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At what age are they likely to move to the UK and are they to settle there?
Right. Are they at the moment present in South South Africa for the purpose of their studies and graduating etc.
Would they move to the UK in order to work and settle?
One final question. What nationality is/are the father(s) of the children?
He is French Mauritian.
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I have been ill but am better now.
Sorry to hear you've been ill.
You may wish to check with a French or Maurtian lawyer to see if there is any provision by which French Overseas citizenship can be passed to them. I cannot advise in this respect, being a UK qualified lawyer.
Under our immigration rules they are not eligible for UK citizenship at present, this can only descend one generation to person born outside of the UK. This has already happened, to your daughter.
However, I believe they may be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa so that they can come and work here. The eligibility criteria is as follows, she will have to show that:-
Once they have worked in the UK for 5 years they will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain and 12 months after receiving ILR, UK citizenship. Once they have this they can obviously apply for a UK passport.
They should contact their nearest UK embassy and ask for the forms for an ancestry visa and begin collating their documents 3 months before they intend to travel.
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I know all that info you have just given me.
I came on the site because I am sure there must be a way we can organise my grandchildren passports - I have heard of sportsmen getting passports thro their grandparents to play county cricket!!
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I'm afraid that without a period of residence already in this country and without being able to obtain UK citizenship by descent the position is as above.
The UKBA does permit applications for UK citizenship made on a discretionary basis based on a detailed analysis of the particular facts of the case where the situation is quite complicated and where those persons are willing to spend considerable amounts of money on instructing solicitors to make that application. I can't comment on the South African cricketers because I am not aware of the specific details of the case, but I should have thought the clubs funded the applications.
The matter based on the facts above is not really one that would immediately strike me as one with a huge prospect of success on a discretionary basis unfortunately.
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