UK Ancestry Visa

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The UK Ancestry Visa gives Commonwealth nationals with a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, the opportunity to immigrate to the UK.

Become a Permanent UK Resident

With a United Kingdom Ancestry Visa, you are initially given 5 years to live and work in the UK. After 5 years in the UK you can apply for permanent residence (Indefinite Leave to Remain), provided you meet the necessary requirements. See Eligibility for more information.

Visa Requirments

  • You must have a grandparent who was born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
  • You must be aged 17 years or over.
  • You must be a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations. See all eligible countries.
  • You must be able to support yourself in the UK without access to public funds.

Ancestry Visa FAQs

Can my spouse work in the UK?

Yes. If you are on a UK Ancestry Visa your spouse is also entitled to work in the UK.

What are the required documents for the UK ancestry visa?

This visa requires you to present birth certificates for you, your parents, and the grandparent that proves your ancestry.

Birth Certificate has to be issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages then it will be acceptable. Apart of the birth certificates there are other documents that need to be submitted as a part of the application.

Visa First can process this visa for you. Our visa specialists will assess your documents, present them to the relevant authority, handling your application from start to finish. We will keep you in touch in the process, getting back to you if the immigration authorities require additional documents or information.

Can I apply for a UK Visa for my spouse and children at the same time?

Yes – you do not need to wait until your UK Ancestry Visa is accepted before applying for the rest of your family. You can all apply together as long as you meet the requirements.

Is there a set amount of money that you need to bring into the country on arrival?

Basically when applying for the UK Ancestry visa you need to provide a bank statement for 1600 GBP. You need to have this required minimum of funds upon arrival in the UK because otherwise you might not be allowed in. Please be advised that the fact that you have your visa granted doesn’t mean that you will be allowed to enter the country if you don’t meet the entry requirements.

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