UK Ancestry Visas

A UK Ancestry Visa allows you to live and work in the UK without restriction if you can prove you have a UK-born grandparent. This is a popular option for people throughout the Commonwealth who have been unable to claim British Nationality.

It is issued for an initial period of five years. The family of an Ancestry Visa holder can also live in the UK providing they have adequate funding available to ensure no public funds will be necessary to support them.

Over 4,000 Ancestry Visas are issued every year

An Ancestry Visa holder may also be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and UK Nationality, provided they meet the requirements and stay in the UK for longer than five years.

The definition of a UK birth, as applies to the Ancestry Visa, includes those born on the Channel Islands and on British-registered ships, but does not include birth in former British Colonies.

You can still make a claim if you have been adopted, but not through British step-parents or step-grandparents.

Ancestry Visa applications can also be complicated when there are discrepancies with dates/places of birth or with the ancestral names recorded on old birth and marriage certificates. In some cases ancestral records are not even available.

For over 20 years we have been helping people discover and certify their claim to British Heritage and Nationality. We examine your family tree and conduct thorough research to give you an authoritative answer as to your Visa and Nationality options.

Please contact us if you think you may qualify for an Ancestry Visa, or if you have any questions.

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