The UK Ancestry Visa category is for persons that are Commonwealth citizens and can demonstrate their UK ancestry by the birth of one of their grandparents in the UK.

What is the UK Ancestry Visa? 

The UK Ancestry Visa is for Commonwealth citizens that are resident outside the UK and plan to enter the UK to work can apply to enter the UK under their UK Ancestry if they can prove that one of their grandparents was born in the UK.

Requirements for a UK Ancestry Visa application

In order to qualify for a UK Ancestry Visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you:

  • Are a Commonwealth Citizen;
  • Are aged 17 or over;
  • Can provide proof that one of your grandparents was in the UK and islands (Guernsey, Jersey or Isle of Mann), Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922 or on a British registered ship or aircraft;
  • Are able to work and intend to take or seek employment in the UK; and
  • Can maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependents in the UK without recourse to public funds.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

Meeting the UK Ancestry Visa Requirement

A UK Ancestry Visa can only be made from outside the UK. You are not permitted to switch into this visa whilst in the UK.

In order to demonstrate UK Ancestry, you will need to prove that one of your grandparents, which must be either a blood grandparent or grandparent by reason of adoption, was born in the UK or in the islands (Guernsey, Jersey or Isle of Mann) or in Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922 or on a British registered ship or aircraft. The fundamental piece of evidence required here is your grandparent’s birth certificate, which would confirm the place of birth. However, it usually proves difficult obtaining your grandparent’s birth certificate and investigations would need to be made as to alternative forms of evidence that could be obtained if the birth certificate was not available.

If you have any doubts about applying for the UK Ancestry Visa, please contact our immigration lawyers for expert advice.

Making a UK Ancestry Visa application with OneLaw Chambers

At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with UK Ancestry Visa applications in order for applicants to remain and settle in the UK.  We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful UK Ancestry Visa applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.

Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a UK Ancestry Visa or professional immigration representation with preparing your UK Ancestry Visa immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.

We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process. 


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