Passportia – Immigration Experts

Passportia is a specialist immigration firm which is independent of the UK government and regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner. Applications for UK visas are made directly to the Home Office or visa application centres, however legal advice on making a claim cannot be obtained from these bodies. Our specialist lawyers offer advice and advocacy services in relation to applications for ancestry visas.

What is an Ancestry Visa?

An Ancestry Visa is for a Commonwealth citizen with a Grandparent born in the UK. It allows a person to come to the UK to work.

After 5 years of living and working in the United Kingdom under an Ancestry Visa a person can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. If the application for Indefinite Leave to Remain is successful then the person can apply to become a British citizen after one more year of living in the UK.

For an evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation
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Who is eligible for an Ancestry Visa?

An Ancestry Visa applicant must prove all of the following to the UK Home Office:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen (a British national, a citizen of a Commonwealth country, a citizen of the Gambia or Zimbabwe),
  • Be aged at least 17 years old.
  • Have a grandparent born in the UK or Islands (see definition of an ‘Island’ below). This includes a grandparent through adoption or a parent’s adoption.
  • Plan to be employed in the United Kingdom and be clearly able to do so.
  • Be able to fund all living costs without requiring help from state benefits.

If you are not eligible you may still be eligible for another type of visa or permit.

Note that a Commonwealth citizen born before 1983 with a parent or grandparent born in the UK or Islands, or who married a man before 1983 who became a British citizen in 1983, might today have right of abode. When assessing eligibility for an Ancestry Visa, we also check your right of abode status.


  • ‘UK’ means Great Britain, Northern Ireland and before 31 March 1922, all Ireland.
  • ‘Islands’ means the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, e.g. Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark.

Passportia’s Services for a UK Ancestry Visa

We have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements for an Ancestry Visa and can assist you in submitting a strong application.

We will do a systematic initial evaluation and advise whether you have a potential claim to a UK Ancestry Visa, right of abode in the UK, or British nationality. If you are eligible for an Ancestry Visa and it best suits your needs, we can prepare and submit the application on your behalf.

Many applications for an Ancestry Visa fail because the Home Office is not satisfied with the type of evidence provided for:

  • Legitimate descent from a grandparent
  • A genuine offer of employment in the UK
  • The ability of the applicant to be employed in the UK over 5 years
  • The ability of the person applying to be able to fund themselves over 5 years.

Some requirements above are subjective and may be difficult to demonstrate. Passportia can identify the best type of evidence and present it in a way that is most likely to satisfy the Home Office.

For an evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation
Or call using WhatsApp or FaceTime  on your smartphone – click icon (+44 7840 922 721)

Frequently asked questions regarding UK Ancestry Visas

Our Client Care Process

Passportia is dedicated to providing you with the advice you need in a clear and helpful manner. You can read more about the usual process we go through with a client here.