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Hi all,

I've posted in these forums a number of times regarding YMS Visa and also UK Ancestry. Recently, at the expiration of my YMS, I applied for and received a UK Ancestry Visa. I'm now in the beginning months of my UK Ancestry, but have a few questions regarding requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain which I can apply for in 5 years time.

I understand the basic requirements, such as time spent in UK in the 5 year period and so forth. However, I have some questions regarding finances and employment. From what I understand the requirements can be very strict for people applying for ILR from different categories (for example, from points-based or spousal). My understanding is that the financial and employment requirements for ILR from Ancestry are more simple - essentially the same requirements that one must meet to get their Ancestry Visa. Is this correct? If so, that means that there is no hard financial requirement to switch from Ancestry to ILR? Moreover, the financial requirement would more or less be that you can support yourself etc. without recourse to public funds?

In terms of employment specifications, again it would be the same as when originally applying for UK Ancestry? I know that if you're unemployed at the time, you would have to disclose 5 years of employment activity and prove you're actively looking for work. In my case, I will most likely still be employed in 5 years due to the nature of my work. Does that mean I would then only have to provide, for example, 6 months of payslips and a letter from my employer?

I have already read this document: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/si...df?view=Binary

I suppose I am just looking for confirmation that my understanding is correct in terms of the requirements for switching from Ancestry to ILR. I know that things could change in 5 years, but I just don't want to get caught out in 5 years time thinking I meet the financial requirements when I don't.

It seems to me, although I could be wrong, that the Ancestry route is a lot easier than others and that the requirements for applying for ILR from Ancestry are different than applying for ILR from another category.

Thanks for your time, much appreciated


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Yes, it is different and those who have been in UK for 5 years and have been in work or self-employment should have no problems being approved for ILR. You still need to pass Life in the UK Test.

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Hi Joppa,

Thanks for the reply and thanks for the affirmation.

I had forgotten about the 'life in the UK' test, I guess I'd better brush up on my history because it appears to be the most difficult requirement of the lot.

Thanks again


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