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Old 21st February 2020, 10:49 AM
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Hi,

We are currently considering moving our whole family to the UK indefinitely.

Looking at doing so in the next 1-2 years.

I work in sales management and would look for a role similar to that, most likely before we leave.

Just looking for general advice on the best way to make this successful -

My mother was born in Scotland, however I was born before 1983 so don't automatically qualify for citizenship, however I can apply for it if I can obtain her birth certificate and expired british passport (not easy to obtain when we don't talk)

I am deciding which would work better. To become a british citizen, obtain a british passport, and then bring the rest of the family with me on some kind of visa. Or for me to obtain a UK ancestry visa and bring the family that way.

We will of course save some funds prior to coming, and I am open to going over first and organising housing etc if that needs to be the case.

Can anyone pass on any recommendations to the best way? Thanks!

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To add, we currently reside in Australia, part of the Commonwealth

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If not British then you would need to obtain a job most likely on a Tier 2 visa. The criteria for this visa are quite high and with the new points system coming in for immigration, likely to get higher.
Read about current Tier 2 visa requirements:

https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general

Your family could then enter the UK as dependents (requirements for this too)

If you could get your British citizenship, then at least you have a foot in the door and could sponsor your family (still has requirements and expensive for the visas)

There is no 'best way' ........

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If as you say you are not automatically British but qualify for an ancestry visa, that is perhaps even preferable to being British. Application fees for UK Ancestry are lower and valid for a full 5 years. In comparison, a Family of a British/Settled Person ("spouse") visa is twice the cost and has to be extended after 2.5 years for all applicants. The spouse visa also has a financial requirement to meet three times, whereas for UK Ancestry you just need to show that you've been employed more or less consistently over 5 years in order to settle.

An Ancestry Visa for you and 3 dependents (assuming two children for the sake of example) would cost 2064 over 5 years
A spouse visa for your wife and 2 child dependents would cost 4659 for the initial visas and then (at least) 3099 for the extensions

These figures do not include the fees for ILR after 5 years or the IHS (immigration health surcharge). But you would clearly save thousands over 5 years if you went for the Ancestry Visa rather than a spouse visa.

If you do register as British you cannot apply for an ancestry visa.

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