UK Ancestry visa, eligibility, and application process 


You can move to the UK through an ancestry visa if you are a citizen of Commonwealth countries or one of your grandparents was born in the UK. It’s an opportunity for people with English blood to move to the country and take advantage of benefits.

The article explains who is eligible for a UK ancestry visa, requirements, the application process, and FAQs.

What is UK Ancestry visa?

You are able to apply for a UK Ancestry visa if all of the below conditions are met:

  • You are considered as a Commonwealth citizen
  • Being able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in:
    • the UK, or
    • the Channel Islands, or
    • the Isle of Man
  • You have the ability to plan and work in England
  • You have the other eligibility principles (mentioned below)


Who is eligible for a UK ancestry visa?

The eligibility principles are as follows:

Visa applicant

You must show that:

  1. You are 17 years old or older.
  2. You have the necessary money to support yourself and any of your dependents without the aid of public funds, and you can also find a residence for yourself.
  3. You are able and want to work in the UK.


Your ancestry

One of your grandparents were born in one of the subsequent circumstances, and you can prove it:

  • The UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man
  • The land currently called Ireland, before March 31, 1922
  • On a registered ship or plane in the UK or on one that belongs to the British government


You can claim ancestry if the following conditions are met:

  • You or your parents are adopted
  • Your parents or grandparents are not married

Note: You cannot apply for UK ancestry through your stepparents.


Your partner and children

Your partner and children are able to apply to join you as your “dependent.” If they will be considered eligible.

“Dependent” is any of the following:

  1. Your partner
  2. Your child under the age of 18
  3. Your child 18 years or older was previously considered dependent on your or your partner’s visa.

You must provide proof of your relationship when submitting the application.


Eligibility principles for your partner

You need to prove one of these conditions:

  1. Currently, you are in a civil partnership or married, which is recognized in England
  2. For a minimum of two years, you have lived together at the moment of applying


Your child

They must:

  1. Live with you (unless they are receiving full-time education at boarding school, college, or university)
  2. Single, not in a civil partnership, or have children
  3. You have supported them without the help of public funds


What are the requirements for a UK ancestry visa?

When you apply, you must provide the following supporting documents or requirements:

  1. Current passport (have a blank page for visa) or another valid travel document
  2. Your complete birth certificate
  3. Complete birth certificate of parents and grandparents, which is your claim of Ancestry is based on
  4. Evidence that you plan to work in the UK, such as a job offer you received. A business plan (if self-employed)
  5. Evidence like bank statements proving that you can support yourself and any dependents in the UK. Statements should be dated within 31 days of submitting your application.

Depending on your situation, you may also need to provide:

  1. Evidence showing that your parents or grandparents have changed their names since birth, such as a civil partnership certificate, a marriage certificate, or deed poll.
  2. If you or your parents are adopted, provide legal adoption documents.
  3. If you are coming from a country required to undergo a tuberculosis test, your tuberculosis test result must be provided.
  4. Your marriage or civil partnership certificate. If your husband, wife, or civil partner wishes to meet with you in the UK, you must provide the registration documents.


How to apply for a UK ancestry visa?

 Apply from outside the UK

The application process for the Uk ancestry visa is as follows:

Step 1. Are you eligible?

Before you begin the application process, determine if you are eligible or not. If not, you may not apply, and your application will get rejected. The British authorities are strict with visa rules. You might also be able to work on your case to fulfill the eligibility principles. So look before you leap.

Step 2. The online application form

You have to apply for a UK ancestry visa online before going to the UK. To do so, you need to visit the UK Visa and Immigration Website. If it’s the first time you visit the site, you need to create an account for which you need a verified email address. You need to have access to the email address as the authorities might send you notifications.


You need to complete the following steps on the website:

  1. Start, which is registering with a verified email address.
  2. Application, you complete information.
  3. Document, you submit the required supporting documents.
  4. Declaration.
  5. Pay fees
  6. Further steps to follow by your case.

You select your place of residence and complete the procedure. You also need to pick a place to submit biometric information:

  • TLS contact if you are in Europe, Africa, and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

The website guides you to complete the further steps, so read every detail carefully.


 Applying with your family

Your partner and children are able to apply to join you in the country. Each family member must apply to come to the UK as your “dependent” on their own.


Extend your visa

You can apply for an extension and stay in the UK for another five years. You must apply prior to the expiry of your current visa.

You are allowed to extend your visa however many occasions as you need to, as long as you actually have the eligibility prerequisites.

If you have lived in the UK on this visa for five years, you can apply for permanent residence in the UK.


After you apply for an extension

After you submit the application, as long as you have applied before the last visa expires, you can remain in the UK until a decision is made.

You should not leave the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man until a decision is handed over to you. If you leave England, your application will be withdrawn.

If your application is complicated and takes longer, the people in charge of processing will contact you, for example:

  • If your supporting documents have to be confirmed
  • If you are required to go to an interview
  • Due to your personal circumstances (if you have committed a crime and now you have a conviction record)

Extending with your partner or children visa

In applying for an extension, you must include the dependents (your partner or children) on your current visa. This comprises children who have turned 18 years old during your stay. They do not need to apply for this separately.


UK ancestry visa fees

For each applicant, you need to pay:

  • 1033 GBP application fee
  • Medical surcharge check how much you need to pay
  • 19.20 GBP to get your biometric information (fingerprint and photo)


The processing time for a UK ancestry visa?

Most of the time, after eight weeks, you will receive the decision.

The country you apply from is a factor in the processing time. Check if your visa application center offers quicker choices and different services.

Let’s sum up…

The article explained who is eligible for a UK ancestry visa, requirements, and the application process. It also covered questions related to extension, fees, and processing time.

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