You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you’re one of the following:

  • a Commonwealth citizen;
  • a British overseas citizen;
  • A British overseas territories citizen;
  • A British national (overseas);
  • A citizen of Zimbabwe.

You must also prove one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and meet the certain other eligibility requirements.

You can stay in the UK for 5 years on this visa.

With a UK Ancestry visa you can work, study and bring your partner or child.

Your work can be paid or voluntary, full-time or part time, in self-employment or in a job where you’re employed by someone else.

You cannot change (‘switch’) into this visa if you came to the UK on a different visa or have access to public funds.

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 and can and plan to work in the UK.

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.

For further information please call 0207 654 3797 or email