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UK Ancestry visa: Am I eligible for British citizenship?

If you have at least one British born grandparent, are over the age of 17 and intend on working upon your arrival in the UK then you do qualify for an ancestry visa.   The UK Ancestry visa allows Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, to live and work in the UK without restriction for an initial five-year period. South Africa is a part of the Commonwealth therefore we are eligible for this visa.   If your visa is granted, yo… Read More

Entry requirements for British passport holders into the EU

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021: You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. If you are travelling through the Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Sche… Read More

Is your British Passport due to expire shortly? Don't let it run out!

If you want to travel into the European Union for example, you must have at least 6 months validity left on your passport. If you don't, this could mean that you are not allowed to fly or you are denied entry into your destination country. With the current Covid-19 pandemic, Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) in the UK is experiencing delays when it comes to the renewing of or applying for passports. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may hav… Read More

USA Visas: Extension of Visa Fee Validity

The U.S. Department of State understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that U.S. Missions will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the su… Read More