UK Ancestry Visa

To qualify for a UK ancestry visa you must be able to prove you have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922.

This grandparent does not still need to be alive for you to be able to apply for this type of visa.

Applying for a UK Ancestry Visa with AWH Solicitors

At AWH Solicitors we have extensive experience in successfully filing and reviewing visa applications for applicants from around the world.

Each person’s situation is unique and each visa application is different.

To understand if you are eligible and to find out exactly what you would need to do to be granted the UK ancestry visa call us today. Our immigration solicitors can tell you exactly how you can be successful.

Ancestry Visa Maximum Stay

With a United Kingdom ancestry visa you are initially given five years to live and work in the UK.

After five years in the UK you can apply for permanent residence, provided you meet the necessary requirements.

Most applicants for this type of visa are intending on staying in the UK permanently.

Applying for Residence as a UK Ancestry Visa Holder

If you wish to apply for permanent residence you can do so after living in the UK for five years or more.

Our immigration solicitors are able to help you through the application process with ease by providing you with guidance and support, help with collecting supporting evidence and helping you put together your request for permanent residence, ensuring the best chance at a successful outcome.

Applying for permanent residence, also known as indefinite leave to remain, is a complex and lengthy process. Applications will be denied even on the most simple of administrative mistakes.

This is why we always recommend each applicant to either instruct a solicitor manage their visa application or allow their solicitor to run a full document check prior to applying.

British Citizenship

Children born in the United Kingdom to persons with UK ancestry (since 1983) are not British citizens by birth.

However, the child can be registered as a British citizen once the parent obtains ILR as long as the child is still under 18 at the time of registration. It is not necessary for the child to wait for the parent to become British.

To apply for British citizenship for yourself or your child contact our experts at AWH Solicitors. With expert advice and guidance we can help you through the application process with ease.

Applying for Your Ancestry Visa

  • General requirements

    In addition to being able to prove you have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922, you must also prove that you are:

    • 17 or over, and
    • Have enough money support yourself and any dependants during the time you are planning to live in the UK , and
    • Are able to work in the UK and intend to do so

    You can also claim UK ancestry if either you or the relevant parent were adopted or born within or outside marriage in the UK. You can’t claim UK ancestry through step-parents.

  • Documents to provide

    In addition to your passport picture you must also provide:

    • A valid travel document or passport
    • If you are not a national of the country in which you are applying, you will also need to provide evidence of permission to be in that country. This could be a current visa or residence permit
    • Evidence to support the information you have given
    • Previous passports
    • Evidence of funds

Contact AWH Solicitors for Advice on your Visa Application

Applying for any type of visa can be complicated, especially due to the need to provide evidence to support the claims you make in your application.

For a UK ancestry visa application you must be able to satisfy the Home Office of your ancestry by providing trustworthy proof as part of the evidentiary documentation you send in supporting your application.

Our solicitors can help collect your evidence, complete and file your application for you.

With our extensive knowledge and expertise in UK immigration law you can be assured that our solicitors will provide you the best chance at a successful outcome.

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Our Fees

Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.

However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.

Immigration solicitor fees
30 minute initial consultation £60 + VAT
Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over £60 + VAT
Initial consultation + advice letter £300 + VAT
Visa checking service(no drafting) £250 + VAT
Extension applications settlement From £1,000 + VAT

Entry clearance fees - out of country
Visit Visa £600 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Employed £700 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Self Employed £800 + VAT
Dependants (Parent/Relatives) From £800 + VAT

What is included:

  • Advice on procedures and law
  • Completion of the paper and on line application form
  • Advice on all documents required to submit with application
  • Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
  • Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Preparation of the covering letter
  • Attendances and follow up

In country applications (extensions)
Extension applications for:

  • Spouse visa
  • Tier 4 student
  • Application for discretionary leave/humanitarian protection
  • Applications for long residence
  • EEA Applications
  • Domestic violence applications
Services include:

  • Attendance and advice on procedure and legal procedure
  • Advice and completion of forms
  • Advice on documents required
  • Preparation of covering letter
  • Submission to Home Office
From £800 + VAT
Points based system - applications and extensions applications
  • Extension applications
  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4
All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.

From £900 + VAT

Other Immigration applications
Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card £400 + VAT
Travel document application £400 + VAT
Entry clearance forms (completion only) £70 + VAT
Home Office Forms (completion only) £200 + VAT
Asylum From £2,000 + VAT
Asylum - fresh claim £1,200 -£1,500 + VAT

British Citizenship
Application for British citizenship/children registration £500 + VAT

Corporate fees
Employers licence for businesses (online) From £1,000 + VAT
Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur) From £2,000 + VAT
Tier 1 extension application(Entrepreneur) From £2,000 + VAT
Business audit services Price available upon request

Lodge appeal only £400 + VAT
Lodge appeal and representation £1,200 - £1,500 + VAT
Asylum appeal £1,500 - £2,000 + VAT
Bail application and representation at hearing From £1,000 + VAT
Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal From £900 + VAT
Review of decision and counsels opinion £350 + VAT

Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.

The consultation fee is discounted at the end of the case if we are instructed.

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    Our reputation is largely built on the exceptional level of client care we continue to deliver.

    Every case is handled with the utmost level of respect and many of our clients have recommended us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

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    We adhere to providing full transparency on fees, ensuring that you know exactly what you are paying for and keep you updated on the progress of your case along every step of the way.