The UK Ancestry Visa is a low volume visa restricted to a limited category of applicants. The numbers are limited due to the key requirement being that the applicant is a Commonwealth citizen who has a UK born grandparent.

Requirements for UK Ancestry

To be eligible for the UK Ancestry Visa you must be a minimum of 17 years old and have enough money to support and house yourself and any dependants without the assistance of public funds. You must also plan to and be able to work in the UK.

As mentioned above, this visa includes an ancestry requirement which simply put means an applicant has to be able to prove they have a grandparent who was either born in the UK, born in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922 or born on a British registered ship or aircraft.


Applications can include dependants, such as spouses, partners and children under the age of 18. Should someone with a UK Ancestry visa have a child whilst in the UK, they can apply for the child to receive a dependent visa from inside the UK. Any visas granted to dependants are valid for the same length of time as that of the person with a UK Ancestry visa.

Period of Grant

A UK Ancestry Visa is normally granted for a period of 5 years. Applicants should apply to extend their visa prior to its expiry or where they meet the eligibility requirements they should apply for indefinite leave to remain.

How we can help?

Drummond Miller have assisted many clients make successful applications under the Ancestry rules for entry, extension and indefinite leave to remain.

What's next?

We have been helping clients solve their personal immigration problems for over 25 years. To find out if we can assist you and then to arrange an initial fixed fee consultation, contact our experienced team in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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