UK Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa route is for Commonwealth citizens who have a grandparent who was born in the UK and who wish to migrate to the UK with the freedom to live and work. This visa is granted for five years and opens up the entire job market to you in the UK without the restrictions of a working visa. After five years of continuous stay in the UK under this visa, you may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain as long as you still meet with the requirements for the Ancestry visa.

Our immigration solicitors are regularly instructed to assist in the preparation of Ancestry visa applications and have a proven track record of obtaining ancestry visas for our clients. Our team are ready to meet with you in person or via Skype to consider whether you meet the eligibility requirements and once instructed will liaise with you in preparing your visa application with the requisite supporting documentation.


In order to be eligible, you must be over 17 years old and be able to provide documentary evidence of your ancestry. The grandparent you wish to rely on must have been born in one of the following circumstances:

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

Our immigration lawyers have extensive experience of assisting clients who wish to migrate to the UK with their dependants on an Ancestry visa. We understand that this type of visa route is reliant on extensive documentary evidence and are on hand to advise what is required to satisfy the Home Office’s requirements.

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced by the Home Office on 6 April 2015 and applies to temporary, non-EEA migrants who are coming to the UK for more than 6 months. Payment for IHS is collected by the Home Office and goes directly to the National Health Service (NHS).

If instructed, our team of expert lawyers can consider whether you will need to pay the IHS. If you wish to consider your options, please contact our team today and arrange a meeting with a qualified immigration solicitor who can advise you of your options.

Expert UK Immigration Solicitors

Our immigration solicitors can help you prepare an application for an Ancestry visa and if required we can also assist your dependants in preparing their applications if they wish to accompany you. We have a proven track record of obtaining Ancestry visas for international clients. Our expert team offer some of the following services:

  • Consultation in person or via Skype or telephone with an experienced immigration solicitor who can advise on whether you meet the eligibility requirements and the merits of your application;
  • Tailored legal advice which will assist you in collating the documents required for an application; and
  • Preparation of the relevant application forms and legal representations.

If you wish to have your documents checked by an expert immigration solicitor, please contact us so we can explore your options.

We are a UK law firm based in Middle Temple, London and our solicitors are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Contact our professional immigration team today and we can offer you a consultation in person or via telephone or Skype so we can explore your options. You can leave us a message on our Contact Form or give us a call on 02030110276.

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