I have heard this week that the Ancestral Visa is NOT going to be abolished...for NEW ZEALANDERS. Has anybody heard anything regarding the other Commonwealth countries like South Africa, Australia and Cananda?
Where did hear this from? It would be obsurd to keep it only for NZers.
It seems like the gov't might be keeping the visas (in some form or another) afterall - see the gov't's response to the consultation on Pathway to Citizenship, which was released a few days ago together with the Draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill.
To be honest, I think this ancestry visa thing is shouldn't be kept. It's not a scheme that is fair to all and can be discriminatory in some ways. My understanding is that it only benefits the grandchildren of British citizens born in the UK, while the grandchildren of British citizens (otherwise than by descent) who are not born in the UK do not benefit. Clearly there is discrimination based on place of birth. And if one is a naturalised British citizen, why should their grandchildren not have the same rights? It's the same "ancestral" connection with Britain.
And the situation gets quite obsurd when you compare this with British nationals who are not British Citizens. Despite having direct, personal connections with Britain through birth in a British territory etc, and having lived under the British flag, these people are treated in the same way as foreigners when it comes to going to the UK, i.e. they have to apply for visas etc. Those with a direct connection to Britain are barred from the country, but 2nd generation descendants of British people born miles away from Britain can enter based on their "ancestry"? Sounds a bit ridiculous to me.
And if the Ancestry visas are because of these Commonwealth country's continuing relationship with the UK, you must also realise that only certain citizens of these Commonwealth countries benefit from Ancestry visas. Those whose grandparents are not born in the UK do not benefit, even thought they would be a Commonwealth national nonetheless.