For those with a grandparent born in the UK, an Ancestral visa allows you to work in the UK for up to 5 years. To qualify you must:
- Be over 17 when you apply
- Have the marriage certificates of your parents and grandparent
- Have the full birth certificates of the parents and grandparent
- Be able to work and intend to do so in the UK
- Able to support yourself without needing any help from public funds
We offer a ‘No Visa No Fee’ Promise – so if you apply for your visa and don’t get it, we’ll refund your package. That’s how confident we are that with our help you’ll have your visa stamped in your passport and back in your hands!
*Please note that our Visa Package Fee does not include the ‘Entry Clearance’ Fee and ‘International Health Surcharge’, which is payable directly to the Government once your application is complete and ready to submit. This will then entitle you to unlimited access to NHS healthcare in the UK for the full duration of your visa. This means that you will receive fee-free access to NHS hospitals and GPs, as well as heavily subsidised dentistry.
Organised or in complete disorder? Excited or at panic central? Can’t wait to jump on the plane or are you looking at the cancellation terms! Whatever stage or emotional state you are in there is always something incredibly reassuring in talking to someone who understands where you’re coming from. Whether you have a million and one questions or just want to hear more about what lies ahead, this is a great chance to get advice, answers, ideas and inspiration.
Around one-in-four ancestral visa applications get rejected so getting it right the first time will avoid costly delays! So don’t leave yours to chance! Our visas consultants will complete your visa application for you, check all your supporting documents and only submit when everything is in order. Spare yourself the ‘Will I, won’t I get it’ stress and let us ensure your application goes through first time around.
If there’s one area that will have you reaching for the Calmomile tea it is the topic of UK Bank Accounts. With opening criteria that changes with the tides, it is no wonder this area has many on the brink of a mental breakdown! Luckily BritBound has been around for years, we know how the banks work and we can go to the very top if we need to get things fixed for you! We’ll ensure you get a UK account! There are a number of options available; the choice of bank account we recommend will be determined on your passport and visa type. However all options we offer are a same day account.
This is something you may not even have thought about yet…how do you get your money from one country to another? How do you ensure that when you get here you have a bank account with funds you can access? Because using ATM cards overseas can be costly, very costly. Well the answer is with an International Money Transfer. But transferring money can be an expensive undertaking. Banks usually charge a fee to carry this out for you; then the receiving bank charges too. Ouch! There are lots of options out there but as a one off transaction you really cannot beat the exchange rate of an online money transfer company.
All of our packages include a UK Sim Card and we provide your number straight away so you can give it out to your family, friends and any employers or recruitment agencies even before you leave. Being contactable from the word go is a huge benefit especially when it comes to getting work here and pretty sure your nearest and dearest will be relieved to know they can get hold of you once you’ve arrived and turned your phone on. Your SIM will be waiting for you to pick up on arrival into the BritBound Base. Or you can upgrade and select for it to be posted to you home address before departure.
All of the SIMs are mainstream network providers. There are a whole host of SIM brands that piggy back off the networks – trouble is many are here today gone tomorrow brands that look like a great deal but are actually riddled with hidden charges and fees. But if you are looking to live and work here for an extended period you need a network that has great coverage and competitive contract offerings. These SIMs are set up on a Pay As You Go system but the numbers are portable so when you have enough credit history and can move onto a contract you won’t need to change numbers.
It is a legal requirement when you work in the UK to have an NI number so we will ensure that you get your number set up as quickly as possible. Your NI number is similar to a social security or tax file number and works as a unique ID number that you have for the rest of your life. It also gives you access to a whole range of services including a reciprocal health scheme with our National Health Service.
What better way to celebrate your arrival to the UK and the start of your amazing adventure than with a few drinks before heading out on the town to sample the local pub scene?! Throw in a couple hours of incredibly engaging facts and essential information on living here and this is one BritBound event not to be missed. Among the priceless tips and guides on settling into the UK and London we’ll cover National Insurance, long term accommodation, finding the job you want and ideas on what to do and experience whilst you’re here.
Whether you are looking for a short term solution to arriving here or something more long term then we’ll have some options. We work not only with London’s top award winning hostels but also credible agencies and landlords who have houses and rooms available across London. When you come along to our Arrival Info Party we’ll talk through tips and advice on things to be aware of and how to go about finding something suitable. We also invite landlords along to answer questions and you will have access to an accommodation listing that’s exclusive to BritBounders.
The legendary Walkabout Bars have 22 venues throughout the UK including the must see Temple Bar in London. The BritBound/Walkabout discount card offers 25% off food, shots from £1.50, mixed drinks & pints from £2 and a heap of other drink deals. There are also other specific deals saving you loads of money at each bar!
Whether you are a gym bunny or not, Fitness First is offering BritBounders a 5 day gym trial to help you beat the ‘Heathrow Injection’ (also known as too many pints and pies) and make sure that you’re ready to enjoy the British Summer!!
In the highly unlikely event that you do not own a Ministry of Sound compilation (or even more unlikely you have never heard of them), then here’s your chance to find out what all the fuss is about! Because even after 20 years it is still at the forefront of the global dance music scene and what a night / morning out it is! Your Discounted Entry (save up to £20) can be redeemed at one of the many key events throughout the year including our very own BritBound exclusive nights, where we have the venue to ourselves before the doors open to the general public.
Our legendary Monopoly Pub Crawl visits many of the famous landmarks featured on the famous Monopoly Board with some additional Community and Chest challenges thrown in! With numbers averaging around 150 this is a social event on a grand scale! Save at least £5.
Whether you’re travelling to the UK on your own, with a partner or in a group of friends, meeting new people is one of the most enjoyable aspects of living and working overseas.
The BritBound social events membership gives you access to 365 exclusive BritBound events per year and also discounts on many London, UK and European outings, events and adventures. From cheap price theatre nights, pub quiz’s, boat cruises, festivals and weekend tours…the BritBound social events calendar will ensure that your diary is the envy of all.
Once a BritBounder always a BritBounder! Whether you want to come and chill out at our base in London, take advantage of the free Wifi or simply come round for a cuppa and a catch up our door is always open. There is no expiry on our support, we’re here for you for as much or as little as you need us to be.
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