UK Ancestry visa

A UK Ancestral visa lets you live and work in the UK for five years and eventually qualify for permanent residency and British citizenship.

UK Ancestry visa

UK Ancestry visa application requirements

You must meet all of the following criteria:

You also need to show that you can financially support yourself, and any dependants you bring with you to the UK, without relying on public funding. Your spouse, partner and/or dependent children who are under the age of 18 can go with you to the UK. You may bring adopted children along with you as long as their adoptive grandparent was born in the UK.

One of the benefits of an Ancestry visa is that it allows your partner to work without restriction –they won’t need a work permit to be employed in the UK.

UK Ancestry visa financial requirements

Part of your application requires that you show you can support yourself and any dependants while you’re in the UK. This means that 90 days before you apply for your visa, you must have at least £1,600 in your account. Your funds can be your own or from a sponsor, such as a parent or friend.

UK Ancestry visa application process

You must apply for your visa from your country of birth. Once your Ancestry visa has been issued, you’ll have 30 days in which to enter the UK and collect your biometric residence permit (BRP).

Qualifying for UK indefinite leave to remain and citizenship on a British Ancestry visa

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or permanent residency allows you to live and work in the UK for an indefinite period without needing a visa.

The Ancestry visa is valid for five years, which means if you stay in the UK for five continuous years you could be eligible for ILR. You will also need to pass the “Life in the UK Test” and an English language test.

British citizenship

Once you’ve spent 12 months on ILR in the UK, you can naturalise as a British citizen and get UK citizenship.