What is a UK Ancestry visa?

The UK Ancestry visa route is for a Commonwealth citizen aged 17 or over who wants to live and work in the UK
and who has a grandparent who was born in the UK or Islands

    Further Information and FAQs

    • What is the meaning of ‘a grandparent born in the UK or Islands’?

      This includes your blood grandparent or grandparent by reason of an adoption recognised by the laws of the UK relating to adoption.

      ‘Born in the UK or Islands’ means a grandparent born in one of the following circumstances:

      • In the UK
      • In the Channel Islands (Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey)
      • In the Isle of Man
      • In Ireland before 31 March 1922
      • On a British-owned or registered ship or aircraft if certain requirements are met

    • How do you satisfy the work requirement for a UK Ancestry visa?

      Applicants must be able to and intend to work in the UK to qualify on this route. Applicants granted permission on this route can do any kind of work, at any skill level, including full-time or part-time work, self-employment or voluntary work.

      You do not have to be working or have a confirmed job at the time you apply. You need only demonstrate that you are able to work and intend to seek and take employment in the UK. Evidence of this could include, but is not limited to:

      • Job offers from UK employers
      • Evidence of previous work history (in any country) or relevant qualifications
      • Evidence of applications you have made to UK employers
      • Evidence of registration with a UK recruitment agency
      • Evidence of any steps which you have undertaken to improve your chances of finding work – for example, relevant training courses
      • A business plan or expressions of interest from potential clients (if you intend to be self-employed)

    • Do you need to satisfy a set level of funds for the financial requirement for a UK Ancestry visa?

      All applicants on the UK Ancestry route must meet a financial requirement. There is no set level of funds you must hold but you must show that you can maintain and accommodate yourself and any family members applying to join you in the UK without access to public funds.

      You can rely on credible support from a third party (for example, a relative or friend) to meet this requirement.

    • Which work activities can you undertake in the UK if you hold a UK Ancestry visa?

      You can take any kind of employment or self-employment in the UK. The work can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, does not have to be with a licensed Worker or Temporary Worker sponsor, and you do not need any additional permission or endorsement from the Home Office to work once you have been granted entry clearance or permission to stay in the UK.

      Study should not be the main reason for you coming to the UK on the UK Ancestry visa route.

    • How long is a UK Ancestry visa valid for?

      The UK Ancestry visa will be granted for 5 years. You can apply to extend your visa for another 5 years when it expires if you continue to meet all of the eligibility requirements as detailed above.

      To be eligible to apply for permission to remain in the UK on the UK Ancestry visa route, you must be in the UK on the date of application and have previously been granted permission on the UK Ancestry route.

    • Can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a UK Ancestry visa holder?

      The UK Ancestry visa route provides the opportunity to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK after having spent 5 years continuous residence in the UK with permission on the UK Ancestry route.

    • How long will your UK Ancestry visa application take to process – inside of the UK?

      If you apply from inside the UK, you’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

      You can also pay for the super priority visa service which is £1000 to get a decision the next working day.

    • How long will your UK Ancestry visa application take to process – outside of the UK?

      If you apply from outside the UK, a decision is typically made within 3 weeks.

      You may be able to get your visa faster within 5 working days if you pay an extra fee of £500 or by the next working day if you pay an extra fee of £1000, subject to availability at your visa application centre.

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