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  • Ancestry visas are designed to enable commonwealth citizens with one grandparent born in the UK to come to the UK in order to work
  • Applicants must demonstrate that:
    • they are over 17 years of age
    • they are a commonwealth citizen
    • they are applying from outside the UK
    • they have a job in the UK or they are genuinely intending to find a job in the UK
    • they have enough money without help from public funds to support and house themselves and any dependants
  • Applicants must also be able to prove that one of their grandparents:
    • was born in the UK; or
    • was born before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland; or
    • was born on a British-registered ship or aircraft
  • Applicants can apply to come to the UK for an initial period of five years
  • The visa allows them to work and study and family members can also accompany them
  • Access to public funds is not permitted
  • Applicants can apply to extend this visa for a further five years
  • An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made once an applicant has held an Ancestry visa for at least five years
  • Applicant can apply for settlement after completing five years
  • they have sufficient knowledge of English language and have passed a Life in the UK test
  • Applicant has not breached UK immigration law
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