Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry Visa is a popular immigration route, which is available to Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent in the UK, and intend to work.

A quick look

The UK Ancestry Visa allows you to live in the UK for up to 24 months.

No, this visa does not need to be accompanied by a Sponsor Licence.

You are allowed to:

  • Work
  • Study
  • Bring your partner and/or children with you, if eligible


Your work can be:

  • Paid or voluntary
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Self-employed or employed by someone else

You are not allowed to:

  • Switch into this visa if you came to the UK on a different visa
  • Get public funds

UK Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry Visa is a popular immigration route. It is available to Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent in the UK, and intend to work. 

Requirements

There are several requirements for this visa. To be eligible, you must be:

  • A Commonwealth citizen
  • Able to provide proof that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (the grandparent can be a biological grandparent, or a grandparent by adoption)
  • Able and planning to work in the UK
  • Over 17 years old
  • Able to show proof of funds to support yourself without relying on public funds in the UK


Additionally, you will need to show that your relevant grandparent was either:

  • Born in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Born before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland
  • Born on a British-registered ship or aircraft


You can claim ancestry if you, or your relevant parent, were adopted. UK ancestry cannot, however, be claimed through step-parents.

How long can I stay?

The UK Ancestry Visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to five years, after which you have the option of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain and Naturalisation. 

How much does a UK Ancestry Visa cost?

The fee to apply for entry clearance with a UK Ancestry Visa is £637.

In addition to the visa application fee, you will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your application to allow you to use the National Health Service once living in the UK.

The IHS will be calculated on the basis of how much leave is granted, with the current rate being £1,035 per year.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.
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The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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