money saved will this still be sufficient? can I show my UK bank account records?

    – The UK govt website says to apply for this three months before the intended date of arrival in the UK however the processing time is 10-14 days? If I have my biometric appointment when I arrive to NZ then book a flight back to the UK approx. 4 weeks later would this be enough time?

    Thank you in advance

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

      Hi Sophie,

      Yes you would firstly need to return to New Zealand to submit your application and would not be required to wait until your current tier 5 visa has expired. If you were to submit your application prior to your visa expiring your ancestry visa would then supersede the existing visa.

      Ideally you would need to show some maintenance funds available and we usually suggest an amount of between £1200 – 1600 reflecting an an accessible bank account.

      Yes the 3 months indicated by the UK gov is not necessary and should you apply and travel 4 weeks later this would be more then sufficient.

  • Spencer Kent

    I am from the US, My grandmother was born and raised in London. However since the US isn’t commonwealth I’m not eligible for this program? Even though I have cousins and great aunts that are English?

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

      Unfortunately US citizens are not able to apply for Ancestry visas

      • Spencer Kent

        garbage

  • sheik abdullah

    Hai
    I applied for british psssport from india.iam eligible through my father. because his passport states that citizen of united kingdom and colonies.he got this passport in singapore 1955.all the necessary documents I had submitted except the nationality registration certificate of my father because I dont hav that one.but gov.uk is asking that certificate. I traced that documents but unfortunately I got a negative reply.is it possible to get the British passport without that one.i got the mail like they can continue until they receive the nationality registration certificate of my father.before that i submitted whatever the documents they asked.

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

      Hi Sheik, I would suggest you get in touch with an Immigration solicitor as 1st Contact don’t assist with refusals unfortunately

  • Melodie Kreindler

    My cousin was born in South Africa, his father was born in Britain and lived in South Africa. Is he able to apply for British Citizenship and or an Ancestry Visa

  • Nadia

    Hi there, I am currently coming to the end of my 2 year youth mobility visa and found out that my grandmother was in fact born in the UK. I want to stay in the UK for as long as possible, I am working full time and my employer has offered to write a letter of my employment to add to my application stating I will still have my job if my ancestry application is approved. My question is once my youth mobilty expires when can I apply for my ancestry? Can I do it straight away? (I know i have to do it in Australia as I was born there, I plan to go home for a small holiday and apply for it then) Also when proving my grandmother was born here if I order her birth certificate from the General Register Office in the UK while im here already is that copy going to be sufficient? I am reading that it needs to be an original birth certificate? Also I have also read that marriage certificates are needed to be sent? My parents were never married so they don’t have a marriage certififcate?
    Please help as I am stressing that I will send the wrong documents with my application

    Thanks

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

      Hi Nadia, you are able to apply for the Ancestry visa whenever you like as it will cancel out your current visa once issued. The birth certificate from the General Register Office will be sufficient, and if your parent were not married then you won’t need a marriage certificate.

      • Nadia

        Thanks for your reply 1st Contact, thats extremely helpful I have read to apply 3 months before heading to the UK? My visa expires in mid August, I plan to head to Australia early September, apply and if approved jump on a plane straight back to the UK with my new visa. Do I need to wait any certain time beforehand? I have told my employer that I plan to be in Australia for 2 months max if im approved, would that be sufficient?
        This process is rather confusing and I would hate to not be approved due to some stupid error.

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

          Hi Nadia, you will not be required to wait, once issue you are able to enter the UK immediately. 2 months will be more than enough.

  • gemma loftus

    Hi my cousins ancestral visa (through her grandad on dads side) is about to run out and is going to cost £800 approx. to renew. I was wondering if she is allowed to apply for new visa through my grandmother on my mums side.
    Thanks

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

      Hi Gemma, your cousin would have the ability to reapply through your British born grandmother on your mums side. If she used this to do an extension however this would be the same cost as the extension using her previous paternal decent.

    • gemma loftus

      That’s great thanks. Also would she be able to apply under her grandmother on mums side even though she has previously had visa under grandad on mums side (grandparents not together).

      Also!!!! . . . (Sorry for all this) would it be better to be in the UK before ancestral visa ends and apply for work permit then.
      Thanks

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

        Hi Gemma, yes she would certainly still be able to apply based on her mums grandmother.

  • http://iaaxpage.com/ Iaax Page

    My great-grandparent was British. Does anyone know if this ancestry visa applies in this condition as well?

    • http://iaaxpage.com/ Iaax Page

      Nevermind. I found the answer in the comments. Thank you anyway.

  • Joyce G.

    I’m wondering if I might qualify for British Citizenship if my paternal grandparents were born in Ireland while it was still part of the UK, or is it only my father who might qualify? Thanks.

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

      Hi Joyce,

      Based on your paternal grandparents being born in Ireland, you may have a claim to the UK Ancestry visa. As your father’s parents were born in Ireland he may already be considered an Irish citizen.

  • Randy

    Hello My grandmother is Uk citizen born and raised. She had my Uncle in London and Moved to the states in the 70s and had my mum. Am I eligable for the Visa with it being my Grandma and how do i Start this process? She currently lives in the states and visits home annually. Thanks!!

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

      Hi Randy,

      Please could you confirm your nationality?

      • Randy

        Born and living in the United States

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

          Hi Randy,

          Unfortunately you would not be eligible for the UK Ancestry visa.
          The reason for this being that one of the requirements to be met in an application, is the applicant needs to be a Common Wealth citizen.
          The United States have never been a part of the common wealth.

          • Randy

            Is there any way for my family to move to the Uk to “Thrive and Live” I have Family with citizenship. Is there any other way for Me and My family to be able to move and Live in the Uk? Our jobs nor country will let Us do so. Must return after 90days. We don’t want to.

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

            Hi Randy,

            You would need to look into the Tier 2 employment sponsored visa.

            For further information please click on the link below;
            https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general

          • Randy

            Does this only apply if You are offered a job? My company does not do business in the Uk/Eu. If applying for work visa doesn’t there need to be work applying for or job already offered?

          • Randy

            To be sponsored I would need a business to hire me? Not a family member? Needs to be shortage of work?

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

            Hi Randy,

            Yes you would need to be sponsored by a company holding the Tier 2 license, the sponsorship would be based on a skilled shortage.

          • Randy

            Is there a way for my cousins and aunts to sponsor me without a job? I have loads of family there. Is there a way for a sponsorship with no job? Thanks and apologies for so many questions.

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

            Hi Randy,

            Unfortunately family members cannot sponsor you, it will need to be a company holding the Tier 2 licence.

          • Randy

            Can My Mum who was born in the states but to a British citizen and Her Mum still is British and Alive. Can she apply for citizenship having a British Mum?

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

            Hi Randy,

            Based on your mum’s mum being born in the UK, she may apply to register for citizenship and once acquired apply for a British passport.

          • Randy

            And once she does this is she able to pass on to myself or does it stop there at her? Thank You

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

            Unfortunately it does not pass down further.

          • Randy

            So the only way is for a job to sponsor? There is no other possible way?

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

            Tier 2 sponsorship is the route you will need to look into.

      • Randy

        Please don’t hold this against me!

  • Moya

    My mother is Jamaican and was born before we gain independence is she considered a British citizen

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

      Hi Moya,

      Our nationality team at our partner firm Philip Gamble and Partners would be best to assess her eligibility.

      I would advise you to go onto the following site; http://www.philipgamble.co.uk and complete a free British passport review.

  • Sheril Smith

    Hi,

    I was wondering if I’d qualify for British citizenship – my grandparents are both British and my father was born in Ealing. He became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in 1949, and I became a NZ citizen by descent as I was born outside NZ. What are my options? Thank you!

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

      Hi Sheril, if your father was British born and your parents were married at the time of your birth then this would certainly make you eligible to gain British Citizenship.

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    Savvy suggestions – For my two cents , if your company is wanting a UK
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  • Ashton

    Hello 1st contact
    I have in my possession a passport belonging to my Deceased Grandmother from my mothers side
    Passport was issued in 1975 in India.
    Wanted to check with you’ll if i have any chance of applying for a UK passport
    Please refer to the below link as this is same kind of passport that was issued to my Grandmother .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Indian_passport would appreciate your assistance and feedback on this

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

      Hi Ashton,

      Unfortunately there is no direct claim to citizenship based on having a grandparent born in India.
      I would advise you log onto our partner firms site, https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

      you may complete a free British passport review.

  • Janet

    Hello,
    I am looking to acquire my British citizenship. Both my Grandfathers were born in Scotland in the early 1900’s. My grandfathers’ parents were born in Ireland. Both my parents were born in the 1950’s in Canada. I was born in Canada in 1984. I have seen some information regarding citizenship to commonwealth citizens born before 1983. Would I not be eligablle for citizenship/dual citizenship because of the year I was born?
    Thank you.

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

      Hi Janet, because this is a claim through a British born grandparent and the fact that your parents were born in Canada is something that our partner firm at Philip Gamble can assist you with, please use the following link to make contact https://www.philipgamble.co.uk

  • Family Values

    Hi, my maternal grandfather was born in Monsterrat and both my parents and my other three grandparents were born in Antigua before they gained Independence in 1981. I was born in USA but lived all my life in Antigua so I have dual citizenship but I am very interested in moving to UK. Is it possible for me to get UK citizenship?

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

      Hi, in order to gain better guidance regarding your claim for British Citizenship based on the above details it would be advisable that you contact our partner company at Philip Gamble, please find the relevant link below.

      https://www.philipgamble.co.uk

  • Nicole Constantine

    Hello, I am 17 (18 in October) and from Australia. My only ancestry lines are to my great grandparents who were all from the UK which I am aware is too far of a generation.

    My boyfriend who is a UK citizen visa is running out in July, thus I would like to get a visa but am unsure which one. We have been together nearing 2 years but I fear my age provides boundaries, I also want/need a visa which I can work on. Suggestions?

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

      Hi Nicole, in this case your UK visa option may be the unmarried partner visa but in order to do so you and your boyfriend would need to show proof of a minimum of 24 months of cohabitation.

  • meg

    Hi,

    My 5 year ancestry visa expires Aug 2017. I have lived in the UK from Nov 2012 (haven’t been out of the country for 180 consecutive days). My aim is to get a British Passport before returning back to Australia for a few years. I understand I will need to apply for ILR and then after 12 months I will be eligible to apply for citizenship, is that correct?

    My partner of 5 years is a British Citizen and I believe if we were married I may be able to apply for citizenship immediately after receiving indefinite leave, is this correct?

    I am unclear of the timings of when to apply for these stages e.g. as my visa expires Aug 2017, when do I make my application for ILR? Overall my goal is to know realistically what month/year could I expect to finally apply and receive citizenship.

    Can you please assist with this query? Or point me to someone in 1st Contact that can help.

    Thank you,
    Megan

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

      Hi Megan,
      Once you have ILR you will need to hold this for one year before applying to Naturalize. Should you be married to a British Citizen, you can apply once you have been granted your ILR.

      You will need to apply for ILR 28 days before your visa expires. Should you follow the postal service ILR can take 4 – 6 months, you can use the fast track service which will take 24 hours. Nationalization is only a postal application which takes 4 – 6 months.

      • meg

        Thank you for your quick reply.

        During the 4-6 months if applying via post for the ILR will my passport be with the application and I will be unable to travel internationally? Will that also be the case the nationalisation?

        If I do not marry, can I only apply for nationalisation after 12 months on the ILR or, considering the application takes 4-6 months can I apply before the 12 month period?

        If nationalisation is approved, is there any difficulty in apply for a passport, and do you need to be in the country to do this?

        Thanks again for your assistance.

        Kind regards,
        Megan

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

          HI Megan,
          You will be without your passport during the ILR application, for your Naturalization application you may submit a certified copy. You are only able to apply to naturalize after you have held ILR for 12 months. You can apply for your passport anywhere and as long as you provide the correct details, you should not have any problems.

  • Bianca Van der Watt

    Hi,

    My great grandfather from my moms side of the family was a lord in the uk. Could this help me get an ancestral visa?

    Thanks

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

      Hi Bianca,
      Unfortunately a great grandparent is too far back.

  • Ethan Samuels

    I’ve been trykmv to get a passport since mind 2015 to be told i wasn’t British (born and raised in Cumbria) as my father was not on my birth certificate and my mum was born in India. They have said i need to prove my mum is British however i cant as the national archives don’t have her certificate (she came over when she was about 2 on my Nana’s Indian passport that was surrendered) my family are in no way Indian, my mums father and his father were born in India from my great grand father who was from Europe and my Nana was born there but her father is English.

    The passport office said they have to go through my mums blood line (father ect) and if i was to be classed as citizen it would be a European one. Im a little lost ….

    As the British empire still had power over India and my great great grand father was French and had his son there and then he had a son there would my grand father not be classed as British due to one of the Acts at that time?

    Wouldn’t my Nana automatically be classes as a British subject due to her father being British?

    My grand father die before they were nationalised British, wouldn’t my mum (who was between 5-8) assume my Nana’s nationality?

    I’ve asked the passport office uf they would accept a DNA test between me and my father and they said no (my dad is Scottish)

    Any advise or information you can give will be helpful…

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

      Hi Ethan,
      You will need to get in touch with Philip Gamble & partners https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

      • Ethan Samuels

        Thank you!

  • Lyndon D’Silva

    Hi John, what if the family has been living in India for 4 generations and has proof of ancestry born in the UK, moved in 1846. What is required for them to move back to the UK? Applicant’s ages are in the 40s and is married couple with 3 kids.

    Any information will be helpful.

    Many thanks

    lyndon

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

      Hi Lyndon,
      You will need to have a UK born grandparent in order to apply.

  • kevin james

    Really useful information. I also can be helpful here :) I’ve forgotten the last time I filled out a form on paper. I mostly use PDFfiller to edit. You can easily fill UK SET(M) here http://goo.gl/CpFgdN.

  • Labi Awodein

    If I have a grand parent that was born outside the UK, but has a British Citizenship through naturalization and I’m from a common wealth country, am I eligible to apply for ancestry visa?.

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

      Hi Labi, unfortunately not as your grandparent would need to have been born in the UK in order for you to be eligible.

  • Labi Awodein

    Thanks very much indeed for your swift response

  • Toni-shea Gayle

    My husband grandmother was British born and is father was also British born in 1960 he then left to marry my husband mom . she then had my husband in 1992 my husband got British pass port as british citizen and left 1 year ago to live permanty . can my kids get ancesstor visa or british pass port . I really would love to join him he is working but he’s staying with is sister. Can I apply for identity live to remain from in jamaica or can he apply for me from there . please reply

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

      Hi Toni, if your children are over the age of 18 then they would be eligible to apply for the Ancestry visa. Your visa option would be the UK spousal visa based on your husband holding a British Passport.

      • Toni-shea Gayle

        No my kids are 1 years old and my daughter is 3 years old . her dad is earning 27000 a year and paying tax he only live in the UK 1 years now . i here I could register them what would be the price ?

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

          You are advised to get in touch with our Nationality partners, Philip Gamble & Partners who will be able to assist with such an application. https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Lara Kelly

    Hi

    My husband and myself qualify for a British ancestry visa but one of the requirements is that you have to show you are planning to work in the UK. The ancestry link is on my husbands side, and he has been accepted to study a 1 years masters course at a university there. When applying do we mention that he will be studying and show that he plans to work part-time? What specific evidence is needed for this? He obviously can’t show that he has applied for full times jobs when he will be studying, I myself am a social worker and in the process of being registered with the HCPC.

    Thank you.

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

      Hi Lara, if the intention is to study then this would also be sufficient, your husband will need to show proof of his studies and this would then suffice foe the ancestry option.

  • Colleen

    My Great Grandmother was born in England, my grandparents and parents were born in Newfoundland, Canada, prior to 1949 when Newfoundland was part of the British Dominion. Would this count for an ancestry visa?

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

      Hi Colleen,
      A great grandparent will not qualify you for an Ancestry visa, and you will need to have a grandparent who was born in the UK or the Channel Islands

  • Nicholas Bridge

    Hi there,

    I have both a South African and New Zealand passport and am eligible for an ancestry claim. I am South African born. Which of the two passports would be best to apply on? Or do i have to use my South African passport as I am born here?

    Would appreciate any assistance.

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

      Hi Nicholas, it is dependent on where you are based, if in SA then you would use your South African Passport, if in NZ then your New Zealand Passport.

  • katrina miller

    My grandmother was a britisher. So what papers do i need to apply for ancestry visa….

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

      Hi Katrina, your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK and in order to prove this you would require her unabridged birth certificate.

      • katrina miller

        Yes she was born in UK.

  • dreamer

    I am being offered a job through the UK, and because I have several grandparents who were born in Wales and England I would apply through an Ancestry Visa. I am inquiring about my soon to be husband, he would not be able to apply for an Ancestry Visa. Would he be able to work in the UK, based on him being my dependent…He has skills as a labourer.

    • dreamer

      And what would he apply for.

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

        Hi Dreamer,

        Your husband would apply for the UK Ancestry dependency visa, he will be able to live and work freely in the UK.

        1st Contact will be happy to assist with both applications.

        • dreamer

          Thank you! I will contact you shortly.

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

      Hi, yes if your husband was to be added as a dependent to your ancestry visa then this would certainly allow him to work freely in the UK.

  • Kylie McKechnie

    Hi,

    How much would it cost to apply and get a British Passport once I have lived in the UK for five years on my ancestral visa?

    Thank you.

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

      Hi Kylie, you would need to gain your ILR before applying to Naturalise as a British Citizen, the current fee for this ILR application is £2375.

  • Ray

    Quick question,
    We are two young Canadians and my partner is on UK(British) ancestry visa and myself is on tier 2 mobility visa which ends in November this year. I just had my first baby in Edinburgh. Would I have an option to choose from being British or Scottish if I want to go under my partner’s visa? I really want to get a Scottish one so education would be free of charge for me.
    Please help.
    Thank you

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

      Hi Ray,

      Unfortunately you have no direct claim to citizenship within the UK. However you may look into applying for the UK Ancestry dependency visa on the back of your partner’s visa.

  • Emily Grant

    Hi there

    My grandfather was born on British soil in India prior to 1983. Is it possible for me to apply for a British citizenship based on this?

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

      Hi Emily,

      Unfortunately one needs to have a UK born grandparent in order to qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.

  • Emily

    If, after the initial 6 years, I decided to get the British Citizenship, would that allow me to live and work in Europe?

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

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

  • Verity Burgess

    Hi John, I am an NZ citizen on the final year of my UK ancestry visa, living in the UK. I am hoping to apply for Indefinite leave to remain in November 2016 however I just had a few questions that I am struggling to find answers for. I am wondering if you may be able to help shed some light! I am aware that you cannot spend more that 180 days out of the country every year. I travel a lot with my UK based company and so every day is precious to me! Do the days that you travel on count toward the 180 total? Is there a way that I can book an appointment with the embassy or any visa specialists to discuss more questions I have about my indefinite leave to remain application? many thanks in advance! Verity Burgess

  • http://hostbaap.com Rajesh Sonar

    Hi John,

    1) My friend is from India and his father served the british army in world war 2 when india was ruled by Britain and he has his original army records/certificate and medals. Even the website findmypast.co.uk has this record with them. Will he get some relaxation for immigration to the UK on this basis?

    2) Unfortunately there is no record found of my friends grandparents anywhere in the database of UK websites and nor we could trace it here in India. Sites like ancestry.co.uk and findmypast.co.uk have failed to get to the roots. As maybe the record got destroyed at some place as it is known to be at many places at that time.

    Please suggest. Appreciate your time.

    Thanks,

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

      Hi Rajesh, unfortunately this would not entitle your friend to the ancestry visa.

  • Jane Malone

    My new husband is American, he lives and works in Berlin Germany he is allowed to work and live indefinitely. His grandparents where born and bred in Ireland Co cork. Would he be eligible for an ancestry visa? His grandparents were in Cork early part of 1900’s

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

      Hi Jane, because your husband is an American Citizen he would not have the ability to apply for the ancestry visa as in order to do so he would need to be a citizen of the Commonwealth.

  • Garion Dowds

    Hi

    Would I be Eligible if both my father and grandfather have British passports and my grandfather was born in Northern Rhodesia(Zambia) in 1941? Read that somewhere and would like to confirm

    Thanks

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

      Hi Garion,
      Your grandfather would need to be born in the UK.

  • Rory

    Grandfather was a captain in the royal navy who died at sea will I be eligible for an ancestoral visa

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

      Hi Rory,

      The UK Ancestry visa is granted on one’s grandparent having been born in the UK.

  • Allison Thomson

    Hi John

    I am currently living in SA but was born in Zimbabwe in 1964 and had a british passport and british citizenship. In 2002 my husband who is in the Navy was being posted to the USA as an attache and I was told I had to renounce my British Citizenship in order for him to get security clearance. I did this but want to get my citizenship back now so will follow the required process. My question is whether my son can get citizenship through his grandmother that was born in Oxford, England in 1940. He was born in SA (1990) but wants to now claim an Ancestral Visa. Is this possible for him to do?

  • Jamie Schneider

    Hello! I was adopted by my Step-Father, whose parents were born in the UK. I have my ‘now’ grandparents marriage certificates and birth certificates, my adopted father’s birth certificate, my birth certificate and my letter of adoption from the Canadian province of british columbia. However my parents are only commonlaw and not legally married, so I do not have their marriage certificate. Will that be an issue? And will I also need to provide my mother’s birth certificate?

    thanks!

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

      Hi Jamie,

      Your parents marriage certificate will not be required, nor will your mum’s birth certificate.

      • Jamie Schneider

        Thank you for the feedback! I’m stuck on the “how do you qualify section?” which pertains to my previous question. Do I need to include my information -> My now father through adoption -> his mother with the British citizenship? Thank you for your help! You and your staff are top notch! :)

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

          1st Contacts case work team will be happy to offer you full representation in your application.

          Please advise if you would like to utilise our services in your application.

  • Mark Rieck

    Hi my name is Mark and live in Australia. My grandmother was born in kensington england, my girlfriend is English with joint British and Australian Citizinship, i want to move to England with her too live and work, would i be eligible for a Ancestry visa cheers Mark

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

      Hi Mark,

      Based on your grandmother’s birth in the UK, you are eligible for the Ancestry visa.

      • Mark Rieck

        Thanks for your prompt reply, can you please advise me what steps now i have to put in place for applying for this visa and what costs maybe involved, hope to hear from you soon cheers Mark.

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

          Hi Mark,

          As you reside in Australia, our offices in Melbourne will be happy to assist you with your application.

          They can be reached on; ausoffice@1stcontact.com.au

  • Aaron Gillett

    Hi there,

    My great grandparents (my father’s mother’s parents) were UK citizens. Is it possible for my father to obtain a UK passport, which will then make me eligible? My grandmother died is 2010 and great grandparents much earlier.

    Thanks, much appreciated.

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

      Hi Aaron,
      You are welcome to complete a free British Passport Assessment with our partner firm, Philip Gamble & Partners here – https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Zareen Dawood

    Hi there,
    I had 2 questions re the ancestral visa and if my mother / myself were eligible to apply.

    My grandfather (maternal) – born in Commonwealth of Malaya, had British citizenship and gave it up upon Malaya obtaining independence from Britain in 1956. My mother was born in 1955. My mother still has all my grandfathers documents, passport etc.

    1. Is my mother eligible to apply for a British passport? Would I subsequently be able to apply for one if she were successful?

    Would also like to verify an enquiry.

    My great grandfather also on maternal side was Irish and came to Malaya in the late 1800s and married / died here. My grandmother born in Malaya never applied for an Irish / British passport. Is this link too distant to apply for an Irish passport?

    Much appreciated feedback thanks!

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

      Hi Zareen, in order to be eligible for the ancestry visa your grandparent would need to have been born in the UK and the Citizenship alone would not suffice. This would also not qualify your mother for a British passport application.

  • Ama Nil

    HI,
    My Grandaunt is a British lady. Now she lives in USA. She is my grandaunt not grandmother they help me through my education.i’m a PhD in a UK university. Am I eligible for ancestry visa?

    Thank you,
    :)

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

      Hi Ana,
      This will not qualify you

  • Alexandre Hannelas

    hi, my grand mother has the citizenship of australia. Can i apply to have the australian passport?

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

      Hi Alexandre,

      1st Contact don’t assist with Australian passports

  • Reece Frank

    Hello and good day, I am a nz citizen but have a grandfather and mother that was born in St.Helena islands that is under the British ruling does that qualify me for anything?

  • kerri

    i need some help and dont really know where to turn.my partner moved over from zimbabwe in 1999 aged 13 with his mum and since then his passport has expired he has just turned 30 and has no national id card.his brother has just purchased a uk british passport for nearly £1000 is there any way my partner can get a uk passport without having to pay such an extorsinate rate. he doesnt want to travel back to zimbabwea and has been told this is the only way he can get another national id card to then apply for a new zimbabwean passport but is out of the question can anyone help me please

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

      Hi Kerri, unfortunately this sort of Passport renewal or application is not one which we are able to assist with or expedite.

      • kerri

        ok thank you for your reply,i have some more help if any one can help please my partners mom split up with his birth father many years ago and she remarried but basically my partners birth father has come back into the picture and they are speaking and anyways my partners birth father is actually living in newzeland and he is south african so would my partner be able to get a south african passport because his dad is from there,oh and when my partners mom remarried she had her kids surnames changed to but my partner has the papers about his name change and he has his birth certificate which states his dad is south african.please help if possible as we dont know where to start,thanks.

  • Rox

    Hi there

    I was on an ancestral visa 9 years ago and stayed on the UK just under 4 years. I left the country to go home for 5 years. I am back on an ancestral visa now, do the years count towards ILR or do I start all over again?

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

      Hi Rox,

      Unfortunately the previous years will not count towards your indefinite leave to remain.
      Indefinite leave to remain us based on the last 5 years continuous residency.

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

      Hi Rox, in your case it would start all over again as you would need to spend 5 years consecutively in the UK before applying for ILR.

  • Annabelle Robinson

    Hi,
    I have an ancestry visa currently (Kenyan) and have been living in the UK for 2 years now; however I am planning on taking some time to travel and wondering how many days I can take without affecting my ILR. Some advise is 90 days per year, others 180.. could you confirm? And if I did go over this amount will I be allowed to return or do I need to apply for the visa again?

    Many thanks
    Annabelle

  • Ashlee Jeffery

    Hi There,
    Can anyone tell me if you are able to get an Ancestry Visa through a Great Grand Parent ?

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

      Hi Ashlee,
      It is not possible unfortunately.

      • Ashlee Jeffery

        Can you get any form of extended visa if you have distant family living over there ? or through great grand parents?

        I just wanted something a bit longer than a working visa seeing as i would be living with and staying with them over there

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

          This is not possible either

  • Chris

    Hi I was born in England 1990 to a Canadian mother and a British farther (his name was only put on my birth certificate 4years ago) I lived in England for 22 years then decided I wanted to travel. I had a Canadian passport when I was 10. So I applied for a Canadian passport got it went to Australia for three months and on my return to the uk my passport was stamped with a visitors visa so the six months went by and I couldn’t figure out what to do so I contacted citizens advice and they told me I would have to leave the country so I eft England and all my family and wen to Canada I’ve been stuck here for three years all I want to do is return to England. Could you advise me of my options
    Thank chris

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

      Hi Chris, based on the fact that you may have a British born grandparent on your father’s side this would mean the ancestry visa would be your best option. This would give you full settlement and work rights in the UK.

  • Val

    Hello! My grandmother was born in England and my father is British by descent, I’m 17 and I don’t know if I should apply for an ancestry visa or if there would be any other possible way I could actually apply for a British citizenship directly even though my father has never lived in England but I have the possibility of going and living in London without him 6 months before I turn 18

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

      Hi Val,
      You are able to apply for an Ancestry visa, you may contact Philip Gamble & Partners for your citizenship enquiry – https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • H Grant

    I understand that one must have a grandparent born in the UK. Both of mine are from Scotland but are now deceased. My mother and uncle are also from Scotland. Would passing along my mothers information be enough, or would I still need to get info about my grandparents from her as well?

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

      HI, you will need to show your grandparents birth certificates

  • Josh

    Hi there

    My Grandfather was born in Northern Rhodesia in 1943 which was under British rule at the time (not sure if it formed part of the UK in anyway). He has a British passport and British citizenship. Am I still eligible to apply for an Ancesrty Visa? If not what visa can I apply for that will allow me to work and study in the UK ?

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

      Hi Josh, unfortunately your grandfather’s Rhodesian birth would not entitle you to an Ancestry Visa. The applicable UK work visa would be the Tier 2 work permit.

  • sarah warman

    My great grandfather was born in England an my mum has an ancestry visa. However she has never loved in England. Does this make me eligable to get a visa an work in the uk?
    Or what other options can I try to be eligable to move to the UK?

  • flo

    Hi,

    My wife’s mum was born in the UK(uk passport holder) but unfortunately my wife’s passport wasn’t processed because her mum married a Nigerian and had to relocate to Nigeria.My wife was given birth to in Nigeria.Just to ask if there is anything my wife could do to claim her UK citizenship status.cheers!!!

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

      Hi Flo,
      Your wife can complete a free British Passport review with our partner firm, Philip Gamble & Partners here – https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

      • flo

        Thanks for the feedback.Is she suppose to specify her mum’s details in the form on the philipgamble&partner website.I just want to be sure whether it’s her detail or her mum’s.thanks

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

          It will be for the applicant

  • Ali qadri

    Hi there,
    I’m an Indian national who wants to explore his options. Unfortunately my mom left when i was 6, later my parents got divorced and she moved to the UK. I did not had any contact with her until she texted me on facebook. Its very awkward to reply after so many of not being in touch.
    I got a text from her last year, about her becoming a British national. We are so much drifted apart that i did not reply (i mean I barely do).
    I know its too much to ask. So, i just wanted to explore my options being 17, living with my dad in India and also the fact that i will turn 18 this October. am I entitled to British nationality aswell? If yes then, is there a need to rush before i turn 18?

    I hope you dont mind answering my questions.
    Best,
    Ali.

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

      Hi Ali, in order for you to eligible for British Citizenship your mother would need to have gained her British Citizenship before you were born.

      • Ali qadri

        thats not the case i’m afraid, perhaps i should just forget it.
        Thanks very much for your reply anyway.
        Cheers.

  • Elizabeth James

    Hi
    I’m an Australian national and wanting to get an Ancestry Visa. My grandmother was born in India in 1914. I am also a direct descendant of Lord Chamberlain, Mary Bruce and Mary Stuart (not sure if that helps at all?). Can you please let me know my options?

    Thanks

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

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Your grandmother would need to have been born in the UK in order to qualify.

  • Janet Dunbar

    Hi my grandfather was born in Goa . We do not have trace of his birth certificate but we know his birthdate

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

      Hi Janet, you would need to source the unabridged birth certificate for your grandfather in order for us to verify this information.

  • Chase Adam

    My grandfather was born in London he moved to NZ then married. He and his wife legally adopted out my mother. Am I still entitle to apply for ancestry visa?

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

      Hi Chase,
      You you are.

  • Tennille pearce

    Hi :) my name is tennille. I was wondering how much I would have to have in my account to apply for an ancestry visa? I live in Australia and my nan was born in Glasgow.

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

      Hi Tennille,
      You will need around £1300

  • Rebecca

    Hello,
    My son(19yo) is US born, his grandmother is UK born- I have dual nationality via decent. I understand he won’t qualify for an ancestry visa due to not being born in a commonwealth, other than a student visa is there any way he can move back home with us? Our plan is a student visa as he took a gap year and plans to study in UK but it only allows him to enter 30 days prior and we plan to leave the states approx 5 months prior to the start of uni next year. Thank you~

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

      Hi Rebecca,Unfortunately the UK Ancestry visa only applies to those born in a common wealth country.
      As your son is over the age of 18 the only option would be the Tier 4 student visa.

  • omiunu moses

    hi, my grandfather was born in Nigeria but now a British citizen can i apply for the ancestral visa?

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

      Hi Omiunu,

      The UK Ancestry visa, is granted on the basis of having a UK born grandparent.

  • Kyle Barnard

    I was wondering if my dad is now a citizen, but he gained citizenship through his new wife.. does that help my case at all. I’m now 27.

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

      Hi Kyle,

      Unfortunately this will not have any benefits to yourself.

  • 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

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

      HI Tash,
      The funds can be in either account.

  • Jesintha Ambrose

    My wife got her British Citizenship through the Right of Abode route in 2006. We have been married since 1973.. My age is 69′ how can i apply to join my wife in UK
    George

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

      Hi George,
      You will need to apply for a Spousal visa

      • Jesintha Ambrose

        could you kindly specify what is Spousal visa
        regards
        george

  • Sanita

    Hey there,

    So I’m from New Zealand and I’m looking into my eligibility to apply for a British passport.

    My mother was adopted at birth, her birth mother was born in the uk and was a British citizen.

    Is there anyway I would be eligible since my mother was legally adopted?

    Thanks!

  • Junior Brempong

    Hey!

    Both my Grandparents were born in Newfoundland prior to 1949, when Newfoundland was still a dominion of the U.K. and not part of Canada. Would I be able to quality for an ancestry visa?

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

      Hi Junior Brempong,

      Your grandparents would need to have been born in the UK.

  • Jamie Schneider

    Hello! I’m confused on how to explain on the ‘How do you qualify’ section of the UK Ancestry Visa application. I was adopted by my father, who’s parents were british. I’ve outlined what I did it in the screenshot below. Is this correct? thanks! :)

  • Leigh-Anne Rome Sacks

    Hi there. Both my parents were born in the UK, I was born in South Africa but have a british passport through my parents. Are my children eligible for a british passport or ancestry uk visa? My eldest is 7 years old.

    Thank you

    Kind Regards
    Leigh-Anne

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

      Hi Leigh-Anne, your children would not be eligible for direct British Citizenship and in order to be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa they would need to be a minimum age of 17.

      • Leigh-Anne Rome Sacks

        Ok, Thank you for your response. As I have an opportunity to move back to the UK from South Africa. What would I need to apply for in order for my children to come with me? Please advise. Thank you

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

          Hi Leigh-Anne, you would need to apply for settlement visas for your children attached to your British Passport.

          • Leigh-Anne Rome Sacks

            Thank you. Do you perhaps know what the costs are?

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

            The current cost for this visa is £1195 per applicant.

        • Lee

          Hi. I am going through the same thing right now. British Citizen living in South Africa with SA husband and 2 SA children. I am having to sponsor my husband and children by going to work in England for minimum of 6 months without them to prove I can earn at least £2100 before tax to meet the financial requirements of £24800 a year to sponsor 1 Spouse and 2 children. They have opened their doors for all EU and their family with no limitations and us being British it is near impossible. Good luck and hope you find away.

  • Danielle

    My husband and I are about to apply for the ancestry visa (his grandad was the one born in the UK).
    A few months ago we closed down his savings account and transferred his savings into my account(to save money on bank fees) which is only in my name not his.
    Can we still apply and link my bank account to his application since we are married or will He have to open a separate or joint account and wait another 3 months before application?

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

      HI Danielle, the funds can be held by the dependent for this application.

  • Liz Wise

    My granny was born in England and I am nuts about Scotland. I am visiting there more and more frequently and want to live there in the future. When that time comes I will likely have scaled down my business but still be working with some of my clients. I work for myself. Would that work for this ancestry citizen path? My long term stay would not begin for about 3 years, when would it be bet to start the process?

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

      Hi Liz, you should look to start this process around 4-6 months in advance of intended travel. The structure of being self employed on the Visa would also be sufficient.

      • Liz Wise

        Thank you. I’m not ready yet but appreciate you sharing your knowledge base.

  • Shagila Vasudevan

    Hi,

    I am a Malaysian Indian. My grandparents’ Country of Origin is India however, their Nationality is stated as a British. I would like to know if I qualify for ancestry visa or any other relevant Visa that I can apply to live and work in the UK along with my family. It is mainly for my children’s education. So yeah, would be awesome if you could advice, Thank you so much.

    Regards,
    Shagila.V

  • carissaavison@hotmail.com

    Hi there, I am wanting to apply for a UK ancestry visa. My grandparents were born and married in England but my parent and myself were born in NZ. Do my parent have to be married? They are not married and I am worried my application will be declined because they are not. can you please urgently reply to my email at carissaavison@hotmail.com

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

      Hi, your parents will not need to have been married.

  • Mahie Junior

    Hi there, I am a Pakistani and looking forward to applying for the British citizenship by Descent. My father obtained nationality by naturalization and lived and worked there for several years. As my father is no more, my mother gets pension to her bank account.
    I want to know my eligibility that whether I can claim citizenship through my father or not?

    P.S: my paternal grandparents were born outside the UK (in India).

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

      Hi Mahie, if your father gained his British Citizenship through Naturalisation before you were born this would make you eligible for a British Passport.

      • Mahie Junior

        Thank you for the quick response.
        Yes he was a national before my birth. I’ve gone through many websites and i found one criteria in common which is having grandparents born in the UK.
        I just want to ask will this affect my eligibility of gaining a british passport as my grandparents weren’t britishers, but only my father?

  • dreamer

    Hi there, just to clarify I must have 1600.00 pounds in my bank account prior to applying for my ancestry Visa, and it must be in my bank account for 90 days prior to applying? I have a job offer in the UK

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

      Hi, yes ideally this should be the case but if there is an influx of funds closer to the time of application then this would require you to include evidence of how the funds were gained.

      • dreamer

        If I were to obtain it from my future (job) would that be all right? I am hoping to not have to wait 3 month to apply for my ancestry visa.

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

          If you were to obtain it this way it would be sufficient.

  • dreamer

    Does a dependant must have 1,600.00GBP in their account? or is it just myself who has ancestry Visa

  • Waf92

    Hi so here’s my situation, I was born in south Africa my parents were from rhodesia and they moved to the UK when I was 2 weeks old, they were not south Africa citizens and I wasn’t registered there either. My mother gave up her rhodesian citizenship for British via ancestry, now where does this leave me? I believe my father also did the same, would I quality for a British passport ????

    • Waf92

      I also have 2 older brothers who have British passports but I don’t know how they acquired them !

      • Waf92

        I am now 23 and have lived in England all my life, any help would be greatly appreciated, i was also granted “indefinite leave to remain”

        • Waf92

          Anyone have any info for me please

          • Cameron Du Toit

            Well if you’ve lived in england for over 5 years you can apply for naturalism then take the test

          • Cameron Du Toit

            You should with your citizenship apply for a passport at the home affairs over there

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

      You can complete a passport review here – https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Shannon O’Beirne

    My great grandparents are Scottish but I am south African

    Would I be eligible for a right to abode visa so I can move to London

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

      Hi Shannon,
      Great grandparents will not allow you to apply unfortunately,

  • Meagan

    Hi there,
    I was hoping to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa before noticing that it said “Commonwealth” citizens.
    My grandmother was born in the UK, my mother does not have a UK passport and was born in the United States as was I.
    Are there any ways to obtain a work visa through my grandmother or no because I am not a Commonwealth citizen?

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

      Hi Meagan,
      The Ancestry visa is for Commonwealth citizens only unfortunately.

  • Cameron Du Toit

    Hello sir my great grandfather was adopted by an english couple when he was a baby does my father have right to claim an ancestoral visa ?Cause it’s his grandfather not mine and I understand that him being a great grandfather to me is a step too far for me to claim

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

      HI Cameron, yes your father would qualify.

      • Cameron Du Toit

        Thanks a lot

  • Siva

    Hello,Heres my question,my grandfather who i never met because he left south Africa 1949 became a British citizen and settle down their,what are my options,i dont have his id number, is their a way for me too track him or can i get an ancestral visa,is it possible through Naturalization of my grandfather i can get an ancestral visa or British passport,alot of companies dont bother replying too my messages,they never tell me about naturalization.Please help me and how i go about doing this.

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

      HI Siva, your grandfather would need to have been born in the UK in order for your to be eligible

      • Siva

        what about naturalization,does it only work for parents

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

          Yes this would allow for your parents to be eligible for British Citizenship.

          • Siva

            sorry to trouble you like this,what if my dad was born before my grandfather got the naturalization,my grandfather could of got this in the late 1950s,how can i apply for an under-bridge birth certificate if i don’t have my grandfathers id,again sorry to trouble you

  • Col

    Hello. Can you help as I am looking to apply for the ancestry visa. My grandfather birth certificate state Birth Within The District Of The British Consulate General at Christiania Norway. Christined in the UK and his Father and fore fathers were all UK born his mother was from norway and hence I think went there to have her child.
    Please let me know if this would go through as I would need your services to obtain the certifixate and action this application for me….. Thank u in advance

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

      HI Col, your grandfather would need to have been born in the UK in order to apply for an Ancestry visa.

      • Col

        So what does his birth certificate registered in the UK really mean. All his information, christening and growing up was done in the UK. His from a very promonent british family.As he traveled world wide on a BritishBritish passport ? Was he naturalised? Can I still not claim on that? Any information would help. Thank you in advance.

  • Ashley Powell

    My great grandmother was born in England, my grandmother was born in Canada. And my grandmother has adopted me. By way of adoption, is there any way to be eligible? It says you can claim ancestry if you or relevant parent was adopted. I just want to clarify this! Many thanks!!

  • Muhammad Abdullah

    Hey 1st contact! My grandparents hold a UK (dual) nationality but they weren’t born in the UK. They were born in Pakistan and I’m a Pakistani. What are my options if I wanna study in a UK uni? Can I get the 9k fee? Can I get ILR?

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

      Hi Muhammad,
      You will need to have UK born grandparent’s in order to apply. ILR may be applied for after you have been in the UK for 5 years., You will need to look at the Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK

  • Ashley Powell

    Hey there ! This is going to sound extremely complicated – I have commented earlier but realized I have an important piece of information!

    My great grandmother was born in the UK, my grandmother was not, but she has legally adopted me, thus becoming my parent. My first question was does that mean I am eligible by way of adoption.

    2nd question: if I have had a legal name change ( surname ) will that complicate the process? Although I will have all the necessary documention. Since it will be different than my adoption papers , but again I’ll have documents showing it is myself.

    Your answer is greatly appreciated!!

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

      HI Ashley,
      It is not possible to apply for a visa or citizenship based on a great grandparent unfortunately.

      • Ashley Powell

        But even though the website says I am eligible by way of adoption?
        what does that phrase mean?

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

          You will be eligible if your adopted grandmother was born in the UK, in your case your adopted great grandparent was born in the UK

          • Ashley Powell

            Ah so it still depends on biological, my great grandmother born in the U.K. Becoming my grandmother by adoption doesn’t count. Sorry just want to make sure!

  • Virna

    My Grandmother was born in Zambia under British rule. Her father was born in the UK She has only ever had a British passport. Can I apply for Ancestry? My father was born in Selukwe, Zimbabwe.

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

      Hi Virna, unfortunately this would not be possible as you would be required to have a grandparent who was born in the UK in order to be eligible.

  • Angie grobler

    I dont see my posting?

  • Angie grobler

    Hi, i guess i need to redo it! Please asssit? My father has a brittish passport, long expired, he died about 10 years ago. No grandparents born in uk, we think only great grandparents. However my father and us stayed in sa and my father was was also born in sa. How and why would he have had a british passport if he never stayed in uk. Must mention that he also stayed in zim for some years, but his parents was also sa born, not uk or zim. Does his brittish passport make us eligable to apply to uk? Sa not part of commenwealth, but perhaps if we get citizenship here in nz, if my father doesnt make us eligable, we can apply to uk? Thank you, angie

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

      Hi Angie, your father’s Citizenship was likely gained through his birth or residence in Zimbabwe. This would unfortunately not have an impact on your ability to gain a UK visa or Citizenship.

      • Angie grobler

        Hi there, as mentioned my father was also born in SA, Johannesburg, however more importantly is if his expired brittish passport could assist us to get into UK and if not, if you can please indicate if it cpuld once we have nz residency or citizenship, as i suppose this is a commonwealth country? Angie

        • Angie grobler

          Sorry i see you said zim residency or birth, so were merely left with the question of being in nz would help? Angie

          • Angie grobler

            Ps: So please just also confirm if we dont have genadparents born in uk and it was their parents that was born their or any further back parents, uk immigrating wont be possible and you say my mother being married to my father with the brittish pasport cant apply on her grandparants’s birth certificates being brittish, well she can possibly, but that wont either give us entry now suddenly because she has a brittish passport, just to make 100% sure please? Angie

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

            Hi Angie, yes to be eligible for the UK Ancestry Via you would need to have a grandparent who was born in the UK.

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

          Hi Angie, the validity of your father’s Passport would not have an effect on your application. Also NZ Citizenship would still require you to apply for a Visa to settle in the UK,

  • Angie grobler

    Oh ps, we just immigrated on work visas to nz.

  • Shelley Burness

    Hi Please could you let me know if i would be able to apply for a British Passport if my grandfather was born in the UK 1914.
    Thank you
    Shelley

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

      Hi Shelley,

      Based on having a UK born grandparent you may be eligible for the UK Ancestry visa. Should one of your parents have been born in the UK, you may have a claim to British citizenship.

      • Shelley Burness

        Hi thank you for your reply. What documentation would I require to start the UK Ancestry visa process.

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

          Hi Shelley,

          1st Contact offer full representation in these applications, please contact our immigration consultants and we will be able to advise you further.

  • Vero Celyn

    This is Angel Sean from USA, am sharing this article to give thanks to Dr.Vanisa, who helped me to bring back my EX lover that broke up with me for 2 months. I was searching for advise on what to do to get back my EX lover and i came across a post of a woman in USA called Angela Shuane giving thanks to Dr.Vanisa, for helping her to get back her lost HUSBAND who left her for years with her kids. I contacted the spell caster for help due to the fact that i needed my EX lover desperately because he is my lover and my life. To God be the glory, my EX lover came back to me within 12 to 16 after Dr.Vanisa, finished preparing the spell and i want the world to join me to give thanks to Dr.Vanisa, for helping me. Viewers reading my article that also need his help should contact Dr.Vanisa, with his email : [vanisaspellcaster@gmail.com]…he do cure nerve problem…..

  • Jacob Zakary Aupiais

    My Grandfather was born in the UK in 1950s-60s and moved to South Africa eventually with his family where he had my mother. My mother, born 1971, eventually registered as a British Citizen through descent in 1990. My birth, in 1994, came 4 years after she became a BC. I am wondering if I would qualify for a British Passport through he, and if not, what would I require to get an ancestral visa approved to live in the UK.
    Best,
    Jacob

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

      Hi Jacob, for more information on your Citizenship options you would need to contact our partner company at Philip Gamble https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/ outside of this option the ancestry visa would be the way to go.

  • Fateema

    Hello, my grandfather was a british citizen for over 30 years in the year 1969.. he passed away last year and i would like to know whether i can be eligible for an ancestry visa. Hope you can help. Thank you.

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

      Hi Fateema.
      As long as your grandfather was born in the UK, you may apply.

  • Ash

    Hello. My grandfather was born in Jamaica before it was independent of Britain. He also lived and work in the UK, same with my grandmother (also born in Jamaica, also lived in the UK). Do i qualify for dual citizenship? My father was also born in Jamaica before it was independent. I applied for my ancestry visa but was rejected because Im not a commonwealth citizen. Do I apply for Jamacain ancestry then apply again for UK Visa? thank you!