UK Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa is available to Commonwealth citizens, British overseas citizens, British overseas territories citizens, British nationals (overseas), and citizens of Zimbabwe. To qualify, you must prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man, and meet other eligibility criteria.

Application Timeline

  • You can apply for this visa up to 3 months before your intended travel.
  • The decision on your visa application is typically made within 3 weeks for applications from outside the UK.
  • Expedited processing options are available at an additional cost.

Fees and Surcharges

  • The visa fee for a UK Ancestry visa is £531.
  • Additionally, you might need to pay the healthcare surcharge, the amount of which should be checked before applying.

Duration and Extension

  • This visa allows you to stay in the UK for 5 years.
  • After this period, you may have the option to extend your visa for another 5 years or apply for indefinite leave to remain to settle permanently in the UK.

Rights and Restrictions

With a UK Ancestry visa, you have the flexibility to:
  • Work in various forms, including:
    • Paid or voluntary work
    • Full-time or part-time roles
    • Self-employment or traditional employment roles
  • Study
  • Bring your partner or child with you
However, you cannot:
  • Switch to this visa if you entered the UK on a different visa
  • Access public funds


In summary, the UK Ancestry visa offers a pathway for eligible individuals with ancestral ties to the UK to live, work, study, and potentially settle in the country for an initial period of 5 years.

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