What You Need to Know When Applying for Your UK Ancestry Visa

What You Need to Know When Applying for Your UK Ancestry Visa

If you were born in a Commonwealth country, chances are that you have ancestral ties to the United Kingdom (UK). If it were your grandparent/s that were born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may be eligible for UK Ancestry visa.

The visa allows you to work and live in the UK for an initial 5-year period. Not only does this visa cover you moving to the UK, but this visa can be extended to your family members or dependants (including unmarried and same-sex partners).

Disclaimer: This is based on my experience (I’m not a lawyer or immigration advisor) and you should seek professional legal advice if you are unsure. Go to GOV UK to check if there have been any changes to the visa rule & fees.

UK Ancestry Visa Criteria

The UK Ancestry visa is quite simple and only has 5 requirements. If you are:

  • Commonwealth citizen.
  • Age 17 or older.
  • Can and intend to work in the UK.
  • Can adequately support and accommodate yourself.

And… As mentioned above, show your UK ancestral ties and provide proof that at least one of your grandparents was born:

  • In the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
  • Before 31 March 1922 in what is now the Republic of Ireland.
  • On a British-registered ship or aircraft.

UK Ancestry doesn’t apply for generations before your grandparents, so if your ancestral heritage was your great grandma that was born in the UK then you would NOT be eligible to apply. If one of your parents was born in the UK see the article on applying for your ‘Right to Abode’ or alternatively you can apply for a UK passport.

Before you start applying

The earliest you can apply is three months before you plan to leave. Allow at least five to six weeks for the application process.

As you require savings to support the visa application and pay for the visa I suggest you start the saving process 6 to 12 months ahead of when you plan to apply. Below is the minimum financial requirements you will need to meet before applying for your UK Ancestry Visa.

I finally put together my UK Ancestry Application and explanation around the questions! Make sure you head over to get the details. 

Not sure what else you need to organise before you move? Be sure to visit my list of things to organise before moving to the UK.

UK Ancestry visa financial requirements

When I applied for my UK Ancestry visa application I was told that I needed to provide 3 months of bank statements showing that I had more than £1,600 in my account.

The GOV.UK website no longer specifies what the financial requirements are to meet the UK Ancestry visa. This is frustrating when you are trying to plan to save and provide the right evidence to be successful.

Visa Cost

The UK has now added an extra NHS charge to all nationalities applying for UK visa and this is an extra £400 per year. As the UK Ancestry visa is valid for 5 years the total cost will be £2,000 for the NHS fees plus the normal fee of £516.

Check here for the latest fees.

Applying Yourself or Using a Company for Your UK Ancestry Visa?

At the time I applied for my visa the application appeared complicated and I didn’t want to muck it up, so I found a company to help me. I used Visa First, filled out the questionnaire and sent it off with all the relevant documents.

Since going through the process with a company and learning about the application it turns out it was easy! When my sister decided she was moving over I quickly and successfully helped her with the application.

My advice is not to let the forms scare you! It is an easy process.

Still keen on using a company then I would recommend using my friends at Britbound, let Sarah know Kat sent you over! They offer both a document checking service and completing the application end to end.

Do I Need Original Documents for my UK Ancestry Application?

I find lots of threads asking whether the documents must be originals or copies can be supplied. Personally, I always provide originals for my application just in case they wish to see the originals and I did provide original documents for this application. Only a few application centres require you to post your documentation and generally handed back to you on the day so there is less risk of these being lost in transit.

I have known people to provide copies of their documents and be successful. Additionally, others that have had a justice of the peace verify the documents are genuine.

In UK Ancestry document https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/576708/UK-Ancestry-v16.pdf it says that documents must look genuine and that originals must be provided when translated.

Documentation Required for Ancestry Visa Application

Recently I got my hands on the latest checklist of evidence you may require for your application. I’m so excited to be able to share this with you!

All documents provided with an application must be in English which will need a full translation that has been independently verified. 

Please note this should be tailored to your application and the answers you provide. If you are unsure please check with UKVI or look at a company like Britbound to help you out.

Passport, Idenitiy and Residency 

  • Valid Passport or travel document.
  • Evidence of your permission to be in the country where you are applying from, if you are not a national of that country i.e. a valid visa or a VEVO printout or letter from DIBP (based on Australian residency).
  • Other identification documents i.e birth certificate or national identity card.

Evidence of Current Employment or Studies 

  • If you are currently employed, evidence of your employment and the total income stated on the application form like a letter from your employer, pay slips, tax returns/ business registration documents and business bank account statements. I included my employment contract to support the employment and finances. 
  • If you are studying then evidence to support this like letter from your university or school and other proofs of studies. 
  • If you were previously studying then evidence of qualifications obtained like a certificate of award, academic reference or transcripts. I didn’t provide any of my qualification but I know recent applicants that have, for example, documents to support they are an Australian Account. 

Evidence of Finances

  • Evidence to meet the cost of the trip and monthly income, as stated on the application form, for example, if someone is paying for you then you need bank statements of the person paying for the trip, providing maintenance to the applicant in the UK or if it’s you paying then your own personal accounts to support this (which you should have anyway 🙂 with the below bullet).  
  • A bank statement which meets the requirements as stated in the points-based policy guidance relating to your UK Ancestry application. 

I provided three months of bank statements. Bank statements should be printed on branch-specific letterhead with the contact info for the branch where it was printed. If not, each statement should be stamped and/or signed. If they won’t do that, a letter from a branch manager confirming their authenticity and correctness will suffice.

Evidence of Property and Assets

  • If you own any property or assets then you will need either mortgage statements, property deeds, tenancy agreements, accountants letters or land registration documents.  

Evidence of Travel, UK Accommodation or Sponsorship 

  • Evidence of you travel arrangements so flights, accomodation bookings or travel agent documents. 
  • If you have a UK sponsor then you will need a letter of invitation from the sponsor, evidence of the UK immigration status, evidence of the sponsors accommodation and finances. So basically passport/visa’s, bank statement and tenancy agreements or mortgage.   

Evidence of Intent to Work

  • Resume/ CV (to prove that you can and intend to work in the UK)
  • Other evidence to consider:
    • Printouts of registration emails from UK job sites e.g. Reed, London Jobs, Indeed.
    • Communication with recruitment agencies.
    • Job Applications. 

Just to note you don’t need to secure a job before applying for the Ancestry Visa. The requirement is that you only need to show the intent to work which is why I used my resume as supporting information. 

Evidence of UK Ancestry 

  • The birth certificate of your parent (only the parent of the grandparent you’re applying through).
  • The birth certificate of your grandparent.
  • Marriage certificate (to support heritage if unclear).

If your UK Ancestry is easy to identify via the birth certificate then you will only need to provide the birth certificates, for example:

  • Your current surname matches your parents’ name on their birth certificate
  • On your grandparent, you can track your parents’ connection with their maiden name or surname.

If you can’t track the ancestry via the birth certificates then you will need to provide marriage certificates or adoption papers to prove the requirement. 

I remember being a bit bewildered at all the documents required and had originally thought I needed to get my mum’s birth and marriage certificate; my grandparent’s marriage certificate. The marriage certificates weren’t needed for my application and added another expense to the process. At least I now have copies if I ever need them.

Another example of a birth certificate I provided. Again it is a copy but an official copy from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Perth, Western Australia.

What if I Don’t Have my Grandparent’s Original Birth Certificate?

This is a common problem that people face when trying to apply for UK Ancestry visa. I was faced with this when I was applying for my visa as my granddad died when my mum was 13 years old and she did not have any copies of his birth certificate.

There’s a different process for British, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland certificates. Here is a list of the departments to get certificates for each of these countries:

For British and Welsh Grandparents

It is possible to order a copy of a birth, death or a marriage certificate on the General Register Office (GRO) website. You’ll need to register on the website to order a copy of a birth, adoption, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate for England and Wales. At the time of writing, certificates cost £9.25.

For Scottish Grandparents

As my granddad was Scottish I used Scotlands People to buy my granddads birth certificate. They even sent it to Australia! Which was fantastic and I didn’t have to apply in person. Go to Scotlands People and use the search indexes to find your grandparent (which is free). At the time of writing each certificate cost £12.

For Northern Irish Grandparents

You will need to go to the NI Direct website. It will allow you to order a copy of your grandparent’s birth, adoption, marriage or civil partnership certificate for Northern Ireland. At the time of writing a certificate costs £15.00.

Example of an Official Scottish Birth Certificate

My granddad’s birth certificate that I provided during my application.

There are quite a few questions on whether you can provide copies or require an original birth certificate for the application. 

As you can see in the photo it says that it is an extract of an entry from the Register of Births in Scotland. The certificate also has an embossed stamp, a unique number and states that it is an official document from General Office for Scotland. You will need to take an original copy or photocopy of the official birth certificate.

The company that I used for my Ancestry visa actually questioned me if this was an official copy. I ended up calling General Office for Scotland who assured me that this is an official government copy and was accepted as evidence in my application, my sister’s application and my mum applying for her UK Passport. 

Fill Out and Submit Application

The UK Ancestry visa is moving to the new application process so to apply you need to go to the gov.uk website. Depending on which country you are applying from the gov.uk website will direct you to the right place.

psst.. I have finally put together a post explaining the questions and answers I put for my UK Ancestry Application. 

Complete the online application, pay and then you will receive your booking confirmation for your biometric appointment. 

There is only a set amount of appointments opened so keep trying every day or so. If you struggle to get an appointment they now have walk-in days. For Perth the walk-in days were twice a week and cost an additional $95AUD so check with your visa centre what days they run walk-in appointments. 

With the new biometric resident permit (BRP) you will no longer get the full visa in your passport. They provide you with a temporary 30-day vignette visa until you collect the visa for a post office in the UK. In the application, it will ask you to choose a post office to collect your BRP from. I suggest choosing a central post office in the city or near your accommodation to make the collection easy!

For more information about applying in Australia and New Zealand, read the articles below:

Prepare Your Documents 

Before your appointment ensure that you have the following documents ready to take with you:

  • The printout of your online application form
  • The copy of your biometrics appointment information
  • All supporting documentation (birth certificates, passports, resume, bank statement showing fund and any other evidence).

Biometric Appointment 

Next your biometric appointment! Exciting. Take along all the documents, application and booking confirmation.

The visa application centre will take your “biometric information” which is fingerprints and a photo. At the appointment, they will scan your documentation and hand the documents back to you. Once your application is processed they will then post your passport back with your visa. If you have paid the $95 (based on Australian costs) you will get to keep your passport and they will issue the visa on the day. 

UK Ancestry Visa Processing Time

On average you will receive a decision on your visa application within 3 weeks of lodging your application but this may vary depending on your country of residence.

You can check the guide processing times to find out how long the your visa will take to process in your country. 

Other Useful Information

What is a 30 Day Vignette Sticker?

Instead of getting a vignette with the full granted leave, the Immigration Department now issue what’s called a 30-day vignette sticker. It’s based on your planned arrival date, for example, I’ve put that I am arriving in the country on the 8th of August then I have 30-days from this date to collect my visa. 

It is very important to make sure you choose your intended travel date carefully and it is what is represented on the application form when applying for the visa.  You will not be able to travel to the UK before this date. The permit will only be valid as of the intended date of travel if you cannot travel on between these dates then you will need to apply for an extension.

Can I Apply for a Vignette Extension?

Yes, it is possible to get a vignette transfer (extension). There would be an additional cost to your application and country dependent. There is another online application form to be completed similar to that of your initial visa application. The British High Commission will then provide you with a new 30-day permit to accommodate your new proposed travels.

Here are the details provided by the Visa and Immigration Department on transferring of a visa and you can find the latest fees here.

To apply, go to the Visa4UK website once you are ready, it is going through a beta stage at the moment the options may have changed but you have to start a new application. Then you need to choose the following options for vignette transfer to appear:
Reason for Visit: Other
Visa Type: Others
Visa Sub Type: Vignette Transfer

Complete the form and in the additional information explaining the reasons for the request. Then from there, it’s a similar application process as the ancestry visa.

What’s a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Card?

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is your actual visa and basically looks like a drivers licence. It holds all your immigration status and entitlements while you are in the UK.

Being a part of expat Facebook groups I occasionally see people lose their BRP on things like a night-out or silly travel incident, please, please, keep your BRP safe. It doesn’t cost too much to replace, it’s just a pain… A new BRP costs £56 if you apply by post, however, the processing time is 8 weeks and in person will cost more. 

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This Post Has 254 Comments

  1. Hi Kat, do you know if I would be allowed to use a letter from my company showing my earnings rather than my bank statement? Only because I let it slip past the amount last month and I wanted to apply for next month. Many thanks!

  2. Hi Andrea,

    The bank statement is to prove that you will have funds to support you. Whereas your payslips only show that you have been paid and not that you have saved the money. Hope that helps!


  3. Hi Kat,

    My partner and I will be applying for the Ancestry visa. We are getting a lump sum shortly, that will be more than enough to support us when we are there. However, we have not had over $2000 in our accounts consistantly for the past three months. If we show statements of accounts for the last three months, and the last one with having $8000, will that be enough to be approved? Or does it need to be around $2000 every month in your account?

    Appreciate your help.

  4. Hi Melanie,

    I can only base on my experience applying and family members I have helped do the same thing. So when I applied I also had a lump sum and I had to declare this with a letter stating why I had a lump sum. For example a letter from my mum stating that I received x amount of money as a birthday present. This letter was signed by my mum and stated the amounts that she sent to me to accompany my application.

    The requirement is that both yourself and your partner need to have enough money to support you which I am not sure if they would say 2,000 is enough. You need this to be in your account before you apply and my knowledge around the visa is that it should be there for a month as a minimum but it is more successful if you have the money for 3 months. This is what I was informed during my application which is why I recommend 3 months as you want to make it as successful as possible!


  5. Hi Kat, very helpful article. I am also applying for an ancestry visa and for my family as dependants. We have no accommodation arranged in the uk as yet as we want to be sure the visas are successful first. The first page of the application asks for a uk address though. How should we approach this?

  6. Hi Peter,

    I just booked a hotel with someone like booking .com that had a free cancellation so I had an address but didn’t fork out any costs beforehand. Then you can cancel and choose a place that suits when the visa is issued. Just aligned the booking with my potential visa dates.

    Hope that helps!


  7. Hi Kat, great page thank you for putting it together!
    Just a question around timings; did you receive your booking confirmation for your biometric appointment exactly upon submission of the online formand payment? Or was that a follow up step some time later? How soon was the appointment set for? Was it in Sydney, on a weekday or weekend? Could you choose?

    Many thanks!

  8. Hi Tanith,

    I applied in Perth, my appointment was during the week as the biometric center was only open on normal workdays. I sent all my documents to the British High Commission in Sydney after my appointment but needs to be sent within 2 weeks after having your biometrics taken. The address I sent my documents to was this one:

    United Kingdom Border Agency
    GPO Box 2718
    NSW 2001

    I had my biometrics appointment on the 5th July and 23rd of July so only took like 3 weeks once I sent off. You have to submit and pay for your application before you are allowed to choose an appointment date. I can’t remember what the screens should look like but after you have completed the application and payment it should provide the details on how to book an appointment.


  9. Hi Kat
    I have ancestry ties in the United Kingdom and my mum’s birth certificate has my grandmother’s name and nationality as United Kingdom boldly written on it.But I don’t have my grandmother’s birth certificate. Other sites told me to search using the freebmd site. After a thorough search, there were about five certificates bearing the same name and also same date of birth.
    I don’t know the one to order know
    Can you help please??

  10. Hi Kat I just wanted to let you know i’ve been struggling with questions about my UK ancestry visa for a while and this page was literally a godsend. Thank you so much for posting.

  11. Thank you Kathryn for your kind comment! Good luck with your application!

  12. Hi Joyce,

    I’ve not used freebmd as I went to the source. Do you know where your grandmother was born i.e. Nottinghamshire which can help narrow it down? For example, my granddad was born in Renfrew which is near Glasgow so I was able to narrow down the area/hospital stated on the birth certificate.

    Where your grandparents married in the UK which you could trace back the heritage from there?


  13. Hi Kat, I’m applying for my visa on October… I have a few questions… I’ve applied for a visitors visa before to visit my boyfriend in the UK. They expected a letter of invitation from him and proof that he can also support me financially of I were to run out of money… Is this necessary for the ancestral visa?
    I work online and I’ll still apply for jobs to show in my application. However, I’ll be working online in the UK.. Do they ever check up on you to see of you’ve actually started a job in the UK?
    Are there any other documents like special letters etc, that are needed?.

    Thank you!
    Your page is a godsent!!

  14. Hi Cherry,

    I am not really sure in this case and I would call the immigration office to ask them personally. UK ancestry Version 16.0 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/576708/UK-Ancestry-v16.pdf from the home office it states that they will accept the following evidence; on the offers of employment or, if self-employed, business plan and/or company accounts. The requirement in my interpretation of it is that you only show proof that you intend to work with the evidenced mentioned above and that you have funds to support yourself.

    Hope that helps!

  15. Hello Kat,

    Thank you for creating this post! I am beginning my Ancestry Visa application, and found this very helpful. I am confused though about how to determine the cost of the trip. I am planning on staying in the UK for the full five years, so I have no idea how I would figure out what that is going to cost. Also, it would be much more than I currently have in my account because I would be working in the UK to cover the costs. I already have a job lined up that comes with accommodations, so my cost is quite low. Any advice on how to approach this section?


  16. Hi Tasmine,

    Do you mean the employment and finances > income and expenditure section? The this is based on your current earnings and living costs. In my application, I just put my Aussie salary and bills.

    With the job element in your application, you can provide the contract as evidence that you plan on working in the UK.

    Hope that helps.

  17. Hi Kat, great website! Just trying to work out the 30-day vignette thing. I will either enter the UK on 5th or 15th November depending a few things. Would I be able to apply with entry date of 5th even if I entered on the 15th (just in case I can get there on the 5th after all)? I get the idea you have 30days to enter the country from Visa Start Date or am I reading it incorrectly?

  18. Hi Anna,

    The 30 days is from the start date of the visa. If your visa is issued for you to enter on the 5 November then you have until the 5 December 2018 to collect your visa.

    Hope that helps.


  19. Hi Kat,

    The part that is confusing me is the “what is the cost of the trip to you personally?” I am not sure how to go about calculating how much it will cost for me to live in the UK for the full five years. I’ve read some other places that people included flight, accommodations, and food. Some have put it monthly and just stated that in the “Additional Information” section at the end of the application. I’m just not sure how to figure out what I will spend over five years.
    My parents have given me money towards my visa to ensure I have enough in my account when I apply, since my income for the past year has been VERY low. Does that affect how much the trip will cost to me PERSONALLY, since they are contributing?
    Thank you so much for your help!

  20. Hi Tasmine,

    My application was awhile ago and I couldn’t get a hold of my sisters which is the latest application I did. On my application I had the following question “What money is available to pay for your initial expenses such as accommodation and food for yourself and any dependents (if applicable).”

    I put the savings amount I had at the time of applying which was $7,600.

    Otherwise, I am not really sure in this case and I would call the immigration office to ask them personally.


  21. Hi Kat

    Thanks for posting all the useful information, it’s hard to find recent posts about this application process. When did you apply in Perth? I’ve just applied and you can’t book an appointment with the Perth VFS Global office, it looks like you can only do walk-ins. Were you able to book? I also note Perth “doesn’t have a payment facility so you need to pay online”. That’s fine, but where do you pay online?! And you’ve said (and other blogs have also said) that you need to bring a printout of the visa application with you to the biometrics appointment. It seems that the visa application website is relatively new and is in beta and I can’t click back onto the complete application stage to get a summary to print! (Take note, anyone applying from after July 2018!) Were you just smart enough to print your application before you left that page or was the old website a bit more user friendly haha. Not sure you can help with the above or not but I’ll try and comment again once I find out the answers to the questions so it can hopefully be helpful to someone in future 🙂


  22. Hi Alison,

    I applied a couple of years ago and agree that it is hard to find up to date information. The last application I did was my sisters which was at the start of 2016. I am looking for someone to run through the application process with me so I can update my post to having the latest information.

    I have actually just tried the beta version for a new visa application of mine! It was the most stressful process and kept glitching out. At the end of the application, I had 3 options to choose for how I wanted my visa processed (post, premium and super premium (i.e. cost £10k), then the ability to book (it’s a UK office) this is where it kept having issues and wouldn’t show me appointments! It took me 2 computers, several refreshes and after an hour it finally gave me a slot! Then once I finally got an appointment I was asked to pay for my visa. Once I paid it then gave me all the PDF’s of my application and documents I need.

    The beta site does let me log in and retrieve my application, is it not allowing you to do this?

    I did get given a time for my appointment so it said Friday, 5 July at 11:00 at British Consulate Perth Level 12, 251 Adelaide Terrace Perth WA 6000.


  23. Hi Alison, if you used Visa4UK you should be able to log in and then click on the Print Application button on the right hand side (under Register at Commercial Partner). I could also access my application for printing by clicking on View Payment: this took me to a page where I could print my application, check what supporting docs I need and also see my Bio appt details (and print the booking confirmation) and lastly, what Visa fee I had paid or had yet to pay. Hope that helps!

  24. Hi Tanith, I’d got through the visa signing page and choosing the post office you’ll collect your info in the UK and the next page was the book the biometrics appointment but there were no appointments that showed up. We went to a walk in and the guy in Perth (at the Channel Nine building St Georges Tce) is reaaally helpful and explained it was because it’s a busy time of year and the appointments were booked out (to August, more than three weeks in advance). They only release one day of appointments at a time when it’s busy so he got a day released and told us to book that and then use a walk in time earlier. Note for those in Perth it’s $102 (GBP55) to use the Perth centre (as opposed to a Sydney/Melbourne one) and it’s AUD$95 to do a walk in appointment as well as opposed to booking an appointment. Once we had booked our appointment we were then able to pay the fee and print the application. The fact there were no appointments released meant we were stuck in the process.

  25. Hi Kat

    I have recently applied for my ancestral visa, went for the interview etc.

    However, I know plan to only leave in the new year, is this possible or do I have to pay more money to postpone my trip.

    Thank you so much

  26. Hi Ky

    You would have to get a 30-day short validity (travel) vignette. This is not something I have done so I can’t guide you on the process too well. There would be an additional cost to your application and country dependent. There is another online application form to be completed similar to that of your initial visa application. The British High Commission will then provide you with a new 30-day permit to accommodate your new proposed travels. If you go to the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transferring-a-visa-to-a-new-passport-ecb17/transferring-a-visa-ecb17

    then fill out the form provided (I picked Australia as an example):

    Select the country you are making your application from

    Select the visa category you would like to see fees for

    Select the visa type you would like to see fees for
    Other fees

    Select the visa sub-type you would like to see fees for
    Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document)

    The visa application guide can be found here:

    As the website is going through a beta stage at the moment the options may have changed but my understanding is that you have to go to the visa4uk website and start a new application.

    Then you should have options like:
    reason for Visit: Other
    Visa Type: Others
    Visa Sub Type: Vignette Transfer

    Complete the form and in the additional information explaining the reasons for the request.

    Let me know how you get on! Really keen on seeing how this process works!


  27. Hey Kat,

    This has been great information in applying for the visa. Thank you!
    Wondering if you might have any clue as to what my wife would need to do to join me. Does she need to apply for a separate visa? If so, which visa would she need to apply for?



  28. Hi Graeme,

    My understanding that she becomes a dependant on the Ancestry Visa application and there is a separate visa application in the online portal. The validity of her visa is linked to yours, i.e. you would have the same end date etc. I have not seen any helpful information to be able to point you in the right direction a part from go to the visa4uk website and fill out an online application.

    However, I did find a handy comment that might be able to help you out which is on the online application you select:
    Work outside the PBS (Points based system)
    Dependents more than 6 months
    A few pages later on in the application it gives you the option to select spouse of a person with UK Ancestry.

    They then submitted their applications together and included all their relevant birth certificates (minus the dependant certificate), included proof of funds and evidence of looking for work. Plus any other supporting evidence required.

    Hope this helps!

  29. Hi. Just a question on birth certificates. Are certified copies ok? I have a certified copy of my grandfathers birth certificate not the original.

  30. Hi Melanie,

    By certified copies do you mean birth extract? If you mean a birth extract than, yes, that’s what I used for my application. My granddads birth certificate states that it is an extract of an entry from the Register of Births in Scotland and it states that is an official document issued.

    If it is a certified copy for a justice of the peace then I wouldn’t recommend it. Some people have been successful and others have been rejected so it’s a risk you’d be taking.


  31. Hi Kat, I use a US passport when traveling and also have an expired South African passport which I had not planned on renewing. When applying for the ancestral visa, is the expired SA passport acceptable to prove Commonwealth citizenship?

  32. Hi Mark,

    Interesting question. Just going off general evidence, passports can only be used as ID up to 2 years after they have expired so if it is older than that then I would definitely say no. The proof is generally tracked through the birth certificates, however, I am no expert on the dual citizen requirements and this is an exception to the rule. I always think that the side of caution is always the best option and if this is your proof of being South African I would renew the passport.

    Good luck!

  33. Hi, Thank you got all the great information. I have almost completed my application. I have put 17th Oct as my arrival date. Do I have to stick to the actual date you stated to arrive in the UK or are you given a timeframe from the date the visa is accepted and issued that you can actually travel in.? Many Thanks

  34. Hi Lucy,

    It’s based on your planned arrival date. If you are planning on arriving on the 17th of October then I would put the 17th down. You will have 30 days after the 17th of October to collect your visa so by the 16/17th of November.


  35. Hi Kat

    Great information thanks, my question is I’ve been struggling to find my grandfather’s birth certificate. He was Saving the Queen in world war 2. Do you know where I can get the birth certificate

  36. Hi Sindi,

    I have included where you can obtain grandparents birth certificates in the article. Is there something particular you having an issue with?


  37. Yes I wanna apply for the ancestry visa

  38. Hi Sindi, I have sent you an email re your question. 🙂

  39. Hi Kat, this is a very useful platform you have created. I arrived in the UK from Southern Africa through the ancestry visa. I am now a British citizen. My application process was quite simple and straight forward and my visa was issued after 3 days of submitting my application. Now my 21 year old son wants to apply for his ancestry visa. He has just finished school and has not accumulated any funds. Can I produce my bank statements to show that i will be his financial sponsor and accommodate him in the UK? Many thanks

  40. Hi Angela,

    I would recommend confirming with the Immigration Department to ensure that this is still a valid option but as I understand he can be sponsored by either a parent, colleague or friend – it’s up to you. To be able to do this, the sponsor will need to send a letter to UK Visa and Immigration stating that you will act as your guarantor during your time in the UK. I am not sure what the letter needs to state but going on the general requirements I would assume that you need to also provide your bank statements (maybe payslips) showing you can support him.

    Hope that helps.

  41. Hi Kat,
    Thank you very much for the information provided.
    Our family is also planning to head to the UK. My grandmother was British. A challenge we face is that my wife has quite a few chronic health problems ie (Diabetes, Hypertension, Fibro). What access will we have to the UK health care system?

    Thank you


  42. Hi George,

    Basically, if you are a resident you get access to the NHS (National Health Service). Everything you need to know about the healthcare will be covered on the NHS website. Here are the best articles about how you can get healthcare when moving to England. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/visiting-or-moving-to-england/moving-to-england-from-outside-the-european-economic-area-eea/ or https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/visiting-or-moving-to-england/how-to-access-nhs-services-in-england/.

    I am not sure how long wait times will be transferring and getting set-up with doctors (this is dependent on when you have a residential address) and specialist. My most serious illness has been my migraines where I have to see a neurologist. It took me 3 to 4 months to get to see the neurologist. Now I am on record so whenever I have a long stint of migraine episode I can call up the hospital and get an appointment for injections within 7 to 10 days.

    Hope that helps.

  43. Hi Kat!
    So i did the tier 2 visa a couple years back and now im doing the ancestry, now i cant go until march and ive been told they are doubling the cost of IHS from 1000 to 2000 pounds.. so i thought why not apply now and travel to the Uk on my ‘intended arrival date’ collect my BRP and then come back to canada for a couple months until i actually want to come. Would i be able to do this and collect my BRP OR do you have to wait for a BRP letter in the mail saying where it will be delivered too? will i be notified what post office i can collect my brp from before i arrive? Im just nervous i would show up for a weekend and i wont be able to get it type thing.. i think with my tier 5 i remember a letter come into the residence i was staying at saying i could collect it but i cant quite remember.

  44. Hi Hayley,

    The UK runs on an April to March financial year so prices aren’t generally hiked until the 1st of April each year. As long as you apply before the end of the financial year you won’t be impacted by the prices (based on previous increases). This is what happened when they brought in the NHS surcharge the first time.

    You choose the post office you are going to collect your BRP card from. That’s what happened when my sister applied, then she just went to the post office when she arrived with the acceptance letter (the one that says you are successful and it will include the post office address) and passport.

    Hope that helps.

  45. Hi Kat,
    I’m currently in the process of completing my online application and was wondering when you when they requested your current living expenses etc in Australia did you do this in Aus or GBP dollars?
    It’s a bit unclear as you can only put a dollar amount and unable to include symbols such as $.
    Many thanks in advance,

  46. Hi Lee,

    I put everything in Australian dollars :).


  47. Hi Kat! Thank you for such a helpful article! My grandparents divorced a few years after their marriage and my grandmother is a UK citizen, will the marriage certificate still hold as proof?

  48. Hi Kat, I’m busy with my application right now, but I’m confused with the part of “UK Ancestry” and the “basis of ancestry”.
    Do I put in my name or my grandfathers name?

    This is what I did… but I’m unsure if it should be my info or my grandfathers?

    Basis of ancestry Grandfather
    Family Name Phillips
    Given Name Cherize
    Nationality SOUTH AFRICA
    Date of birth 09 Dec 1993
    Place of birth South Africa


  49. Hi Cherry,

    Please explain how you qualify for UK ancestry My answer: as someone who, at birth, was a citizen of the UK and colonies and has or had a grandparent born in the UK. – I went through a company so this is just the generic text they provided.

    So you could say as Phillips Cherize, at birth, was/is a citizen of the UK and colonies and was/is my ancestral tie in the UK.


  50. Hi Isbah,

    As long as you can prove the ancestral ties via the birth certificates then you don’t need marriage certificates. If you can’t follow the ancestral ties using the birth certificates then you need the marriage certificates (I got them to be safe). I’ve never heard of anyone needing more than that, however, the Home Office would be the best place to ask if you are unsure.


  51. Hi Kat,

    Sorry, I’m still a little confused… So they have a section part in the application that is the “UK Ancestry”.
    in this part they ask about what the basis of Ancestry is…. Now I’m unsure if I have to write my own name or my grandfathers name… It makes more sense to fill in my grandfathers name, but it doesn’t clarify this on the application…
    These are the questions they’re asking in this section… Can you remember if you filled in your own details or your grandparents’ details?

    Basis of ancestry:
    Family Name:
    Given Name:
    Date of birth:
    Place of birth:

    Sorry I feel silly asking this question again… I’m just unsure of what I should fill in in this particular section.

  52. Hi Cherry,

    Sorry, it seems they have changed the application so that was my answer on the basis of Ancestry. The basis of Ancestry is you granddad so it would be his details, not yours.


  53. Thanks Kat, you are such a star!!! Thanks for all your trouble and help!!!

  54. Thank you so much for your help! really appreciate it!

  55. Hi Kat,

    This is a great article so thanks for laying it all out. I did my first ancestry visa 6 years ago so completely forgot the processes. I have 4 years left on my Australian Passport and my question is, do I need to have 5+ years on my Australian Passport to apply? Or does it not matter as they give you a biometrics card anyway?


  56. Hi Sophie,

    No, you don’t need 5+ years on your passport. My passport expired while I had the old style of visa in it (vignette ones) and I just had to carry two passports around. Now the visa is on a BRP card it makes it even simpler as you just carry your latest passport and BRP card.


  57. Thank you so much! I got the certificate just in case. Also, do I have to show some documentation for my son (5 years old). I do have sole custody of him but would they need proof as it is not mentioned in the Required Documents section

  58. Hi Isbah,

    You will need documentation for your son. Birth certificate, proving you can support him etc. As I don’t have dependents on my visa I am not sure exactly all the details you will need to provide.

    There are a couple of requirements which might be of help to you:
    So the first one is… That parent has had sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing. – which I would assume you need to provide evidence that you are his sole parent.
    The next set is pretty easy, so you need to show that your son is related to you as the parent which would be a birth certificate.
    You need to prove that he’s under 18 at the date of application which would be his passport and birth certificate.
    They are not married, in a civil partnership or leading an independent life, as he’s 5 this would not be the case at all!
    As the UK sponsor you will also need to demonstrate that they satisfy a financial requirement by having a gross annual income of at least £18,600 plus.
    Lastly, you need to prove that there is adequate accommodation and maintenance for the child, without relying on public funds. To cover this you would have to show your bank statements, financial stability etc.


  59. HI Kat , thanks for the info.
    Quick question – did you require your grandparents and parents original birth certificate or did a copy suffice ?
    Kind Regards Kelly

  60. Hi Kelly,
    I got a birth extract from Scottish People so an official copy that stamped/embossed by them for my grandad. I did the same with my mums birth certificate (I didn’t provide my dads) went to the birth, death or a marriage office in Australia and got an official copy/extract from them.
    Cheers, Kat

  61. Thank you so,so much for all your help! You have put my mind at ease. Cheers! 🙂

  62. No worries Isbah. The Home Office will be able to confirm all the requirements (I couldn’t find an official page stating requirements) or when you are filling out the application it will prompt you for questions etc and you will be able to see what you will need to provide. You can start an application 70 days before submitting so then it will give you a better idea. Good luck.

  63. Thank you kat for the reseach. I have also applied for uk ancestry a week ago. Prays for you

    Good luck and best regards.

  64. Hey Kat,

    I attended the biometrics appointment (Melbourne) for my UK Ancestry Visa a month ago today and it’s now been 20 UK business days since I received confirmation that they had received my passport and other documentation at the UKVI Processing Centre in Sheffield. I’m obviously becoming a little concerned now as I haven’t heard anything since the acknowledgement email and I’m due to travel to begin my new job in three weeks’ time. I understand through some online research that August/September is a peak time for UKVI due to the UK academic year beginning and the associated influx of international student visa applications.

    I’m writing to you to ask if have you heard from anyone else, or if anyone else reading this, is experiencing the same delays or whether I should be concerned and there might be an issue with my application.

    Many thanks, Daniel

  65. Hi Daniel,
    It’s interesting it went to Sheffield as mine went to Manilla. The summer months are generally the busiest and with Brexit happening in the UK there will be an influx of visa applications at the moment (has been since Brexit was announced). I’ve personally not heard any delays at the moment, maybe call them and follow up?

  66. Hi Kat
    On my mum’s birth certificate, her mum’s nationality has been stated as United Kingdom.
    Nothing else has been stated regarding her mum’s place of birth or date of birth
    Do I qualify for an ancestry visa?

  67. Hi Manks,
    I find it odd that the birth certificate doesn’t have any of the details that a birth certificate would normally contain. I find it unlikely that this would prove as evidence in any case. I would suggest that you get a copy from the births registry office.

    Ancestry isn’t via your parents it’s by your grandparents. Are you grandparent born in the UK? If not, was your mum was born in the UK? Then you could potentially be entitled to right of abode and not ancestry. You can find more details about right of abode here: https://katsgoneglobal.com/applying-for-your-uk-right-of-abode/


  68. Hi Kat,
    I am applying for an ancestoral visa for my son via his grandfather (fathers side, my ex husband). They are going to give me copies of the documents i need, do they need to be originals? Doubt i am going to be able to annex the originals from them and if i have to produce originals , do i get them back to return to rightful owners?

  69. Hi Lee, yes they need to be originals or extracts from the registry office. As I mention in the article it was super easy for me to get a copy of my Scottish grandparents without needing them to be present. Getting Australian birth certificates was actually harder. They will give you back the documents that you send.

  70. Hi Kat
    Great article thanks!
    I am wondering whether it is possible to print off your 3 month bank statement (to reflect funds required to support yourself in UK) BEFORE you actually pay for VISA /NHS fees costs themselves?
    Ie. Is there a way/loophole to reflect we have the required funds to support ourselves and then cutting into those funds?

    Many thanks

  71. Hi Craig,
    For my latest visa I provided a bank statement less than a week old. I am not how long they expect the evidence to be fresh as I just did that. Even on the new style of applications there is no mention in the evidence guidelines how fresh they need to be. Can you pay the visa on a credit card? That’s what I’ve done each time to keep the money in my account and then pay it back on the last day my credit card/ get my bank statement printed before I do that. You could also look into getting a 6-month interest-free card (or whatever they do these days). Do you have enough saved that taking the funds out still means you have £1,890 left in your account? If yes then I would say it would be fine taking the chunk of money out but I’ve never paid for my visas that way. I would be really surprised if other people haven’t done that either.
    Cheers, Kat

  72. Hi Kat,

    I am getting a bit confused on all of the websites. You have mentioned Visa4UK. I have also come across VFS Global as well which I started to fill out. Which one should I be filling out first? Is it paying the NHS fees on the Gov.UK website and then going to Visa4UK? I’ll be flying back to Toronto in December for 3 weeks. I also was wondering if I can show my investments rather than my bank account as I am now living in the UK on a Youth Mobility Visa so don’t have much in my Canadian account it is all taken out and saved with a third party. Sorry last question but Ancestry Visa is also a Work Permit correct? Thank you!

  73. Hi Andrea,

    As the Home Office states in this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa you need to go to the Visa4UK website which is https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/account/register to apply for an Ancestry Visa. You will see this in Apply for all other visas
    Apply using the Visa4UK service for all other visas, including if you’re applying:
    for a UK ancestry visa

    Depending on the type of visa you will get directed to visa companies for that purpose but this is the right one for Ancestry.

    They won’t take into consideration investments, I’ve never been asked in any of my applications for proof of money outside of my bank accounts. Do you not have money in your UK bank account and just show them those statements?

    Yes, ancestry is a 5-year working permit which after 5 years you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Your two years won’t count towards your 5 years unfortunately as well.


  74. Thanks Kat! Unfortunately I haven’t kept enough in my UK account to show proof. I can grab my money out though whenever I want back home so I wonder if it’s enough to just get the company that has my money to right a letter saying I have more than enough with them. I mean it’s my money regardless if it’s in a bank or not. But let’s hope whoever is approving my visa thinks the same haha.

  75. Hi Kat,

    Sorry one more question. As I start to fill out the form it’s asking for Visa type. Would it be “Reason for visit” – Other, “Visa Type” – Overseas Territory & Commonwealth and then “Visa Sub Type” – Commonwealth Application?

    I couldn’t see anything about ancestry visa or work permit.

    Thank you so much!

  76. The new visa application (at least for ILR) provides you with a list of evidence that you need to provide, this is the exact wording they provided me for the finances section.
    Evidence of your finances. Bank statements, building society savings book(s), pay slips or other formal documents as evidence of your ability to maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants without recourse to public funds. Note, we do not accept internet or cashpoint statements as evidence of finances. If you claim that a relative or friend is providing you with financial support, in addition to evidence of your own finances, you must provide bank statements or other documents of the kind described above as evidence of their financial resources. The documents showing the finances available to you and to any person supporting you should cover at least the last three months.

    At the end of the day, it’s up to you what to provide 🙂 but I would recommend having bank statements available that will be able to prove that you get paid and that you have some money.

  77. Reason for Visit
    Visa Type
    Non-points based working visa
    Visa Sub Type
    UK Ancestry

    That’s the fields you want to select.

  78. Thanks again Kat. Hopefully this is the last question. Underneath the “Have you made an application to the Home Office to remain in the UK in the last 10 years?” it asks for the “Date of application” for when I was applying for the Tier 5 Visa. Is this the date the application was started or the date it was approved? If it’s the date approved how would I find this?

  79. Hi Andrea, Not 100% sure what date that they would want you to use but as an assumption, I would say the date you submitted your application i.e. after you paid and they consolidate the information into the forms you take to your appointment (hope that makes sense).

  80. Hi Kat,

    Thanks for this article, it was a big help!

    I hit submit on my application, paid all my fees and now need to register with VFS Global but it doesn’t show Ancestry Visa or Non-Points Based Work in the drop down.

    Any idea what to select?

  81. Hi Jaime, I’ve never registered with VFS Global so I’m not sure what benefit there is doing so? It’s just another visa website for different visa types so I’m slightly confused the need to register. Cheers, Kat

  82. Hi Kat, I just filled out and confirmed my application. I am now in the stage of trying to book my appointment under the Visa4Uk website and only appointments to middle of November are being shown for Toronto. Is there a reason I can select December yet? Or I wonder if this is when I go through the VFS Global website. So confusing! I thought I could book 3 months out of my application.

  83. Hi Andrea, I am not sure why the appointments are only showing for mid-November. They may not have released any for December yet but you would need to call the Canadain office to confirm. In the UK they currently release appointment 45 days in advance, however, you can set your arrival date 3 months in advance (which might have been the confusing part re dates). I’ve never had to register to VFS Global website for any of my UK visas.
    Cheers, Kat

  84. Hey Andrea,

    When I booked my BRP this past weekend I was able to schedule an appointment for this week and I’m also applying out of Toronto.

    Not sure why it’s showing so late in the game?

  85. Hi Kat, I’ve just had my Biometric appointment. I was required to give them my passport, with all of the copies of my documents, and will need to pick it up in a few weeks after the decision is made about my VISA. On looking back, I am concerned that I shouldn’t have allowed them to keep my passport. Also, it was odd that the people at VFS Global didn’t even look at my original documents to ensure that they were the same as the copies. I used the online application service Visa4UK and chose my appointment to be in Toronto.

  86. Hi Christine,
    They need your passport to be able to put the vignette in your passport to enter the UK. It’s a normal process to hand your passport to receive a visa. I guess as a third party they have got a no care attitude now :/. Good Luck!

  87. Hi Kat!

    I loved all the info you gave on obtaining an Ancestry Visa. It answered soon many of my questions, so thank you! I just have a few more questions if that’s okay.

    So I have only very recently made the decision to move to the UK since I stayed with my relatives for a short time earlier this year during my Europe trip. I had two jobs prior to leaving and quit one, with the intention of finding a new one when I returned. So since my return, the last three months, my bank account has been fairly empty until the end of September when I landed my 2nd job and started making a larger income as I was only making small amounts of income from my 2nd job and I will be applying for my visa as of the 15th of November. I’m selling my car and will have a large sum in my account soon, which I can provide a letter or invoice for. So my question is, is the lack of funds flowing into my account for the first two months going to be a problem? Even though I’ll have more then enough of the minimum funds in my account when I apply?
    I am also sending my contract with my documents to prove that I will have consistent work up until I leave. I will also be living with relatives. So would getting a letter signed by them help my application to state I’ll be living with them?
    I’m just worried about my application being denied.

    My 2nd question is just regarding proof that you intend on working in the UK. Is registration emails with job sites, my resume and a few references from my current employers enough to show? Or will I have to show some correspondence with employers in the UK?

    Thank you so much for all your help!

    Also, is it very often applications are denied? In your experience?

  88. Hi Paige,
    Exciting time applying for your Ancestry Visa! Will you have your car sold by the time you go to the appointment? I think it is a really good idea to add the extra documents as you mentioned like the invoice/ letter explaining as it shows you got the money legitimately and it’s not a family member giving you money. Technically there is no explicate money requirement apart from you need to show enough funds to support yourself. I always recommend the Youth Mobility guidelines as visa officers are used to this and the old requirement was £1,600 so only £290 more than the new youth mobility guidelines. However, I don’t get updated whether people were approved that don’t meet those suggested amounts so I can’t comment on whether this will be accepted. Re accommodation you should detail in the family and friends section the family you are staying with and then add their address as the location you are staying at. It’s up to you if you want to add a letter but’s not a requirement stated that this is required.
    I only provided my resume for my proof of working, others I have known have provided jobs they have applied for and it’s mentioned as something you provide in the application process. You could reach out to a few recruiters to show that you are contacting people.
    I have not heard of any bodies application getting rejected but again people don’t really tell me if they are successful.
    Cheers, Kat

  89. Thanks so much for all the help Kat 🙂

    I hope to have my car sold in time, otherwise I have got an early Christmas present of money coming in also I can claim with a letter. Thank you again so so much! I’m so excited and can’t wait until I get to go overseas 🙂

  90. Hi Paige,

    Here is a sample letter if that helps, I used a similar format so I just changed it to receiving funds instead of what mine was for which was transferring between pay and savings account. Please note that this is not an official letter template so it’s up to you how you want to provide the evidence but mapping the evidence really helps (at least I feel it does). It’s a little repetitive in stating the facts….

    [Date] [Address]
    To Whom It May Concern

    I refer to the attached Bank Statement and explain the unusual/additional (whatever you wish to say here) credit amounts that I have received.

    The total amount of $xxx.xx was received in my Account (enter the bank statement here) on the following dates:
    [Date 1] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx] – reference any additional information here like supporting car invoice for example and attach to the letter.
    [Date 2] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx]
    [Date 3] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx]
    [Date 4] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx]
    [Date 5] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx]
    [Date 6] [Transfer Number] [amount of xxx.xx]

    This is evidenced by the attached bank statement clearly showing $xxx.xx was credited to my account. This money was received for the purpose of .

    I hope the above information clearly explains all the reasons for receiving the credit amount of $xxx.xx on the attached Bank Statement.

    Yours Faithfully
    [Applicant’s Signature]
    [Applicant’s Name]

  91. Thanks for the article Kat, would my criminal record of 3 dui’s and a armed robbery (1 year house arrrest) which all happened 10+ years ago prevent me from getting a visa? I have a skilled trade and money to purchase a house if I get a visa as well.

  92. Hi Luke,
    Your best bet would be to chat to Visa advisor/ lawyer as it’s more complicated than the advice I can provide as this is based on my experience. The people that pick up the phone in the Home Office aren’t trained to be lawyers so you are best going with someone that focuses on the law. Sorry, I can’t be of more help.
    Cheers, Kat

  93. Hi Kat,

    I am looking at applying for this visa, however both my grandparents were born in India when it was under British rule. They are both British citizens and have British passports, however they were technically born in a British territory. Do you know if this will be a problem?

  94. Hi Madi,
    In the Guidance United Kingdom ancestry: WRK2.3 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-ancestry-wrk23/united-kingdom-ancestry-wrk23–2#wrk232-what-if-the-grandparent-was-born-in-a-territory-not-listed-in-wrk231) in WRK2.3.1 What are the requirements? it states the following requirements need to be met:
    Rules paragraphs 186-193Under this provision, Commonwealth citizens must be able to demonstrate that the grandparent on whom the claim is based:

    * was born in the United Kingdom and Islands (the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man) or,
    * if the grandparent was born before 31 March 1922, in what is now the Republic of Ireland or, was born on a British registered ship or aircraft.
    * Applicants must be related to the UK born grandparent by blood or adoption.

    If they can prove their UK ancestry, and the commonwealth citizen intends to take up or seek employment in the UK, they may be granted an entry clearance on the basis of his / her UK ancestry.

    A person seeking entry on the basis of their UK ancestry will normally be given leave to enter for five years. Shortly before this leave expires they are eligible to apply for settlement.

    Prior entry clearance is mandatory.

    it then states in WRK2.3.2 What if the grandparent was born in a territory not listed in WRK2.3.1? that…
    An application from a person whose grandparent was born in any territory other than those listed above, including a former British colony or military base overseas, would fall to be refused.

    Cheers, Kat

  95. Hi,

    Just curious if you know if a debit card can be used to pay for the fee or if it’s has to be a credit card?


  96. Hi Michelle,
    Yes, debit cards are accepted. Using a credit card just means that you can show more in your bank account before paying your card off.
    Cheers, Kat

  97. Hi Kat!

    Very helpful article. I am aiming to move between March – May 2019, however I’m wondering if I can apply for my ancestry visa earlier before the fees go up! Do you know when you have to submit before the fees go up in December ? And also when you apply and give your intended date of moving could I say April or it has to be earlier/closer to when you got the visa??

  98. Hi Hayley,
    I replied to your facebook comment as well. There is no announcement stating the date that the fees will go up. The latest article on the gov.uk website is https://www.gov.uk/government/news/increase-to-immigration-health-surcharge-gives-nhs-extra-funding which says it’s waiting for parliament approval. You can only select a travel date up to 3 months in advance so if you applied on the 28th Nov for example then you could put a travel date of the 28th Feb. Once your visa is approved you could then apply for an extension which I’ve documented in this article which will then allow you to choose another travel date with a fee.
    Cheers, Kat

  99. Thank you so so much for all your assistance Kat!

    I really really appreciate it 🙂

  100. Hi Kat,
    I applied for my UK ancestry visa a few weeks ago and have received an email saying its at clearance office , but I’m wondering how will I find out if I was successful ? will I get an email saying either way or have to wait for the return of my passport. Appreciate any advice. christine

  101. Hi Kat,
    I’m so happy I found this article – thank you! I’m thinking of applying next year, with my son – from NZ. I am trying to find out whether or not my retirement savings (from NZ) would be classed as savings/investment? I also have a personal loan, which I’d continue making repayments on while overseas – somehow. I’m a little concerned having this debt will go against me, as bank statements will show payments being made to a loan provider. Do you know much about how they review debt like this? After a year out of NZ I could withdraw the majority of my retirement savings which would help. Regarding my son – would I only need to have the £1,890 pp for us both, or do I need to have more? I have a partner in the UK who we would live with – is there anything they could do to help show they’ll support us financially? Thank you 🙂

  102. Hi Marie,
    I didn’t add my Australian superannuation to my application – is your retirement fund similar to this? I guess it’s a choice whether you wish to add it. I was in the same position where I had a personal loan but I only showed my savings account in my evidence which had my supporting funds, not the account I got paid into or where my bills were deducted from. My recommendation is that each person has over £1,890 but the more money to prove you can support yourself the better. It’s hard as there is no financial requirement apart from ‘you must show you can support yourself’ so this is based on the youth mobility visa financial requirement.

    I’ve documented what the application looks like in this post https://katsgoneglobal.com/uk-ancestry-application/ which might give you more guidance in the types of questions to expect. There are sections you can add that other people are supporting you and what not within the application.
    Cheers, Kat

  103. Hi Christine,
    I went through a visa company so I personally didn’t receive any emails stating that I was successful. I re-checked my emails to see if the company notified me and I don’t have any notifications. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Hopefully, someone else that has gone through the process can comment.
    Cheers, Kat

  104. No problems!

  105. Hi Kat,
    You are doing a great job with great insight, But i still have a query, I’m am the 4th generation in my family. My Great Great Grand father was born in the UK (I have his birth certificate) He came to India with family during war times and his daughter had children here in India who one of her sons is my grandfather (Born in 1910 in India)Does this make me eligible to apply….

  106. Hi Steve, you can only apply if it’s your grandparents. Not if it’s your great great grandparents. Cheers, Kat

  107. Hi Kat
    I would like to complete our visa application (Ancestry) now as we are also freaked out about the NHS hike. We have just sold our house and are waiting for transfer to be effected. Can I go ahead and complete my application and get a letter from our attorneys confirming that there will be funds available before our planned travel date (11 Feb) rather than submitting 3 months bank statements? We are a family of 5.

  108. Hi Deborah,
    There is still no announcement that the UK parliament has approved this but I will update the post when there is. I think the government is to busy deciding on what to do about Brexit. The general advice is that you need to have enough funds in your account 90 days prior to your date of application. The people that I’ve known that have applied have provided bank statements to support this so I can’t confirm whether a letter from your attorneys would suffice. Either way you will still need to provide bank statements no matter if you provide a letter from your attorney. An immigration lawyer would be able to confirm if this letter would be enough for your visa to be approved before the money hits your account. Just on a side note you would have to show documentation as apart of your visa application explaining the abnormal amount hitting your accounts.
    Cheers, Kat

  109. HI Kat,
    I qualify for an Ancestry Visa and have nearly filling out the online form. My husband will be my “dependent” and somewhere in my research on this visa it said that he fills his in on VFS Global which you had mentioned you had not used. Do you know if this is correct?
    However, my main concern is the cost of the visas as we only intend to do a working holiday for between 6-12 months. From my research the health charge for both of us is 2000 pounds, the visas are 1032 pounds (516 each) and add biometrics test each of about $200 for both that comes to about AUD $5540. Does this sound correct? If so it makes a short working holiday very expensive and I am not sure we would go back within 5 years to make the most of it.
    Thank goodness I found your site as it has been very informative, thanks for clearing up other questions I had.

  110. Hi Lisa, If you are both under 31, by the sounds of it from an Aussie? Then you can apply for the youth mobility visa which would be way cheaper than ancestry. The cons are if you did decide to stay then it wouldn’t count towards your 5 years of IRL, you will be limited to more contract work than perm jobs but it’s employer dependent and a few other things. If you are planning on being here for up 12 months then the cons wouldn’t affect you too much.

    In answer to the fees, it would be over £5,000 for you both to apply.

    In answer to where he should apply it should be the Visa4UK website as stated here on the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa. My understanding is that it should be Working Visa>Non-points based>dependant greater than 6 months applications but there is little information to guide or confirm this. The UK Ancestry is under the non points based rules, lots of the articles are about points based dependants which are for sponsorship visa partner etc. This is the best advice I have found explaining the visa https://www.expatforum.com/expats/britain-expat-forum-expats-living-uk/571154-uk-ancestry-dependant-visa-defacto-unmarried-partner-our-experience-tips.html it is 3 years old but uses the visa path I mentioned above.

    Just as a side note you can also get the health surcharge refunded for any years you leave the country. Not sure of the process but I’ve seen on the website that it is possible.


  111. Hi Kat,
    I wanna know if I can apply for an ancestry visa since my grandmother was born in the UK. But my dad’s birth cert only states my granny’s name and her nationality. I tried to get a copy from the Birth Registry and it was still the same stating only my dad’s mother’s nationality and not her place of birth or something related.
    Is that enough to prove my ancestry?

  112. Hi Joe,

    Not knowing what countries it’s hard to advise too much but as you can see from the examples I showed for Australian and Scottish you can see the full birth certificate information. For example, there are different types of certified copies issued in England and Wales:

    A full certificate, titled ‘CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY’ is a copy of the original entry in the birth register, giving all the recorded details.[34] Information includes; name, sex, date, and place of birth of the child, father’s name, place of birth and occupation, mother’s name, place of birth, maiden name, and occupation. Certificates for births before 1911 do not show the mother’s maiden name, before 1969 do not show the detail(s) of the parent(s), place of birth and registration, and before 1984 do not show mother’s occupation. – Is your dads birth certificate a full certificate?

    The short certificate, titled ‘CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH’, shows the child’s full name, sex, date, and place of birth. It does not give any detail(s) of the parent(s); therefore it is not proof of parentage. A short birth certificate is issued, free of charge, at the time of registration.

    If you have what your country classifies as a full birth certificate (original or extract) then it would be proof, if it is a shorten extract then I suggest you discuss with the birth registry office and see what to do next.


  113. Great blog, I submitted everything last week and now the waiting game ! Thanks for all the information Kat

  114. Good luck!

  115. Thanks for the info! I’m wondering where I would look for any updates in the increase/when it will he implemented? I’ve been googling but still just days “December 2018 subject to parliamentary approval”. Is it as long as you submit your application before they increase that you pay the same rates? What if I can’t get a biometric appt until the new year and the fees increase but I’ve already submitted the online application? THANKSTHANKSTHANKS!!

  116. Hi Hayley, it would be on the Gov.uk website but as Brexit is a shamble I’m not sure they are focusing on the price hikes. As you pay fees up front they shouldn’t charge you anymore once you’ve paid even if your appointment is weeks away etc. It’s not normal for companies to retrospectively charge you. Cheers Kat

  117. Hi Kat! Does my birth certificate along with my fathers have to show our connection? In Canada it’s just our individual birth certificates with no parents.

  118. Hi Andrea,
    As I understand Canada has both long and short form certificates, the long form will include the detail of parent information. It’s standard on Aussie birth certificates so I just submitted that. Maybe another Canadian can comment whether they were successful with a short form. The internet in Mexico isn’t the best for research but the evidence needs to be able to prove your heritage.
    Sorry I couldn’t have been more help!
    Cheers, Kat

  119. Hi Kat,

    I read through the extensive comments that you answered already with other people as to be sure i wasn’t making you repeat yourself (something that I am sure must be a little frustrating).
    I saw another person mentioning the ancestry dependant application which is where I have hit a snag as well. As you assumed, the most obvious choice would be NPB> Ancesrty> Dependant over 6mnths.
    I thought it was smooth sailing till the last section which is now asking my wife to choose a sponsor inside the UK and a work sponsor. Both mandatory fields..
    If you have any advice or relevant contacts for advice (while avoiding having a migration lawyer charging us extortionate fees) I would be very thankful.
    In the meantime I’ll keep at it with seeing what I can do to solve this.

    Thank you,

  120. Hi Leroy,
    Randomly the work sponsor question also shows in the Youth Mobility visa which is super strange but what I have known other people for questions like:
    What is the title of the job you are coming to do in the UK: Not Applicable
    How much will you be paid in GBP per year doing this job: 0.00
    As I am not super close to the questions in the application I am not sure if it has asked for your details as the dependent sponsor if not for inside the UK sponsor you could just reference yourself as you are the person she is getting the rights to be in the UK from.
    I don’t know anyone you could speak to either, the dependent application is a bit of a black hole and doesn’t seem to be any information to help out.
    Sorry I couldn’t be of more use!

  121. Hi Kat! Thank you so much for your great article and help. I do have a question though! I’m in Zimbabwe and we cannot remit funds outside of Zimbabwe as there is no forex. My brother is willing to be my sponsor and will provide bank statements etc and pay for visas and flights. I don’t have a bank account outside of Zimbabwe so cannot prove any funds there. My Zimbabwe bank account doesn’t really have funds either as we currently have 400% inflation so money doesn’t go far. Does this matter if my brother proves funds, does an invite letter and is a guarantor for like 1 year. I would call the immigration guys but I don’t have a debit card! LOL!

  122. Hi Karen,
    You can have a sponsor when applying for Ancestry, they will need to show their bank statements, write a letter stating they are funding you and any other documents that help support your case. You could post on https://www.immigrationboards.com/ to see if others respond with what evidence they provided but as a minimum what I mentioned at the start.

  123. Thanks Kat. I also just discovered the health surcharge has already increased to £400 per person/per year – I’d been hoping to apply in March this year (when I had saved enough), and was hoping the increase wouldn’t come into effect until April. So gutted! That will be taking my total visa costs to just over $10,000 now, when before I was looking at $6,000…. There’s no way you can just apply to stay for less time? Or do you have to apply for the full 5 years?

  124. Hi Marie,
    You can’t change the time on the visa, unfortunately, it’s set to 5 years. You could potentially apply for youth mobility visa, this is for 2 years for people aged between 18 and 35. It’s also country dependent. If you decided to stay and swap to ancestry then it doesn’t count towards your 5 years to qualify for indefinite leave to remain.
    Cheers, Kat

  125. Hi Kat!

    Thanks so much for your post, I’m just heading in for my biometrics appointment tomorrow in Toronto. I was reading your checklist for supporting documents and was just wondering if its necessary to bring the two small passport sized photos? I haven’t read anything about it on the UK visa website for required documentation. Did they make a point for that when you got to the actual appointment? Let me know and I can try and get them done this afternoon,


  126. Hi Emma,
    As far as I understand passport photos are no longer required with your application :).
    Cheers, Kat

  127. Hi Kat,

    Firstly thanks so much for this its been extremely helpful!

    My partner needs to leave Aus due to his visa restrictions in March and therefore we plan on being in Sri Lanka for a month or two until my visa gets processed – so as such if we need 3 months of bank statements we can only be in England April earliest which is fine however I just realised that Ill be therefore applying in 3 months time rather than very soon as planned. As such the biometric appointment booked after the application is done online will need to be carried out in Sri Lanka (probably not possible?) OR back in Aus. Which will be a huge spanner in the works if i have to return to Australia. As such my question therefore is – how strict do you feel they are on the 3 months of bank statements? IE will it suffice if I apply in two months and get all this appointment done in aus and then fly to Sri Lanka and wait on approval there? Also is it necessary to have flights booked?

    Hope that made sense and thanks again!

  128. Hey Kat!

    Please can you send a link to the Home Office website detailing the facts around being able to send copies and not original documents.

    Thank you! 🙂

  129. Hi Madi,
    Can your bank not provide you with 3 months of statements? They should be able to do from Oct 2018 to Jan 2019. Do you not have copies of your previous bank statements you can provide? for those dates?
    When I went to St Georges bank they printed 3 months of my accounts statements on branch-specific letterhead with the contact info for the branch where it was printed. If not, each statement should be stamped and/or signed. If they won’t do that, a letter from a branch manager confirming their authenticity and correctness will suffice.
    You shouldn’t travel until it’s been approved, they put the vignette in your passport, you can get on the day appointments so that it is sorted then and there.
    I didn’t provide evidence that I had my flights booked, just the cost for those flights.

  130. Hi Kristen,
    All the announcements can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/updates, I’ve not had time to figure out the particular announcement.
    In UK Ancestry document it says that originals must be provided when translation, however, the only requirement in the document is that the evidence provided must genuine https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/576708/UK-Ancestry-v16.pdf
    In this document are the reason why people visa’s get refused which is another helpful resource

    I provided originals/extracts for my application, not copies.


  131. Hi Kat, thank you for creating this forum. I’m Canadian and speak to the long form – short form issue. I initially presented the short form (small birth certificate with just your name, date and birthplace) when I attended my visa appointment at the application center last month. I was advised they CAN accept the short form, however the success rate for applicants in the past are not good. The LONG form (FULL birth certificate with your PARENTS information) is what the entry clearance managers will be looking for when deciding your application. This is because they need to see the link between your name, your parents name, and your grandparents name. I did not want to risk my application failing. I ordered the LONG form for both myself and my father which had his name on mine, and my grandmas name on his. Attended my new walk in appointment last week, now to wait!

  132. Hi Kat,

    Thank you so much for this amazing article.
    I currently work in the UAE and have all my funds in my UAE Bank account whereas I will be applying for my Visa from India which is my birth country. In this case, can I show my UAE bank statement or should I remit the funds to India and provide the Indian Bank statement.
    Hope I made sense, thanks.


  133. Hi Emmy,
    I’ve not dealt with this situation before so I am not sure. If anyone else from the community has had the same situation they may be able to comment.

  134. Hi Kat ,

    I am applying for a Uk ancestry visa ,last night I submitted my online application on visa4uk , was able to book an appointment for biometrics to be taken but the page states that the biometric enrolment office in Christchurch is unable to take payment in person and payment MUST be made online , but there is no option or info to make the payment online …? so I am afraid to go to the next section and pay the newly increased NHS surcharge fee , and visa fee , to find that my biometric enrolment appointment has been cancelled due to non payment . If you have any clues to how one pays the biometric appt online I would be very grateful to hear from you . Thank you for providing so much valued information on your site . The official sites can be vague and misleading .


  135. Hi Kat,
    Great article, i wish i had read it before i started the Ancestry visa process. I submitted my application today and at my appointment I was told that my fathers birth certificate needed to show my father parents. This makes sense as shows the line of ancestry between my grandfather and myself. I checked with my father and the birth certificate he provided me is the only birth certificate he has. I was faced with the choice of trying to obtain my fathers “full” birth certificate from Zimbabwe which would have been very challenging or submitting the application with the birth certificate. I decided to submit the application and wrote a letter stating the situation and that i confirm my father is the son of my grandfather. Just wondering if you have come across this situation and whether you think my application will be rejected?

  136. Hi Damian,
    In the application, you should complete all the stages:
    Sign Declaration
    BRP Collection Location – where you choose the appointment location
    Book Appointment – Book the appointment
    Pay For IHS – this is where you pay the NHS fee, they call it IHS in the process.
    Pay for Application
    Print Application

    Once you’ve completed the above take all of this to your biometric appointment plus your evidence and your application will be processed.

    Hope that helped. Let me know if you have any more questions :).

  137. Hi Andy,
    You may or may not be lucky. Now that you have submitted the application I guess wait and see. In the meantime, I would look into how you could get a full birth certificate just in case.

  138. Hi Kat, this is a great article, really well written and well researched.
    As someone who is coming out the end of a 5-yr Ancestry Visa in the UK, having moved over from Australia, there are also some other really useful tips you may want to include, for those expecting to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain at the end of their UK Ancestry Visa:
    1) Most importantly – GET YOUR VISA START DATE RIGHT!! You should make sure you enter the UK WITHIN 28 DAYS of your visa starting. This is because when you get to the end of your visa, you can only apply for ILR within 28days of QUALIFYING for the 5yrs (i.e. actually being in the UK), and you MUST apply before your current visa expires. Better to request a later visa start date and make sure you can be in the UK pretty swiftly after your visa starts, than run out of time and shell out £3k for a visa extension at the end, instead of going straight to ILR.
    2) Keep track of all of your travel during your time in the UK! The ILR application requests details (dates and countries) for EVERY absence from the UK during your 5 yr visa period – if you’ve done a lot of travelling in that time you might find it really hard to keep track and get the dates right!

  139. Hi Lauren,

    Point 1 isn’t exactly true, I entered the UK 38 days after my visa started and IRL was fine/approved. With the BRP cards you do need to enter within 28 days of your visa start date to collect the actual visa so hopefully, most people are entering as soon as possible to avoid the cost.
    Totally agree with point 2 🙂 I have been keeping a spreadsheet for year, if anyone is interested here is a copy I created https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16fYqBw5_TdSW-tSAKfY2vm-4RQGHcpNYYgrbgw3rYq0/edit?usp=sharing

  140. Hi Kat. I’m planning to apply for an ancestry visa for me and my kids. Once all our visa’s are approved, Can I travel ahead in-order to settle down and they can join me later or will their visa’s become null and void due to the 28 day travel lapse once their visa’s were granted?

  141. Hi Ian,
    If your children don’t travel with you then you would need to get another vignette in their passports to enter the country. I am not exactly sure the process for picking up children visas but I assume they will need to be present or you to have their passports. Additionally, this could impact you getting indefinite leave to remain in 5 years time. I would recommend that they at least enter the country to get their BRP cards which would also start their 5 years.

  142. Thanks so much for you advice Kat!

  143. Hi Kat. Thank you for this clear and informative blog. I found this and your break down of the application super helpful! I have my biometrics appointment on Thursday and I’m going through all my documents and hoping I have everything they need. This may be a silly question, but do I need to go get passport photos taken prior to my appointment to then stick on my application? Or is the photo they take at the biometric appointment what they use?

  144. Hi Kat
    Can you apply for ancestral visas in two stages, my hubby and daughter will arrive first (the end of this year as she would have matriculated in Dec) so they will come across and set up, hes buying a business, she will find her feet before university in the September 2020, my boys and i will only come across end of 2020 or at least by the September so they can start the new school year, how do we do the application then, can we apply for ours next year or do we all apply together, ive looked for information but i cant find anything on this.
    Thank you

  145. Hi Nicole,
    Passport photos are no longer required, they take the photo at the appointment as a part of the biometric process.

  146. Hi Kirsty,
    Who is the person eligible for the ancestry visa? If it’s you then you are the sponsor for your family and it will be linked to your application. If it’s your husband then you will be linked to his visa.
    As I understand dependent visas the time on the visa is linked to the time on the sponsor’s visa so if you and your boys apply in 2020 then yours/their visa would only be 4ish years. This means you will have to apply for an extension in 2024 which will be another couple of thousand pounds before they can apply for IRL. Whereas your daughter and husband will able to switch over to IRL in 5 years.

  147. Hi

    The person eligable is my Hubby so we will go on his visa as dependants, so even though there is a cost are we able to apply a few months later even if he is over there and has his ancestral visa?


  148. Hi Kirsty,
    I don’t have anything I can reference to confirm what I am saying so you would need to speak to someone that knows immigration law. This is all based on what I have heard so should not be taken as official advice. It’s good that it is your hubby if he is the one planning on setting up your life in the UK. I have had other people say that they have added dependants after their visa was approved like a few months to years down the track. If this is the case then there would be no issues you coming over separately – as you would need his visa and stuff to support your application he would need to go back to your home country when you apply.

    What I was trying to explain about cost is if you plan on staying in the UK then those who don’t come with your hubby will not be there for 5 years as the time is linked to the sponsor’s visa. i.e. say he applied today then the visa will be from 20/02/2019 and expired on 20/02/2024. Your visa would then expire on 20/02/2024 as well.
    Basically, it would look like these costs (based on 2019) for you and your boys:
    1x ancestry for 4ish years £2,500
    1x ancestry extension £2,800 – basically this is where you will be spending more money and at risk with the IHS fees going up.
    1x Indefinite Leave to Remain – £2,898


  149. Hi Kat, I can’t seem to find any information on the length of time I can request for a vignette transfer. Right now I have 28 days from my visa start to date to enter UK and collect me BRP. What if I want to enter a new visa start date, can I do this for later in the year (6 months later) or even the beginning of next?

  150. Hi E,
    As I understand it’s the same length as the application process so 3 months but I have never applied for one. If you start filling in the application it should offer you date range you can choose from, maybe start one and see?

  151. Hi Kat,thanks for your reply. I started the application for vignette transfer, in the date of intended travel box, the furthest date I was allowed to select was 6 months from today. so that settles it. it says at the bottom of the page however, “This visa is to request the transfer of a valid UK visa/entry clearance into a new passport.” to clarify i’m using the same passport just a later date (unsure still- haven’t submitted) just wondering if anyone else has done this?

  152. Hi Kat, wow, so glad to find this article. Thank you! We are in a similar situation as Lisa who posted on 27 Nov 2018 in that we are only planning to stay for 6 or so months and the cost is enormous, particularly after the recent price hike (which we had no idea was coming) – 5 years of IHS at 400GBP per year is 4000GBP for 2 of us. I haven’t seen anything about being refunded the IHS charge if you leave early – can you post the link to that info?
    Also, my partner had ILR from around 20 years ago, do you have any info of the likelihood of this being reactivated, since it has been lapsed for so long? The requirements of showing a ‘close tie’ to the UK seem quite vague.

  153. Hi Sally,
    You can read about the refunds here: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/refunds. I am not sure how successful applications for refunds have been for people or whether anyone else has tried.
    You could look into IRL E but not sure whether it would be granted after 20 years – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/entry-clearance-vignettes-ecb09/ecb09-entry-clearance-vignettes-types-safeguarding-and-validity#ecb96-indefinite-leave-to-enter-ile-and-indefinite-leave-to-remain-ilr. I don’t really know enough about it to comment, it might be worth having a consultation to see whether he can get it reactivated.

  154. Hi Leroy, please advise if you managed to get past the “sponsor” section on the dependant visa successfully?

  155. Hi Kat,
    I would like to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa but can’t find my Grandfather’s birth certificate! I’ve tried the General Records Office by email and by phone, FreeBDM.com, Scotland’s People (just in case he’s Scottish) and Ancestry.com. He is definitely British and I have his WW1 military service records which state his place of birth as Paddington, London so I’ve also tried the relevant County Council in London which do hold physical records of births but only after 1907 (he was born in 1896) before which you are referred back to the GRO. I’m at a dead end. The crazy thing is that I’ve had the Ancestry Visa before in 1992! So have I stupidly lost a birth certificate or did I not even require one back then? So I also tried applying for a Subject Access Request which allows you access to previous application paperwork but can’t fulfill the application requirement of getting an authorised person to confirm my I.D as I’m not in the UK though they say foreign nationals can access the service! Sooooo, can you confirm that my visa application will be rejected outright without the birth certificate as I’d prefer not to waste the $900. Secondly, can you recommend an emigration service that could help me navigate these issues as the UK Visas help service is a waste of time.
    Thanks and regards, Ian

  156. Hi Ian,
    Oh no! That sucks big time. The rules do change so I am not sure what the difference from 1992 to now would be. So in this document, it says https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/576708/UK-Ancestry-v16.pdf can provide proof that one of their grandparents was born in the UK and islands (Guernsey, Jersey or Isle of Man), the Republic of Ireland before 31 March 1922, or on a British-registered ship or aircraft. Therefore you would need something to prove he is related to you. I would avoid places like 1st contact, the reason being when I used them while applying they were telling me the birth certificate I had was fact and just seemed to be non-lawyer looking at my application. I don’t have any personal recommendation, I would just go around have a consultation and prices check. Some options:

    I will see if there is anything else I can find that is helpful tracking his birth certificate down.


  157. Hi Kat!
    I am in the UK on a outh Mobility visa.
    I am heading back to Melbourne in May to apply for the Ancestry Visa.

    I am wondering if you know if payslips are enough ‘proof of money to support yourself’ as all my money will go on my visa.
    I have been here almost 2 years (In the UK) and have had a job since November 2017.
    I have a letter from my employer stating my income position and all the important details.

    Do you think the Pay-Slips are enough?
    Or do you think I should print my statements anyway with my money in it even though its going to be gone once i apply for the visa?
    Another idea:

    Living in the UK with my non married partner we have a joint bank account with savings in it. Should i include bank statements from the UK even though it will have both our names on it? will that confuse things?

    Thank you for this blog post !!!

  158. Hi Jack,

    A bit more information than you asked but more is better even if you already have this covered. Please note that I haven’t switched for Youth Mobility to Ancestry so this is based on other people’s experience.

    For the application questions:
    • Main address while staying in the UK: Your current home address in the UK
    • Current visa information: You need to say that you’re on a T5 visa with the start date & expiry date. They then ask whether you have travelled to the UK in the last 10 years, your arrival and departure date, and your purpose of the trip. Obviously, as you are in the UK you have not yet departed, and they do not give you the option to pick a future date – only a past date or the date of the current day.
    Some people have put the date of the current day as you need this to complete the application and book your biometrics appointment. They then noted my actual departure date and why they had basically lied about it in the notes section at the end of the application and on a separate letter that they placed with my supporting documents. – I’ve not done this, so it’s based on other peoples notes.
    • Permanent residential address: Again this is based on other peoples experience, put your parents or friends address in your country which is the address you want your documents sent back to. For the contact number, you can just give a UK cell phone number or a family/friends phone number.
    You then can something like residing at that address for 1 month and then again in the notes section and on the separate letter explained that this was why you used that address and that you would be living there while your visa was being processed however your true address was the UK address you have previously given.
    • Current employment status: Put all the details for your UK job including my work number and email.
    • Friends and family in the UK: They ask you whether you know anyone in the UK and obviously you would since you’ve been living there. Put down some close friend details
    • Receiving medical treatment: Unless you’ve been in the hospital or had other long-term treatment in the UK, just say no! They ask you too many details about the treatment so if you’ve just been to the Dr a few times, don’t bother at all! – please note that this is your choice what you put for this.
    • Job arranged in the UK: Put all the details of your current role and put the start date as the date you intended to return to work after receiving your approved visa. You can write an explanation in the notes and the separate letter explaining that you are continuing in the role you already have, that you have taken annual leave to apply for the visa and the start date you have put as your return date after annual leave.

    For the evidence
    • Typed and signed supplementary information letter where you explained by actual departure date from the UK, your present address is in the UK and that you were employed already and taking annual leave.
    • Confirmation of employment letter signed by your HR Manager which stated your job title, start date and salary. – which you have already
    • Copies of your offer of employment letter and current contract.
    • Photocopies of your last three payslips to prove your income.
    • Bank statements for all my accounts at your UK bank or where ever the money will be. You do need bank statements and it’s fine if its joint.
    Plus all the evidence for a general ancestry visa.

  159. Kat, your articles are very concise and easy to understand. My question (to which I have been unable to find an answer anywhere and hoping you may have some insight) … my Australian daughter is currently in Canada until November 2019 on a two year holiday/working visa. She wants to apply for a Ancestry Visa (through my father, her grandfather) but does not want to have to come back to Australia to apply for it. Do you know have any idea whether as an Australian citizen who is currently in Canada (also a Commonwealth country) whether she can apply for a British heritage/ancestry visa whilst in Canada? Hoping you have any ideas. Regards, Terry

  160. Hi Terry,
    My friend who was a Kiwi living in Perth when applying was asked a question in the application about if you are applying outside country of nationality. She put that she was a Kiwi living in Aus and this was because she had a visa (i.e. her passport). Therefore based on her experience, I would think it is possible for her to apply in Canada as long as she can prove her residency.
    You can always double check with UKVI to see what they say.

  161. Hi Kat,

    I am considering applying for an ancestral visa but I am unsure how long I want to stay in the UK for. Do you know if I pay for the full 5 yrs for the health surcharge but only end up staying for 3 or 4 yrs would I get a refund etc?

  162. Hi Kat

    First off thank you for an incredible blog! You have really done everyone searching for visa information a great kindness.

    My wife is applying for a UK ancestry visa. Her maternal grandmother was born in the UK and her mother was born in SA but registered as a British citizen. We have original UK birth certificates for my wife’s grandmother and my wife’s mother. The mother’s UK birth certificate has the grandmother’s maiden name and her married name on it- so the maiden name matches up to the grandmother’s own birth certificate.

    Inasmuch as we don’t have the grandmother’s marriage certificate but there is a clear link between the UK birth certificates of the mother and grandmother, do you think this will suffice?

  163. Hi Anna,
    You can read about IHS refunds here: https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/refunds. Basically it says you will not get a refund if…
    your visa application is successful but you do not come to the UK
    you leave the UK before your visa ends, for example, to make a new application
    you’re told to leave the UK before your visa expires
    you’re applying for indefinite leave to remain or change to another visa where you do not need to pay the IHS

  164. Hi Kush,
    For my application, I only provide my birth, my mum’s and granddad’s birth certificate. I did get the marriage certificates but was told I didn’t need them as the heritage was easily trackable via the birth certificates.

    In this document https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/576708/UK-Ancestry-v16.pdf it says the applicant may include the marriage certificates of parents and grandparents – this is not always required because ancestry can be through the legitimate or illegitimate line: this means the parents and/or the grandparents do not need to be married.


  165. Hi Kat

    I have recently applied for Ancestry for my self my hubby and two kids all under my ancestral ties.When doing the application only part of the NHS WAS ASKED FOR (for my dependents) mine was paid in full) i received an email saying my passport and documents are been sent back at a decision has been made..Does this mean we dint get the visa as 1) THE Balance of my dependants nhs was not asked for..
    If we have been rejected can we re apply or appeal?
    We applied from zimbabwe.
    Another thing is we were asked to submit copies of everything and not originals.

  166. Hi Kat,

    My boyfriend of 6 years can apply for the Ancestry visa since his Grandma was born in the UK but we’re wondering if I can apply under that same Ancestry visa. We’re considered Common Law in Canada but not sure if we’re considered partners in the UK. We both intend to work while we’re there.


  167. Hi Liz,
    Yes, that’s fine as long as you can prove you have been living together/ having a relationship for the last two years.

  168. Hi Kim,
    I am not sure in the case where NHS fees were not requested. It is meant to be for each applicate. You will just have to wait for the applications to be returned to decide what to do from there.
    Yes – there is an appeals process for visa applications.

  169. Hi Kat, I am British, my son was born in South Africa in 1969, he’s been told he cannot obtain an Ancestral Visa if he was born before 1983. I’m puzzled as it doesn’t specify age anywhere on the gov.org website or in your article. Can this be right? Thank you.

  170. Hello Kat,

    Thank you for the very thorough article! Unfortunately, I’m still stuck on this point from the official documentation:

    “You can claim ancestry if either you or the relevant parent … were born within or outside marriage in the UK.”

    My grandfather was a full British citizen, but married my Canadian grandmother in Canada, and my father has never claimed any citizenship beyond Canadian. Do you believe this makes me ineligible for the ancestry visa?

    Many thanks,

  171. Hi Philip,
    My mum never claimed her British citizenship and my application was totally fine. As long as your grandfathers’ documents show that he is British and meet all the requirements your application will be fine.

  172. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I appreciate it! 😄

  173. Thank you, that’s perfect. You have been so helpful.

  174. Hi Kat,
    Hi from Perth. Well done on an excellent site and the help and advice that you have been giving people. I have read through the blog and every comment.I did learn a few things thanks.
    My questions:
    1) The Bank Statements are all online statements sent to me every month by email, when I print them they state “Electronic Statement” at the top and although the Bank logo is on the page, the bank address does not appear. So I gather from the previous replies that these are not acceptable unless either, each page is stamped by the bank or a letter from the Bank Manager is provided verifying the the documents are authentic. Is this correct?
    2) When we go for our VFS appointment I gather that they will take our passports and send them to Manila. Must I provide 2 return envelopes (A5, trackable) one for my wife’s application and one for mine?
    Once again thank you for all of your patience and persistence in helping and assisting people. We all really appreciate it.
    Robin & Jenny

  175. HI Kat,

    I qualify for an Ancestry visa and have all the docs. I’ve been accepted at a UK uni for grad school. Prefer not to work immediately, but in a couple of years, this program will require a practicum. Some websites talk about studying under this visa, some only mention working, and some mention both – any info on this? (Really appreciate all your details)


  176. Hi Ghislaine,
    It shouldn’t be a problem that you are studying on Ancestry. The only thing is that you would be paying international fees (no benefits from the gov) and housing yourself but you would be able to work more than the other students if you choose to.

    You can always ask the uni as they tend to help students with the visas. Admittedly they would know more about student visa but still, this wouldn’t be a rare case that this happens.

  177. Hi Kat,

    This is a great article, and very helpful.

    My boyfriend and I would like to start the ancestral visa application, I would be the main applicant and my boyfriend is a unmarried dependent applicant. In regards to the financial requirements, are we able to show funds available to us using both our accounts or do they only allow the main applicants account as part of the application?

    Thank you for this helpful article and any guidance you can provide on my query.


  178. Hi, I’m almost done with my ancestry visa application, and I’m also completing my husband’s dependant application. They both ask questions about income, savings, expenses, etc. and I can’t figure out if it’s better to write the total amount on both applications or split up all the totals so my application would show half the rent, half the air tickets, half living expenses, half our bank account. We have joint everything and think of our finances that way instead of each person splitting it down the middle.

  179. Hi Lucy,
    This is just what I would do – I have never done a dependant application so I would seek other advice if you are not sure. For example, Voyage can help and discuss these on a case by case basis. Please contact info@voyagerelocations.com call 0203 170 8848 (I haven’t used this service).

    For income, I would put your own salaries and own evidence for this. Savings – if it’s a joint account then put the total put explain that your husband has x application so this would support both of you. For living expenses, I would split out half as you mentioned. You should have the fee breakdown of your flight so I would put the cost of your flights each – if that happens to be half fine.

  180. Hi Meg,
    You need to provide both funds in the application – as far as I understand. The dependants should provide everything but the evidence to the grandparent plus your relationship info.

  181. HI Kat

    Is it possible to spend more than 180 days out of the UK in the first year , on a UK ancestral Visa ? ( for various reasons)
    In years 2 , 3 , 4 & 5 we will not spend more than 180 days per year, out of the UK .
    This means that we would not be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in our 6th year
    is it possible to extend our visa for a further 1(one ) year , to make up for our 1st year ?
    If so , how much would it cost and and could we then apply for ILR at the end of our “7th” year ?
    Many thanks

  182. Hi Kat,

    Thank you for this article, very informative.

    My partner and I will be moving to work in the UK for around 1 year this coming September. He has a straightforward application since he qualifies for the Youth Mobility VISA, however I have already carried a YMV, and it fairly explicitly states that you cannot apply for a second YMV if you have already had one.. bummer.

    I do, however, qualify for an Ancestry VISA as two of my grandparents were born in the UK, and married there. My question is: is there any option to apply for only say a 2 year UK ancestry VISA rather than for the full 5 years? I am hoping to avoid a chunk of money going unnecessarily to health care surcharges considering we are only planning on staying 2 years at the absolute maximum. Or, the UK Ancestry VISA only ever granted for the full 5 years?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


  183. Hi Doug,
    You would need to apply for an extension if you go over the 180 days in your first year. There is only 5-year extension so it would be basically another ancestry visa.
    At the current 2019 cost, this would set you back £5,200 per person but the cost generally goes up each year. When I was looking at ILR in 2015 it was £1,800 and now in 2019, it’s basically £2,400. Ancestry extensions are 5 years worth of NHS charges plus the current visa price of around £800. I can find you the links if needed.

  184. Hi Dorothy,
    See this article https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/refunds it states you will not get a refund if you leave the UK before your visa ends. Additionally, there is no option I am aware to have an Ancestry visa issued for less year but you could check with an immigration advisor.

  185. Thank you so much. That makes sense. I’ve heard so many different things. One more thing, my husband’s dependent visa asks about UK sponsorship. He already has a job so I put his employer in the job section. But for person do I just put myself and indicate ancestry visa?

  186. Sorry one more thing! Is it ok in the accommodation section that I just put my employer’s address? They are fine with this and will help us find lodging after the visa application is approved. I know I could book a refundable hotel for our projected arrival date but we’ll be bringing two cats as well. We’ll also have plenty in savings to cover many months of rent. Thanks!

  187. Hi Lucy,
    UKVI isn’t going to be aware that you are bringing two cats with you so I wouldn’t see booking a temporary hotel an issue. If I was someone reviewing the application I would find it weird that there is a company address stated as a place you were living at and question why. That’s just my personal view.

  188. Hi Lucy,
    UK Sponsorship on dependent visa generally relates to the spouse or parent sponsoring that person. Unless you are applying for a Tier 2 visa which is all about work sponsorship.

  189. Hi Kat. Not sure if you got my first post and question. I’m working through my on line application. When it comes to the section of Basis of Ancestry. The Portal will not allow me to fill in a birth date for my Grandfather earlier than 1889. He was in fact born in 1883. Will this cause a PROBLEM with my application since the online application will have one date but the actual birth certificate provided will have a different birth date?

  190. Hi Stephen,
    You asked on a different article which is probably why you didn’t find my answer. You need to put the 1889 date and then in the additional information state that your grandfather is older than the dates allowed – he was born in 1883. A friend of mine had a similar issue and this is what she was advised to do.

  191. Hi Kat,

    Ugh that’s what I was afraid of. I’ve already submitted the application only because I asked a moderator on the UK Visa subreddit and he said it wasn’t an issue. My biometrics appointment is next week. I didn’t put a title or anything on the accommodation, just an address. Would it be ok to now book a refundable hotel and print the booking to send along with the supporting documents, perhaps with a letter explaining that I didn’t have it until after I submitted the application? Or am I able to make a change to the printed application in pen? It’s so confusing because I have no idea when or if the visa will actually get approved and I can’t book flights or accommodations until I know for sure. So I guess I’ll have to book one now that’s refundable just for the sake of the visa review process, cancel it, then book another when I know the actual dates? I have an air bnb that I want to actually stay in once we get there but I don’t want to book it until I know the right dates. Sorry for so many questions!

  192. Hi Lucy,
    If you have already submitted the application then I would just go along with it. It’s such a minor thing that they would be checking, it’s mainly that you have the funds to support yourself and proving your family history.

  193. Hi Kat,

    I just sent all my supporting documents to New York to be scanned at the hub. I included my Canadian passport and my husband’s current American passport. I also have a current American passport and we both have expired passports that we decided NOT to include because the directions say online to send a valid passport. Since the Canadian one is the one that is allowing me to get the Ancestry Visa, I figured it made sense to send that one and not confuse matters. I have put a detailed travel history on both of our applications and my worry is that by not sending the old and expired passports there is no correlating proof for the travel history. Most of our stamps are in our expired passports. My Canadian passport is new and I haven’t used it yet. I cannot find an answer anywhere online or I keep getting mixed messages. It never says anywhere in the directions to send ALL passports in my possession, expired or current, but I did include those passport numbers in the application. If I need to I can overnight the rest of the passports today. I don’t know what to do!!

  194. Hi Lucy,
    When I applied for mine I needed to send my old passports but when my friend applied she was told by the visa centre not to send it. The visa centre can always ask for more information.

  195. Hi , thanks for all your tips! so helpful.
    I am currently in the middle of the process, filled out the application and saved, just waiting on my Grandma’s birth certificate from the UK as the last bit of paperwork, and then will submit and book my appointment etc to get it submitted.
    The certificate was delayed and now in a bit of a rush to get the Visa all sorted and approved. Do you know at what point you can select a priority service to get a quick turn around on the application?
    secondly, I am slightly confused at what paperwork gets taken from me at the biometric appointment and what gets given back to me straight away. Do they keep my current passport? as I will likely need to travel to NZ whilst the UK Visa is submitted and pending for approval. let me know what your experience was. Thanks heaps.

  196. Hi Josh,
    I just wouldn’t travel until you have your visa.
    Not sure why I can’t find New Zealand on the list even though it’s the company that will take your biometrics etc. The fees for Aus can be found here: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/au/en/premium-services so I was expecting something similar for NZ.
    When you use the link in priority visa service in this article https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-zealand-apply-for-a-uk-visa/apply-for-a-uk-visa-in-new-zealand it will direct you to log in to VFS to pay for the fee.

  197. Thanks Kat, sorry I may have made that confusing. I am in Melbourne and applying for the Visa from here.
    I just wondered whether my trip to NZ (for work) coming up is an issue, if I have a pending UK Visa happening over this time, and even more concerned if they take my passport off me at the appointment and therefore wouldn’t be able to travel whilst the visa is pending. any idea on that?
    thanks for the info re the premium service via the vfsglobal link. Though I am filling out the application through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk, does this mean I am doing the application through the wrong site? just confused with these multiple websites. thanks again.

  198. Ah sorry I misunderstood. I still wouldn’t apply with a trip pending and wait until you’re back. Yes, they take your passport unless you pay to keep it.

    You fill in your application here: http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
    Then you book your biometrics appointment here: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/au/en/

    VFS Global are just the company in Aus hired to process the visa so you will have dealings with them during the applications and all add ons are via them.


  199. thanks again. Last question, I am on the vfs global site about to purchase the premium service and book the appointment, however at the start of the process there is a ‘details’ page, where it asks for my location, which is Australia, then the application center, which is Melbourne, and then in the drop down box for ‘visa type’ i cannot find ancestry! is it a ‘work permit’? or ’employment’? there is no Ancestry option?

  200. Hi Josh,
    It’s generally under non-points based visa option.

  201. Thanks – very strange as there is no non-points based visa option, or any ancestry option on the VFS website – just frustrating when its hard to get in touch with them to ask what the visa type should be. anyway, again thanks for all your advice.

  202. Hi Jamie, I am having the same issue as you, any idea what the visa type should be for UK ancestry via the VFS site?

  203. Weird. Let us know what your results are!

  204. So I ended up sending all my old passports, just to be safe, and I got a confirmation from the UKVI Scanning Hub in New York that the two separate packages were matched together, so five passports total along with all the supporting documents.

    But THEN, I started panicking again because the instructions given to me from UKVI for sending the printed application indicated that I should only send the first page, which I did, but other people online were saying I should send the entire printed application. So I ended up sending that as well just because I was paranoid, and it got there on Thursday morning. Yesterday, on Thursday afternoon, I got an email from the scanning hub telling me that I did not included a return shipping label OR a current passport. I started freaking out and replied that I had indeed sent both of those things. But then I realized, that hopefully, maybe this email was about the third package I sent that only contained the printed applications, which I didn’t include a shipping label or passports because I had already sent them a couple weeks before.

    This morning, I got an email from Sheffield saying a decision has been made. I am just really worried that they are basing this off of the one printed application I sent this week and not the piles of supporting documents I had already sent. I’m so nervous! Also, in the email I got telling me that i didn’t include a passport, they instructed me to please send one within 5 days, so if that was the case, they would have waited until they received it before a decision was made, right?

  205. I felt a bit stressed reading this. Did you passports make it earlier than the application?
    In my experience, the UKVI doesn’t make a decision that fast so your latest post is probs sitting in a mailroom waiting to be processed. They most likely made it based on the evidence you already have sent so, therefore, I would wait for the letter confirming the decision and have a nice glass of wine! Sounds like you need it :).

  206. Hi Kat, we are currently on a tier-5 youth mobility visa. We are wanting to start our application for our Ancestry visa and are having trouble finding the right link to apply for it, are we able to apply for this from the UK?

  207. Sorry, didn’t want to make you feel stressed too! Yes the passports made it well before I sent a (full) copy of the application. The passports arrived with the first page of application only a couple weeks ago. And everything I sent had detailed cover letters with reference numbers explaining I had already sent other packages. Passports are arriving Tuesday according to tracking number. Yes I can’t wait to have that wine. Thank you so much for all your guidance!

  208. Hi Blair, As I understand you to apply from your home country as there is no option to apply from the UK on the visa4UK website.

  209. Hi Lucy,
    Then I would def say that the application decision was made on the previous information, plus they have access to your full application.

  210. Hi Kat:
    This may seem a strange question but when I get to the “How do you qualify for UK Ancestry” I put in Grandmother, but for the other details do I put in my details of name, DOB etc. or my grandmothers details. If it is the latter I have a problem as she was born in 1888 the system only allows me to go back to 1889.

  211. Hi Tim,
    This happened to one of my friends, all she did was put the DOB with the year it went up to and then wrote in the additional comments that the field didn’t provide the dates, then just add some commentary about when your grandma was born.

  212. Hi Kat. Thanks for your very helpful articles. I am about to lodge my ancestry visa application and will then travel on standby flights to the UK (so I can book them at the last minute). I’d like to travel as soon as my visa is granted and so would like to put my intended date of travel quite early as I understand this is fixed and I cannot travel before this date. I can see the visa processing guide states that some applications are processed in under 15 working days so I was thinking of putting my intended travel date about 8-10 working days after I lodge my application, just in case I get the visa quickly. Do you have any experience with this/ think this is allowed? Thanks so much

  213. Also having this issue as I’ve been redirected to VFS global via the uk.gov application process. Does anyone have an answer to this? There are a hundred options and none of them are, Jaime mentioned, UK Ancestry or Non-Points Based. Extremely frustrating and so far VFS has been of no help whatsoever.

  214. Hi Andrew, Is there an employment option/s?

  215. Oh wow you answered so fast, thank you! Yes I selected “employment” to move forward in hopes of finding the next step and going back to change it necessary, as VFS is taking an extremely long time to reply to my messages. They are, from all I’ve been able to gather online and anecdotally, an awful institution to deal with. I wish I’d read this post before applying as the visa4uk route sounds much better than applying directly through http://www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa. Unfortunately there’s no way to cancel my application after getting to the biometrics booking stage through VFS without waiting 6+ weeks for the application fee/IHS payment refund. Doesn’t help to provide convincing evidence of financial security when you’re suddenly out an extra £2500. To make matters worse, I’m now unable to access my application through their site to book my appointment; whenever I try I get stuck in a login feedback loop which makes my application/booking page inaccessible. I’ve tried deleting all history, cookies, using four different browsers on three separate computers with the same results every time. Extremely frustrating, though I’ve learned elsewhere that so long as you have the pdf of your gov.uk application and all supporting documents you can walk-in to apply (for an extra fee, of course). As I’m on vacation for a week Monday it’ll have to wait. Will keep you posted on how it goes when it happens.

    Actually if it’s alright by you maybe I could contact you afterwards and share the whole of my experience with you? I’ve learned quite a bit through all of this so far and think I have some extra details that could be of help to other people who could really use them, this platform seems like it’s helped tons of people…your reach is already farther than mine could be. Oh and I’m applying from western Canada by the way.

  216. Hi Andrew,
    I was wondering when the UK Ancestry visa finally switched over the new service so your choice was right. I had that too with my another one of my UK visa applications! Just never was able to log back in. It’s a frustrating and expensive process! I would love to hear your feedback and make this resource better!

  217. What if I don’t have my fathers birth certificate but I have the marriage certificate stating my grandfathers details

  218. Hi Maxwell, I would recommend getting a copy of the birth certificate. I have included links in the post on how to go about it.

  219. Hi Kat, very comprehensive article! Love your work. You mentioned that you cancelled your application the first time you applied? I am feeling a bit anxious as I did my biometric appointment before collating my supporting documents. The earliest I can send my supporting documents in the post is about 13 days after my biometrics (waiting on birth cert from UK). This is after the said five days I was told. Do you suggest I cancel (if possible) and reapply? Or do you believe my application would only be delayed (and not rejected). Cheers!

  220. Hi Sarah, I never cancelled my application. Cancelling means you will lose the £500 application fee and it would be 6 weeks for the IHS refund to come through. I would look at delaying your appointment until you have your evidence. I am not sure if it would be rejected or not.

  221. Hi Kat,
    Great article, and I learnt alot even though I have spent many hours trawling the gov.uk website when we did my wifes ILR & Citizenship (she is South African).

    We are now looking to get my father-in-law over here based on his grandmother being born in Lverpool. I have got her birth certificate from GRO, but getting his parents and grand parents marriage certificates from SA could be a 6-8month process (and he’s currently living in a back packers).

    I have seen quite a bit above about sponsorship, which I wasnt aware could be done under an ancestry visa, but if this is the case, considering he hasnt been able to get work in SA for some months, can I just provide 3 months of my UK bank statements showning I have funds to suport him along with a covering letter? He will be living with us anyway, and we currently send money to him weekly to pay his accomodation and food.
    Thanks in advance….

  222. Hi Neil,
    Is the ancestry line clear from the birth certificates so you track through his birth certificate, his parent and grandparent? Mine was easy to track so I didn’t provide marriage certificates. You could use a visa checking service like Britbound who can confirm the documentation as well.
    The sponsorship just applies to the fact that you will be providing funds/ support etc when they move to the UK so yes you can do it that way. I would prove savings accounts and normal bank accounts to prove that you have both the income and savings to support him.

  223. Hi Kat, thanks for your reply.
    At the moment the only document we have is his grandmothers birth certificate which I got from GRO here in the UK. The problem is, its his mum’s mother, so they will most liekly need marriage certificates to match up the surnams to the maiden names.
    Providing proof of a job offer and savings etc isnt so much an issue. Its more the waiting for the certificates and and ensuring we have 3 months of ‘savings’ to show as while we are waiting he is not living in the best conditions.
    My plan is to fly over and help him with the application once we have everything in place as I feel pretty confident doing it myself after the years of applications we did for my wife.

  224. Makes sense. Sounds like you have it all covered!

  225. Hi Kat, very helpful page! I just have a question on the BRP (i’m applying from Perth, Australia). I have submitted my Ancestry Visa application, and it is now stalled on the BRP collection. My assigned collection location is empty. Do i need to wait for a collection location to be assigned before my application can progress further? If so, how long does that usually take? Is there something i should be proactively doing to keep this process moving. Thanks!

  226. Hi Lauren,
    BRP collection happens in London or UK (depends on where you plan to fly into) not Perth. Did you choose a UK location?

  227. This is an extremely useful post! Thank you for sharing it.

    I’m apprehensive about the “where are you staying” part. Does this mean the hotel/airbnb that I’ll use a base camp for the first week, or do I actually have to have a flat booked?

  228. Hi Kat, no i wasn’t able to (not for BRP anyway. I have provided the location where i intend to live in the UK in my application). In order of steps to be completed, the application has been completed, the declaration has been signed, next step is the BRP collection location and then to book an appointment, but it seems i can’t move on to the book appointment unless the BRP is completed, but i can’t seem to complete anything, nor have they given me a location (based on my UK info i completed). I have applied through the visa4UK website, and am wondering if this location is provided only when the pre-approval is granted?

  229. Hi Carly, I just booked accommodation that I could cancel. It doesn’t have to be long term accommodation – just where you might stay when you first arrive. Kat

  230. Hi Lauren, sounds like there is a glitch in the system. You need to choose a BRP location – it’s not based on the address you intend to live in the UK. Basically, you choose a post office you will pick up the card during the application process. You will then get a letter when your visa is approved that, that’s your BRP location you choose in the application.
    Australia still uses the visa4UK but they are transferring to the new system. I did check last week and it hadn’t changed for Aus yet.

  231. Thanks so much!

  232. Hi Kat, all sorted! Was an oversight on my part. I didn’t realise it had to choose the location, i was expecting one to be given. haha All done! Now unfortunately, i am stuck on trying to make the appointment. It appears there’s no appointment available in Perth. Will need to do a walk in i guess. This whole process is certainly very tedious! I must say though that your website has been VERY helpful so far, so thank you! 🙂

  233. Hi Lauren,
    When my friend applied in Perth she walked in and they released a new set of appointments she could book from so maybe you can do that?

  234. Hi Kat

    This Blog has been super helpful. I am looking at applying for UK ancestry Visa and the dependant Visa , my husband being the main applicant . Just question where do you go on the website to apply for the dependant visa? is it a separate application or part of his one I’m applying from New Zealand

  235. Hi Kirsten,
    NZ they still use the visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and it is a separate application. You just choose:
    Reason for Visit: Work
    Visa Type: Non points-based working visa
    Visa Sub: Dependent more than 6 months

  236. Hi Kat, yeah i was thinking i might just do that instead. Another thing… when i completed the application online, i didn’t take a copy of the completed application. Do i need this to take with me to the appointment or will they be able to access my application with the reference number? So many questions… sorry!

  237. Hi,

    Thank you so much for your assistance. I am having a serious issue with depenency on ancestral Visa. I would like to apply for my husband and I but, don’t know what documentation he needs. Is it the same as mine in terms of birth certificate and passport? My paper work is all in order but, he has the funds in his account. Do I need to transfer the money into my account?


  238. Hi Donya,

    The things that you should think about is how you will prove your relationship as it is a dependant visa. I’ve never done a partnership visa so this is based on other people’s experience and I would look at confirming with UKVI or an immigration lawyer to ensure you get the right information for your circumstances.

    Here is some of the things to think about:
    Bank statements
    Evidence of your partner’s finances (e.g. savings, payslips, etc)
    Evidence of your partner’s immigration permission
    Partner’s passport and BRP (which shows UK Ancestry)
    Evidence of your relationship
    This is very ambiguous. As you are married then your marriage certificate, prove you have been living together for two years. Things like copies of all our tenancy agreements, joint bank statements, insurance certificates plus some vague stuff like joint holiday photos/plane tickets/etc.


  239. Hi there,

    My passport with the 30 day ancestry visa was lost (actually stolen) but I do already have my BRP. I arrived in April 2019. Other than replacing my SA passport with a new one, do I need to worry about anything further i.e. replacing the initial vignette? Will problems occur at a later stage when I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and citizenship thereafter?

    I hope you can help 🙂

  240. Hi Michael,
    The ILR checklist never asked me for the vignette (although I had an old-style visa), it only asks for the BRP card.

  241. Hi Kat

    What happens if my passport is stolen containing my ancestry vignette but I have my BRP already? Would I need to apply for a transfer on top of applying for a new passport or would this not be necessary? After all, it expired after 30 days, no?


  242. Sorry Kat, I didn’t see your reply!

    So you don’t think this will be a problem in the long run?

  243. I don’t think it will be an issue, in the long run, it’s just the entry that allows you into the country. As it so many years away it is hard to see what the rules will be but in my opinion, it would just providing additional evidence of entry and exit. As you won’t have your passport to support it.

  244. Thank you Kat, this is helpful!
    All my best.

  245. Hi Kat,
    i am the main holder of the Ancestry Visa. i was wondering if my wife and my son can apply for leave to remain without me after living in the UK for 5 years? So i mean I would keep going with my ancestral visa (My second one) and they would apply for IDR

  246. Hi Kat,

    My grandmother was born in scotland and my father in NZ (I am Australian born)

    I’m looking at applying for the UK ancestry visa but upon looking at my dads birth certificate NZ has entered in grandmas two middle names the wrong way around and one word spelt with a double “T” instead of one. I’m trying to see if I can get it rectified but if grandma accidentally wrote it incorrectly they won’t update his birth certificate.

    I’m wondering if this will be an issue?

    Also because my grandma got married and my dads surname is different to his mum, do I have to show her marriage certificate as well?

    I’m also worried the marriage certificate will be wrong.

    Thanks, Cass

  247. Hi Andrew, it’s best to speak to an immigration advisor about this. As I understand dependants are tied to you and therefore you leaving for an extended period would impact them but this needs to be checked. Also you would impact your ilr as you would need to live in the UK for another 5 years before your were eligible.

  248. Hi Cass,
    I’m not sure re the spelling mistake. Ideally you want it to be correct.

    I would get a marriage certificate to support it but I also got every document to support my heritage.


  249. Hi Kat,

    I have almost completed the UK ancestry application process but just had one question I figured I’d ask. I have written the financial support letter on behalf of my father (which of course he knows about and will sign and date it) but I am wondering whom the letter should be addressed too. I am applying via VFS and have the appointment already made later next month. Should I be addressing the letter to the “UK Visa and Immigration”, “British Consulate-General 777 Bay Street #2800, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2G2 Canada” OR simply “British Consulate-General”.

    Thank you very much! Your blog has been EXTREMELY helpful.

  250. Hi Cassandra, I would address mine to UK Visa and Immigration (personally). Kat

  251. Hi Kat,
    Brilliant website, can’t thank you enough. I have contacted Britbound and they have been wonderful so thanks for the recommendation. I have my Ancestry Visa interview on Friday and checking and cross referencing that I have all the documentation I need and answered all the questions correctly. If you could please assist with my queries, I am applying for ancestry through my maternal grandmother. My mother re-married after my fathers death and I listed her remarried name on my visa application which of course is different to mine. Do I need her second marriage certificate for proof of her name ? Do I need to show at my visa interview my flight bookings, receipt, accommodation booking, receipt? I have moving to the UK as I have a permanent full time job offer so do I still need to show evidence of employment in my current role i.e. tax returns, payslips? Is three months of bank statements still required / advisable plus evidence of mortgages payments? Thanks in advance. Kind Regards Jo

  252. Hi Jo,
    Can you tell the heritage via the birth certificates and the first marriage certificates? If no, then I would say that you would. Sarah would be able to confirm.

    Re the evidence, that was the latest checklist I received stating the evidence required for UK Ancestry. Does the checklist in your application say something different?


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