UK Ancestry Visa allows Commonwealth citizens who are the immediate descendants of UK nationals permission to live and work in the UK. Many Indian, New Zealand, Australian, South African, and Canadian nationals have close ancestral ties with Britain. Many never take advantage of their ancestral rights, even though they are sitting on the proverbial jackpot that is British citizenship.


The UK Ancestry Visa is part of the UK Family Visa category. It allows Commonwealth citizens with at least one grandparent who was born in the UK to come to the United Kingdom. The visa is valid for 5 years, whilst in the UK you will have the freedom to live work, and study.

You can work and live in the UK without restriction.
There is no requirement of a work permit or sponsor.
Your spouse, civil or unmarried partner and your dependant children can all benefit by joining you in the UK.
There are no restrictions on the type of employment undertaken during your stay in the UK.

UK Ancestry Visa

Requirement of Ancestry Visa

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen
  • Aged 17 years old or older
  • Have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or in the Republic of Ireland before 31st March 1922
  • You want to work and live in the UK
  • You can support yourself and any dependants without having to rely on public funds

UK Ancestry Visa financial requirement

According to the Home Office UK ancestry visa guidance, there are no set amount of funds that an Ancestry visa applicant must hold. Rather they must be able to prove that they can maintain and accommodate themselves and any family members coming with them without the need to request public funds.

Dependants of a person with a UK Ancestry Visa

With an Ancestry visa, you can also bring your eligible family members with you to the UK. The UK immigration rules define a dependant as a partner or child of the main applicant. Please note that only children below the age of 18 can apply as dependants.

UK Ancestry Visa to ILR and British citizen

You can apply for ILR after 5 years continuous residence in the UK under the Ancestry Visa. It should be noted that ILR is not automatically granted, rather you will need to submit a full ILR application. After spending at least 12 months in the UK after receiving ILR, you will be able to apply to become a British citizen.

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