Ancestry

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Ancestry route

The UK Ancestry route allows Commonwealth citizens who can prove they have a grandparent born in the UK or Islands to live and work in the UK.

 

Applying under the ancestry route

You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if all of the following are true:

 

  • you’re a Commonwealth citizen

  • you can prove one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

  • you’re able and planning to work in the UK

  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

 

Benefits of the ancestry route

You can live, work and study in the UK, without restrictions. You may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain if you’ve spent 5 years in the UK on a UK Ancestry visa.

 

Eligibility criterias

 

You must prove that you:

 

  • are 17 or over

  • have enough money without help from public funds to support and house yourself and any dependants

  • can and plan to work in the UK

 

Your ancestry

You must show that you have a grandparent born in one of the following circumstances:

 

  • in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

  • before 31 March 1922 in what is now Ireland

  • on a ship or aircraft that was either registered in the UK or belonged to the UK government

 

You can claim ancestry if:

 

  • you or your parent were adopted

  • your parents or grandparents were not married

 

You cannot claim UK ancestry through step-parents.

 

Documents you must provide

 

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

 

  • a current passport (with a blank page for your visa) or another valid travel document

  • your full birth certificate

  • the full birth certificates of the parent and grandparent your ancestry claim is based on

  • evidence that you’re planning to work in the UK, for example job offers you’ve received or a business plan if you’re self-employed

  • evidence, such as bank statements, that prove you can support yourself and any dependants in the UK - it must be dated within 31 days from when you submit your application

 

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide:

 

  • evidence that your parents or grandparents have changed their name since birth, for example marriage or civil partnership certificates or a deed poll

  • legal adoption papers if you or your parents are adopted

  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take a TB test

  • your marriage certificate or civil partnership registration document if your spouse or civil partner wants to join you in the UK

 

How to apply

 

You must apply online for a UK Ancestry visa before you travel to the UK. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel to the UK.

 

Fees

It costs £2,389 for each person applying. You also need to pay £19.20 per person to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

 

Timescale

You’ll usually get a decision within 6 months if you apply using the standard service.

 

This does not include the mandatory £19.20 biometric enrolment fees.

 

It cost an additional £800 for super priority processing (24 hour) and £500 for priority processing (5-day processing), where eligible.

 

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.