Ancestry Visa

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Under the UK Ancestry visa, Commonwealth and British Overseas citizens with a grandparent born in the UK (or the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) can come to the UK to live, work and study. 

Once a person is granted the visa, holders are able to stay in the UK for an initial period of 5 years. After this period, ancestry visa holders can apply then apply for indefinite leave to remain.

As well as being able to live, work, and study in the UK, holders are also able to bring their dependent family members to the UK with them.

Eligibility Checks​

To qualify for the UK ancestry visa, applicants will need to be:

  • over 17 years old
  • be living outside the UK
  • be a Commonwealth citizen, British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen, a British national (overseas), or a citizen of Zimbabwe
  • able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man
  • plan to work in the UK
  • have enough money to support and house yourself and any dependents without public funding.

If you want more information about the countries that make up the Commonwealth, please visit the Commonwealth website


Need Support With Your Visa?

How to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa:

Complete the online visa application form – this must be done before travelling to the UK (up to three months before). Each dependent will need to make a separate application to join you in the UK;

    • Pay the visa application fee, healthcare surcharge, and schedule an appointment to enrol your biometrics;
    • Upload the supporting documents to prove your case
    • Attend a biometric appointment at a visa application centre in the country where you are applying.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 3 weeks. UK Visa Specialists can help you to apply for the right to live, study and/or work in the UK under the UK Ancestry Route.

If this applies to you, rest assured the team at UK Visa Specialists have an unrivalled level of experience and understanding of Home Office policies and guidelines which increases the chances of your application being successful.

Obtaining an Ancestry visa often entails you to produce paperwork and documentation surrounding your ancestor’s date and place of birth, and in certain circumstances, their marriage.

We can help with organising the correct documentation and information required from the outset of your application, ensuring that you do not lose valuable time or end up paying additional fees.

We will approach your case systematically and professionally to give a successful outcome. We can help make the application process as understandable and simple as possible, every step of the way.

Once processed, the application stage can take 3 months to decide so please ensure that you leave sufficient enough time for our expert lawyers to help you obtain the necessary documentation required for a successful decision.

Whilst the Home Office fees are constantly changing, it is currently £637 to apply for a UK Ancestry visa, plus your payment towards the healthcare surcharge.

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If you would like more advice or to discuss your visa application with one of our UK Visa specialists, you can contact our team of specialists on 0161 843 9000 or complete our enquiry form below.