To be eligible for the Ancestry visa, you must meet the following eligibility critieria:
1. Commonwealth Citizen - you are a Commonwealth citizen (53 member countries).
2. Apply from your Country of Residence - you apply for the visa from your country, outside the UK.
3. Grandparent born in the UK - you can prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK.
4. Work in the UK - you are able to work in the UK and intend to work in the UK.
5. Age - Aged 17 years or over.
6. Funds - you have sufficient funds available to support and accomodate yourself and any dependents, without assistance from public funds.
Ancestry Visa - Grandparents
You must prove that you have a grandparent that was born in 1 of the following circumstances:
- Born in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man or
- Born before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland
- Born on a British-registered ship or aircraft.
British Citizen with the Right of Abode
Right of Abode - If you have the right of abode then you are completely free from United Kingdom Immigration Control. The right of abode exists for all British citizens, a select group of Commonwealth citizens and ciizens of certain other countries. If you have a right of abode then the Home Office issues a Certificate of Entitlement to right of abode in the United Kingdom, as a sticker, that is fixed in a valid passport.
- The British Nationalty Act 1981 came into force on 1 January 1983 and after that date you will have the right of abode in the UK if, immediately prior to that date, any of the following situations apply:
- You were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and acquired your citizenship by being born, adopted, naturalised or registered in the United Kingdom.
- You were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and your parent was at the time of your birth or legal adoption, a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by being born, adopted, naturalised or registered in the United Kingdom.
- You were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and your parent qualified for the right of abode under the above situation.
- You were a citizen of the UK and Colonies at any time prior to 1 January 1983, and had been living in the UK for 5 years or more without a break.
- You were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and were then, or had previously been, the wife of a man with the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
- You were born in the UK after 31 December 1982 and one of your parents was then a British citizen or legally settled in the United Kingdom.
- You were born outside the UK after 31 December 1982 and at the time of your birth one parent was a British citizen other than by descent.
- You were registered or naturalised as a British citizen after 31 December 1982.
Commonwealth Citizen with the Right of Abode
If you have been a citizen of a Commonwealth country up to 1 January 1983 and, immediately prior to that date you will have a right of abode as a Commonwealth citizen if either of the following situations apply:
- You were a Commonwealth citizen with a parent who, at the time of your birth or leagl adoption, was a citizen of the UK and Colonies and acquired their citizenship by being born in the United Kingdom.
- You were a Commonwealth citizen and are, or were, the wife of a man with the right of abode in the UK.
Citizenship Application Process
- Apply to the Home Office for the issue of your British passport, with documentary evidence.
- There is a new requirement for citizenship, from 1 November 2005, that the applicant must demonstrate knowledge of life in the United Kingdom. This means that the applicant must pass the 'Life in the UK' test.