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The UK Ancestry Visa route is available to Commonwealth citizens who have at least one grandparent born in the UK. This is a popular route that can be taken if the applicant intends to work in the UK.


Length of stay with the UK Ancestry Visa is up to five years after which you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and finally British Citizenship.


You can apply for this if:


  • You are a Commonwealth Citizen.
  • You can provide proof that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
  • Your grandparent is either biological or grandparent by adoption.
  • You intend do work in the UK and are able to do so.
  • 17 years old or over.
  • You have a partner and dependent children under the age of 18, they may be added to your application to join you in the UK.
  • Show proof of funds to support yourself and your dependants without relying on public funds in the UK.


What you can do:


  • Work and study in the UK.


What you cannot do:

  • Claim public funds
  • Switch to this visa from within the UK.


Application must be made online before traveling to the UK. You cannot apply until 3 months before you travel to the UK. You will need to book an appointment at a visa application centre where you will have your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) taken at your appointment.

A decision will be made on your visa within 4-8 weeks of submission of application.

As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you may extend your visa as many times as you wish.

No, application must be made from outside the UK.

Application can be made for the UK Ancestry Visa if the applicant or their parent are adopted. Step parents however, will have no claim to the UK Ancestry Visa.

There is no age limit on this visa but you must prove your intention and ability to work in the UK.

One of the requirements of this visa is that you must work.

You may start your own Business and show proof of working if you ever intend to extend your visa or apply for ILR.

Contact White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public for expert advice by experienced professionals on all areas of Immigration law. The many conditions and immigration requirements that must be met are handled by White Horse Solicitors and Notary Public with excellent professionalism, reliable conduct and integrity. We will ensure that our advice focuses on your personal circumstances and will always aim to achieve brilliant results for our clients.


White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public is well placed and highly qualified in providing professional advice and assistance on making an application for UK Ancestry Visa. We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7118 1778 for our specialist and professional advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public makes every effort to keep this information current, however prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on

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