UK Ancestry Visa

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


  • 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
  • How long you can stay

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. 

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