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Renewing Your Ancestry Visa
Once you are in the UK with an Ancestry Visa, you can apply for an Ancestry Visa extension.
You can renew your Ancestry Visa after residing in the UK for five years. Extending an Ancestry Visa will allow you another five years in the country. You can also choose to settle in the UK permanently if you have lived continuously in Britain with an Ancestry Visa.
Whether you would rather apply for ILR or an Ancestry Visa extension will depend on your plans and circumstances. Reach out to IAS for advice if you are unsure about your next step in your immigration journey.
How Can IAS Help?
Our experienced lawyers can help you with every stage of your inquiry and application process. Your lawyer will organize your supporting evidence into a comprehensive application portfolio. He/she will then write a detailed Letter of Representation to support your extension application.
Get in touch on +1844 290 6312 now to speak to one of our attorneys who can answer any questions you have about the UK Ancestry Visa extension process.
Last modified on June 21st, 2023 at 5:11 am
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To be eligible for a UK Ancestry Visa renewal, you need the meet the same requirements as those you have to meet for your initial Ancestry Visa.
These are as follows:
- You are over 17
- You have enough money to support yourself without accessing public funds
- You currently work in the UK
- You are a citizen of the Commonwealth
Once you have renewed an Ancestry Visa, you can remain in the UK for another five years, with the same rights (work, study etc.) as before.
You can also make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), as you need to have been in the UK for a continuous five years to apply for this.
You cannot switch to another visa or access public funds while in the UK with a British Ancestry Visa.
The Home Office will review and make a decision on your UK Ancestry Visa renewal:
- Within eight weeks if you make a postal application; or
- The same day if you use the premium service.
You will be told that your Ancestry Visa renewal application is going to take longer to process if:
- Any of your supporting documentation needs to be verified;
- You are asked to an interview; or
- There are any exceptional circumstances (i.e. you have a criminal history).
If you have had your UK Ancestry Visa extension refused, you will have the right of appeal.
If you are in the UK when you receive the decision, you will have two weeks to respond to the Home Office with your appeal so timing is very important.
Our lawyers are experienced in assisting with the appeal process if you have had your visa refused. We can help you organize your appeal and represent you until a decision is reached.
The specialist immigration lawyers at IAS can assist you with your Ancestry Visa extension.
You will be assigned one of our expert lawyers, as part of our service.
Your lawyer will:
- Ensure that your documents are in order and that there are no gaps, shortcomings or issues with them;
- File your documents into a comprehensive evidence portfolio, to present to the Home Office;
- Write a Letter of Representation which goes into detail about your case and its merits and references any relevant supporting case-law;
- Assist you in making an application using the premium same-day service;
- Liaise with the Home Office during your application.
Call +1844 290 6312 or use our online form for advice from an immigration expert.