UK Ancestry Visa

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If you are looking to apply for an ancestry visa to provide you with the right to live, learn, and work in the UK, Latitude Law can assist you and help you to navigate the UK immigration system.

By choosing Latitude Law, you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands. Our team has an unrivalled level of experience and understanding of Home Office policies, meaning that your application has the best possible chance of being successful.

Whether you’re in need of help with starting your application, you’re looking to change legal representation, or you wish to challenge a failed visa application, we will approach your case in a systematic and professional manner to generate the best outcome possible.

To speak to one of our solicitors about making an application for an ancestry visa, call us today on 0300 131 6767 or complete our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you.

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Who can apply for an Ancestry Visa?

You, and any dependants, could be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa if you:

  • Are a Commonwealth citizen (including a British overseas territories citizen, a British National (Overseas), a British Overseas citizen, a British subject or a citizen of a country listed in Schedule 3 of the BNA 1981)
  • A citizen of Zimbabwe, Gabon and Togo or Eswatini
  • Are applying outside of the UK
  • Are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK, Ireland or on a British registered ship or aircraft. Are planning to work in the UK
  • Meet the other eligibility requirements

You must be 17 or over to apply for an ancestry visa and already have sufficient funds to house you and any dependents in the country without support from UK public funds.

The earliest you can apply for your ancestry visa is three months before you travel – the waiting time for a decision is three weeks.

If your visa application is accepted, you can stay in the UK for up to five years, and may even be able to extend this for a further 5 years by applying for a UK ancestry visa renewal, or by applying to settle in the UK.

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What documents do I need?

Documentary evidence may include the following:

  • A valid passport or another travel document, with a blank page to put the visa
  • Proof that you have the finances required to support yourself
  • Your full birth certificate
  • If your married partner or civil partner wants to join you in the UK, you will need to provide the necessary certificates or documents
  • Valid birth certificates of the relative your ancestry claim is based on
  • Adoption papers if you are adopted
  • Proof that you are planning on working in the UK – this can be evidence of job offers you’ve received from a registered UK business, or a legitimate business plan if you are self-employed

You will also need to provide tuberculosis test results if you are travelling from a country where the test is required.

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How can Latitude Law help you?

We understand that applying for a UK ancestry visa can be stressful and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With our support, we can help make the application process as understandable and simple as possible, at every step of the way.

Gaining a UK ancestry visa can often require lots of paperwork and documentation regarding your ancestors’ birthrights. We can help you compile the right documentation to help speed up the process and reduce the chances of your application being delayed or sent back for amendments.

With over a decade of experience, Latitude Law has assisted thousands of cases and helped many individuals and their families realise their ambitions of living and working in the UK.

As experts in immigration law, nationality law, and public law, we can provide a wide range of support with your visa application. Our immigration services include:

If you already reside in the UK, we can help to support visa renewals, as well as assisting with the navigation of immigration issues.

No matter which stage you are at with your UK ancestry visa application, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family have the best possible chances of living and working in the UK.

For an initial consultation, call us now on 0300 131 6767

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Why choose Latitude Law?

We know how difficult it can be having family in a different country, which is why our team of experienced solicitors, who have many years of experience in immigration law, will do all they can to help your Ancestry Visa application be successful.

We are pleased to be recognised as a leading law firm by the following independent bodies: The Times Best Law Firms 2024, Chambers & Partners 2024, Legal 500 2024 and Who'sWhoLegal 2024. These endorsements from the international legal directories demonstrate our integrity and success in dealing with difficult cases. We are also proud of our 5-star Google reviews from over 150 satisfied clients.

Call us today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Let our legal experts take the uncertainty out of your Ancestry Visa application, so you can start your successful immigration journey today.

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Contact us

As the requirements for an ancestry visa can be complex, to ensure success, you should seek specialist advice from an immigration solicitor before you proceed with an application. Latitude Law’s specialist lawyers can advise you about your individual requirements and ensure that the conditions of your ancestry visa is compliant with the very latest immigration rules.

Get in touch with our legal team today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Face your future knowing you have the dedicated support of one of our expert lawyers.

Our other visa services

Join Family in the UK

The UK government believes that family should stay together wherever possible, which is why they offer visas for family members of British citizens or migrants who are settled in the UK.

Partner Visa

Whether you’re looking to apply for the first time or aiming to renew your partner visa, Latitude Law is well placed to help you secure the right to live with your family member in the UK.

Child Dependant Visa UK

We can help you to navigate the complexities of obtaining a child visa; UK authorities require you to provide supporting documentation to prove that you and your child meet the visa’s requirements.

Ancestry Visa FAQs

Do I need a good knowledge of the English language to apply for an Ancestry visa?

No. There is no English language requirement in this immigration category; however, if you want to settle on this route after 5 years, you will need to meet the English Language requirement.

Can I extend an Ancestry visa and if so, how long is the application process?

Your initial visa will be valid for 5 years; it is not usually necessary to apply for an ancestry visa extension unless you have not passed the Life in the UK test and cannot apply for settlement.

When can I apply for Settlement?

After 5 years' continuous residence in this category, you can apply for settlement, which will grant you indefinite leave to stay in the UK.

What happens if my Ancestry visa is refused?

If your ancestry visa application is refused, you have a right to an administrative review of the decision - this is an internal UKVI review.

Can a sponsor or relative support me financially if I’m arriving through the Ancestral Route?

You must either be able to provide evidence that you are able to maintain and accommodate yourself without recourse to public funds, or alternatively, have a credible offer of support from a third party (for example, from a friend or relative).

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