If you’re an Australian citizen over 17 years old and you have a grandparent who was born in the UK (including in Southern Ireland before 31 March 1922), you can apply for the Ancestry visa.
The visa is valid for five years and allows you to enter and exit the UK multiple times during that period. If you’re granted an Ancestry visa, you may live and work in the UK throughout its validity.
To apply for this visa you will need to provide original birth certificates for yourself, your parent and grandparent who hold the ancestral link. You also need to show that you intend to work in the UK and will be able to support yourself without recourse to UK public funds. We recommend you have at least $5,000 in your bank account when you apply.
If you satisfy the residency requirements, you may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) when the visa comes to an end. Please note that you must meet certain residency requirements before you can apply ILR.
If you hold an Australian or New Zealand passport, we can assist you with your visa application.
Do you think you may qualify for an Ancestry visa? Complete our visa assessment to find out.