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, you will be allowed to work without restriction, whether employed or self-employed, for the duration of your stay in the UK.
You can then apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if:
- You have been living and working in the UK for 5 years with a UK Ancestry visa.
- You have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months of the last 5 years (known as ‘continuous residence’).
After spending a further 12 months in the UK on ILR, you can then apply for UK citizenship and if successful, you will receive a British passport via naturalisation.