Applying under the UK Ancestry category
Produced in partnership with Kitty Falls of Kitty Falls Immigration Law
Applying under the UK Ancestry category

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Kitty Falls of Kitty Falls Immigration Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying under the UK Ancestry category
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Initial and extension applications: eligibility criteria
  • Entry requirement—entry clearance only
  • Age requirement
  • Commonwealth citizenship requirement
  • Grandparent born in the UK or Islands requirement
  • Work requirement
  • Validity requirements
  • Financial requirement
  • More...

The UK Ancestry category provides a route of entry and stay in the UK for Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent who intend to work in the UK.

The route is often considered attractive as:

  1. it does not require sponsorship by a UK-based employer, which can be a costly and burdensome process

  2. there is no English-language requirement for entry to the UK

  3. it allows the main applicant to bring their dependent partner and children to the UK, and

  4. it ultimately leads to settlement in the UK after five years

Although the Immigration Rules for the route were simplified from 1 December 2020 for the post-Brexit immigration system via Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 813, few substantive policy changes were made. The category, which previously sat in Part 5 of the Rules, still has no points allocations and is therefore not a ‘points-based’ category.

This Practice Note looks at the following:

  1. eligibility requirements

  2. validity requirements

  3. financial requirements

  4. suitability requirements

  5. period and conditions of permission

  6. dependants, and

  7. settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain)

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Appendix UK Ancestry
Immigration Rules, Appendix Finance
Immigration Rules, Appendix English language
Immigration Rules, Continuous Residence
Immigration Rules, Appendix KOL UK
Home Office guidanceUK Ancestry caseworker guidance
Financial requirement caseworker guidance
Continuous Residence caseworker guidance
Home Office UK Ancestry visa information tool [includes relevant fees,

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