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Requirements for the Ancestry visa

March 4, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

You may be able to apply for an Ancestry visa if you are a commonwealth citizen and you can prove that one of your grandparents is from the UK. On this visa, you’re able to work, study and bring a partner or child. There are 54 commonwealth countries which gives a wide scope for those who may be eligible. 

Without listing all 54 countries, a few commonwealth countries include:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand 
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana 
  • Uganda
  • Singapore
  • Maldives
  • Malaysia

What are the requirements for the Ancestry visa?

You will have to show that you have a grandparent born: 

  • in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. 
  • Or born in Ireland before 31 March 1922
  • Or on a ship or aircraft registered in the UK

You can also apply for the Ancestry visa if you or your parent is adopted and if your parents or grandparents were not married. 

In order to evidence your relationship with your grandparent (who was born in the UK) you should show proof of this to the Home Office such as a birth certificate.

In addition, if you are looking to work or be self employed in the UK, you should evidence this. For example, if you want to work in the UK, you should show that you are looking for jobs. 

Finally, you should show that you have enough funds to support yourself in the UK so that you would not need to access public funds.

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The information provided does not amount to legal advice.