UK ancestry visa

If one of your grandparents was born in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922 you may be eligible to apply for a UK ancestry visa. Our legal team has extensive experience filing and reviewing UK ancestry visa applications for people from all over the world.
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Applying for your ancestry visa

When you are applying for your UK ancestry visa, you must be able to prove your ancestry by providing evidence that one of your grandparents was born in the UK before 1922. That is understandably a very difficult task, as most of us don’t exactly have that kind of evidence on hand.

Our solicitors understand how difficult this is, but with our wealth of experience collecting relevant evidence and completing UK ancestry visa applications, you won’t need to worry.

Our extensive knowledge of UK immigration law enables us to give you the advice you need to ensure the best chance at a successful outcome.

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How long you can stay

A UK ancestry visa initially gives you five years to live and work in the UK. After that five years is up, you can apply for permanent residence, as long as you meet the necessary requirements.

In our experience, most people who apply for this type of visa intend to stay in the UK permanently and are looking to apply for permanent residence after their ancestry visa expires.

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General requirements

As well as being able to prove you have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or in the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922, you need to also prove that you are:

  • 17 or over
  • Have enough money support yourself and any dependants while you’re here
  • Are able to work in the UK and intend to do so

You can also claim UK ancestry if you or the relevant parent were adopted or born in the UK. You can have been born within or outside of marriage, but you can’t claim UK ancestry through step-parents.

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Documents you need to provide

As well as your passport picture, you also need to provide:

  • A valid travel document or passport
  • Evidence to support the information you have given
  • Previous passports
  • Evidence of funds

If you are not a national of the country where you are applying from, you will also need to prove you have permission to be in that country. This could be a current visa or residence permit.

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Applying for residence

You can apply for permanent residence after you’ve lived in the UK for five years or more on a UK ancestry visa. Applying for permanent residence, also known as indefinite leave to remain, is a complex and lengthy process, but with our solicitors on your side you won’t need to worry.

Our expert immigration solicitors process many ancestry visa applications a year. They are on hand to help make sure your application is exactly right, so you can submit it swiftly and confidently.

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Children of parents with UK ancestry

Children born in the UK to someone with UK ancestry (since 1983) are not automatically a British citizen by birth.

However, they can still be registered as a British citizen once the parent obtains indefinite leave to remain, as long as the child is still under 18. The child doesn’t have to wait for the parent to become British first.

If you want to apply for British citizenship for yourself or your child, contact our experts at AWH Solicitors. We can help guide you through the application process with ease.

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Applying for a UK ancestry visa with AWH

Applying for any type of visa can be complicated, especially when you need to provide strong evidence to support your application, as is the case with the ancestry visa. We know this.

As your application could be denied on even the simplest of administrative mistakes we will always recommend you to ask for professional help with your visa application.

When you apply with AWH we’ll take the time to understand your personal circumstances and family history to make sure your UK ancestry visa application goes as smoothly as possible.

To find out if you are eligible for an ancestry visa and how to get started, get in touch with our team. Our immigration solicitors can tell you exactly what you need to do to be successful.

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Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

  • Contact us Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
  • Meet an expert Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
  • We get to work We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
We’re with you, every step of the way

What our clients are saying about us

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I first contacted AWH in december and booked my consulation with Shayeda. I didn’t wait long for an appointment and was given very professional advice and the appointment was thorough. Shayeda brought me the print outs and showed me everything I needed for my application. Both Shayeda and Cathryn were very helpful throughout my application. I received a very professional service from AWH and they have alot of knowledge & would recommend them for your immigration matters.


My wife and I were both very pleased with the service we received.Very professional and knowledgeable staff. A superb result all round. Many thanks to all the staff who helped us, especially Shayheda and Cathryn


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