British Ancestry Visas
Canadian citizens who have a British born grandparent may apply for a British Ancestry Visa. A British Ancestry Visa is valid for five years. At the end of the five-year period you can apply for permanent residence.
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British Ancestry Visa
If you are a Commonwealth citizen and you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, you may be able to apply for a British Ancestry visa subject to meeting the following eligibility requirements:
- You are 17 or over,
- You are a Commonwealth citizen,
- You are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK,
- You provide proof that you have the ability and intention to work in the UK, and
- You have sufficient funds to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants in the UK.
As part of the application, you must show that you have a grandparent born in one of the following circumstances:
- In the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
- Before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland
- On a British-registered ship or aircraft.
You can claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent:
- Were adopted
- Were born within or outside marriage in the UK.
- It is important to note that UK ancestry cannot be claimed through step-parents.
Advantages of a British Ancestry Visa
If you obtain a visa in this category, you will be given a five-year visa and will be allowed to work, study and bring family members to the UK such as your spouse/partner and children.
The major attraction of this visa is that you will be able to apply for permanent residence in the UK upon completing 5 years lawful residence in this category.
For further advice and information please schedule a consultation.
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UK Immigration Frequently Asked Questions
Our team of UK immigration lawyers will handle your case promptly and diligently until you achieve the desired outcome. Your dedicated UK immigration attorney will provide you with an estimated processing period for your case and keep you informed through each stage of the UK visa process. To expedite the processing of your application, we will ensure that your forms are meticulously completed and that you provide sufficient supporting documentation.
However, please note that the UKVI processing time depends on several factors including the volume of cases the UKVI is receiving and whether there are any priority programs where UKVI gives precedence to applicants from war torn countries or countries affected by natural disasters.
We can offer a fast-track service if your application is time sensitive. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about this package and all the services provided by our immigration lawyers.
Hiring one of our qualified UK immigration attorneys can offer several benefits when applying for a visa. Here are some of the advantages:
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