Can I still use my Ancestry Visa if I am married?

Yes. It is actually easier to sponsor using the Ancestry visa than if you are a British citizen as there is no minimum income threshold.

Do I need a job offer in the UK before I apply?

No. You only need to prove that you are able to work and genuinely intend to seek employment.

I am descended by adoption does this count?

Descent from the grandparent to the parent, and from the parent to the applicant, is permitted through adoption. However, the grandparent must have been born in the UK originally. You cannot trace to a grandparent who was only adopted in the UK. The adoption must be by a process recognised as valid for the purposes of UK law.

How do I extend my existing leave, permission or residence permit?

You must apply to the Home Office for an extension of your current visa before it expires if you required a visa when you entered the UK and currently have limited leave to remain. If you have made a valid application for further leave, your current leave will be extended on the same conditions until the Home Office make a decision on your application, and any subsequent appeal process. Note that if the visa says that you have leave ‘until’ a certain date, then you must submit your application before that date.

Does the descent have to be legitimate?

No. Descent can include through the father of an illegitimate child where he is proved to be the father.

What length of visa would I get with Ancestry?

An Ancestry visa results in 5 years leave to remain. At the end of 5 years, the applicant is eligible for settlement if they still meet the requirements of the rule. There are minimum residence requirements.

Can an Ancestry Visa be issued more than once?

Yes. Typically this is only necessary if the person did not acquire indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship, or subsequently lost that status. If any new visa is used any previous leave is automatically cancelled.

Why does the Ancestry Visa exist?

The Immigration Bill 1971, clause 2(1)(c), originally said that a Commonwealth citizen would have the right of abode in the UK if they were the child or grandchild of a person having Citizenship of the UK and Colonies (or before 1949, the status of a British subject) by birth in the UK or Islands. During the passage of the Bill, the right of abode was restricted to those whose parents (not grandparents) were born in the UK. The Ancestry visa has in effect compensated people who lost out during this amendment by providing that they can still apply to come to the UK to work.

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