Hi, no I didn't make a mistake with the system.
I've been looking at UKBA's documents pretty carefully for a while, and had advice from 3 different immigration experts. As far as I am aware there is absolutely no question that the Ancestry visa is a work visa. Which means that there is absolutely no question that it's the 180 days/year rule that's currently applicable.
My actual question was whether that 180 days was to be used only for paid annual leave, work related absences, and "compelling reasons" *or* whether the 180 days could be used for anything I liked. aka a 90 day vacation in Thailand.
UKBA says that tier 1 investors, entrepreneurs, and exceptional talent can use the 180 days in any way they see fit - no restrictions and no need to explain the absences.
They say that for someone in my category absences must be connected to my reason for being in the UK or for serious or compelling reasons. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/modernised/cross-cut/ilr-calculating-continuous/ilr-calculating-continuous.pdf?view=Binary
I would like to know what exactly UKBA's statement, "absences must be connected to the applicant's purpose for being in the UK" actually means.
I paid for this service thinking that I would get an expert opinion. I wasn't delighted to be advised that "the second option (the old rule about 180 days in 5 years) might apply. This is clearly not the case. I'm not an expert by any means and I know that!!
Inaccurate information is particularly frustrating when you want accurate information so much that you paid for it. sigh.