British Ancestry Visa

British Ancestry Visa

Canadian citizens who have a British born grandparent may apply for a UK Ancestry Visa.

Awards and Accreditations

Ancestry Visa

If you are a Commonwealth citizen and you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, you may be able to apply for a UK Ancestry visa subject to meeting the following eligibility requirements: 

  • You are 17 or over,
  • You are a Commonwealth citizen,
  • You are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK,
  • You provide proof that you have the ability and intention to work in the UK, and

You have sufficient funds to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants in the UK.

Your Ancestry

As part of the application, you must show that you have a grandparent 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 the Republic of Ireland
  • On a British-registered ship or aircraft.

You can claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent:

  • Were adopted
  • Were born within or outside marriage in the UK.
  • It is important to note that UK ancestry cannot be claimed through step-parents.

Advantages of an Ancestry Visa

If you obtain a visa in this category, you will be given a five-year visa and will be allowed to work, study and bring family members to the UK such as your spouse/partner and children.

The major attraction of this visa is that you will be able to apply for permanent residence in the UK upon completing 5 years lawful residence in this category.

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