UK Ancestry Visa

You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you:

  • Are a Commonwealth citizen
  • Are applying from outside the UK
  • Are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK
  • Are able and planning to work in the UK

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

Your Ancestry

You must also show that you have a grandparent born in 1 of the following circumstances:

  • In the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland
  • On a British-registered ship or aircraft

You can claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent:

  • Were adopted
  • Were born within or outside marriage in the UK

You cannot claim UK ancestry through step-parents.


  • Your full birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate or civil partnership registration document if your husband, wife or civil partner wants to join you
  • The full birth certificates of the parent and grandparent your ancestry claim is based on
  • Marriage certificates for your parents and grandparents and legal adoption papers if you or your parents are adopted

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