One of the most confusing things about applying for visas is the questions in the application and the evidence. What on earth do they expect you to answer and provide!? As it’s such a stressful process I wanted to make sure I could share on the information I entered on my UK Ancestry Visa.

I have taken out the obvious questions in the application and detailed the ones I think will be most beneficial and the supporting evidence. If you have tips or tricks make sure you let me know in the comments below so we can help out more people being sucessful in their applications!

Disclaimer: Please note this information is based on my application and evidence. The article is to help guide you on what to expect question wise and get you thinking of what to prepare. Your answers should be tailored to you and your information ?. If you are unsure about what you should put you should contact the Home Office. Here are some other documents that may be helpful:

For more information about the visa process check out What You Need to Know When Applying for Your UK Ancestry Visa’. 

Disclaimer: This is based on my experience and you should seek professional advice if you are unsure. Go to GOV UK to check if there have been any changes to the visa rule & fees.

Where to Start Your UK Ancestry Visa Application

To apply you need to sign-up to the Visa4UK website, once you’ve signed you will be able to use the account for any visa application or to go back to applications in progress.

I’ve had a lot of questions about whether you should use VFS Global or were they come into the process. VFS Global is just like using a visa service such as VisaFirst and 1stContact. I actually used VFS Global for my Russian visa as they run a few services for different countries. If you wish to go with a visa service to submit your application then they are a company you could choose to use. 

VFS Global do run some of the visa application centres (as a contracted third party) and that’s mainly where they come into the process. This is where you do your biometrics appointment and get your application stamped.

Start an Application

Register an account ASAP. You will be able to see the latest questions! Plus there is an ability to delete your application so you can just start afresh when you are ready to apply.

When you select apply for myself it will ask for your main details and the visa type you would like to apply for, in the photo below are the details you need to enter.

Once you have completed that section you will be presented with a summary screen, to see the questions select ‘go to application’. You don’t need to complete each section in order to see the other sections.

There is that delete button I was mentioning above :).

Now for the Questions and Evidence…

Let’s go through the questions! I have put this in order of the sections within the online application and then added photos from my final application. You will notice that not all questions/answers end on the final application or in the same order so hopefully it all makes sense.

Passport and Travel Information

The Passport and Travel Information section is basically noting down what is stated in your passport or travel document so I won’t break this section down to much.

Is this your first Passport? My answer was no.

Then you need to enter your details of all other passports and travel documents held over the last 10years: Also state any non-documented nationalities you have held. I previous had a child’s passport so I entered these details and also submitted this passport along with my application as evidence.

Are you travelling with anyone? I put no for this answer as I was moving here by myself.

Date of planned arrival in the UK? i.e. when you planned to land in the UK

How long do you intend to stay in the UK? I put 5 years for this answer (the length of the visa).

What is the main address and contact details of where you will be staying whilst in the UK? I put the hostel that I would be staying at when I first arrived. Other options is hotel, Airbnb, friends or family etc.

Example of my application:

An extract from the final application. As you can see these should be pretty easy for you to fill 🙂
Example of the travel dates and purpose of travel section. 
The passport information summary on the application.

Personal Details and Travel History

Personal details covers information like where you live, how long you have lived there and general information. The interesting section is where it covers your travel and criminal history, let’s begin!

Have you been issued any visa for the UK, UK Overseas Territories or Commonwealth Country in the last 10 years? I put no as Australians don’t need visas to visit the UK or Commonwealth countries and I have never had a work visa. If you are country that does then put any visitor or work visas you’ve had here. A quick summary of information you will need if you select yes:

  • Type of visa issued – State the type of visitoror wok visa here
  • Date of Issue – Date of Issue as stated in thepassport or travel document
  • Date of Expiry – Date of Expiry as stated in the passport or travel document. If the passport ortravel document has no date of expiry please enter 01 JAN 2050.
  • Issuing Authority – that authority issued yourvisa i.e. British Embassy, High Commission, Consulate

Have you ever travelled to the UK in the last 10 years? The one and only trip  (technically two entries) I had to the UK was detailed here. You can put up to 5 trips you have had to the UK. I suggest putting latest to oldest dates (just my preference).

Have you made an application to the Home Office to remain in the UK in the last 10 years? I put no for this answer. Unless you have requested for Settlement or any visa like that then you answer will be no.

The application then goes into whether you have be refused entry, deported, elected to leave the UK and any other country. Hopefully you will be able answer no to all these questions.

Have you ever travelled outside your country of residence, excluding the UK, in the last 10years? I listed out all my trips, this needs to be as arcuate as possible. For my most recent application I was given 30 lines however it was a different visa but expect to have between 10 to 30 lines in the application to enter this. Again using the latest to oldest trip order. If you feel like it you can add a spreadsheet detailing your remaining trips but I didn’t provide a spreadsheet with my application Ancestry application.

Have you ever been issued with a UK National Insurance Number? E.g. QQ 123456A Unless you have lived in the UK previously you won’t have a National Insurance Number. If you curious to know more about National Insurance Number I have detailed everything in this article. 

The application then goes into criminal records, whether you are a terrorist and other information around your criminal history. 

Example of my application:

Family Details

Family details is about your mother and father, your relationship status and whether you have children. This section should be a breeze.

For evidence I only provide my mums birth certificate as my dad isn’t linked to my ancestral heritage to the UK. If the birth certificates can tie your ancestral heritage then shouldn’t need a marriage certificate. If linking the heritage isn’t obvious then marriage certificates are a must.

Example of my application:

Employment and Income

What is your total monthly income from all sources of employment or occupation, after tax? WhenI submitted my application I added what currency I was paid in so my answer was: AUD 3000 (for example).

The Type of work undertaken – For this question I just described my field and put IT ProjectManagement.

Do you have any additional paid jobs or occupations? If you have any more jobs add them here.

For evidence I also provided my employment contract to support the employment section.

Income and Expenditure

Do you have savings, properties or other income, for example from stocks and shares?  My answer was no as I didn’t have any income streams. If you do add them here.

How much do you spend each month in GBP(£) on living costs? I actually put this in AUD and not GBP as it was the thing at the time. It’s just a summary of what you spend on rent, bills etc each month converted into GBP.

The questions in the Income and Expenditure section is where people get the most confused. 

For this sections first, work out the total cost of your trip: flights, hotels, meals, train tickets, everything, in the currencies you’re paying in. Then convert to pounds and calculate the total.

Once establish the costs you need to figure out if you are paying for the whole trip or are you getting someone else to support your trip? If someone else is paying then did they buy your plane ticket? Will they be paying for the hotel stay? Are they reimbursing you for what you spend? Convert all that to pounds and add it up.

How much of your total monthly income in GBP(£) is given to family members and other dependents? My answer was no but if your parents or anyone is supporting you add the amounts here.

What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)? I put a combination of my flights, accommodation and expenses for this. If someone is helping you pay for this then only put the amount that you are paying in this section so basically what is this personally costing you. I didn’t provide any evidence for this.

The total amount of money you have for this trip? I just put what my total saving was for this answer, for example, AUD 8000. This was supported by bank statements as evidence.

If you want to know how much to save before moving to the UK, I suggest reading ‘How Much Money Should I Save to Move to the UK?’. You can through all my suggestions out the window and wing it! In that case just have enough to show you can support yourself, I always recommend £1,890 as a minimum. 

The cost of the aeroplane, boat or train tickets? Whatever you ticket cost to get to the UK. If you don’t have a ticket then find the most realistic cost by using Skyscanner etc. Slightly ironic that the advice is don’t book you travel before your visa is approved! I didn’t provide any evidence for this.

The cost of your accommodation? I calculated my first months accommodation cost for this answer. I didn’t provide any evidence for this.

The cost of your living expenses? I estimated this cost, for example, £600. It should cover things like transport, estimated food budget etc. It’s a bit of an odd question. I didn’t provide any evidence for this.

If you want to know the cost of living in London I have you covered! It’s based on my costs living here. 

Is someone other than you paying for all or a part of your trip? If someone is paying for a part of your trip this is where you add this. I didn’t have any one supporting me but having a statement from the person/ money in your account will help support the application (that’s just my personal opinion).

Example of my application:

As you can see in Employment and Income section, not all of my questions I had answered actually ended up on the final version. No idea why or whether this has now changed. 

Family and Friends in the UK

Please enter details of what you plan to do whilst in the UK. My answer was ‘to live and work in the UK’.

Do you have any friends or family in the UK? I didn’t so my answer was no.

Medical Treatment

There is a whole series of questions on whether you have ever received medical treatment in the UK. As someone that never had medical treatment in the UK my answer was no but if you have then put in the relevant information.

UK Ancestry

Finally where you put your heritage and how you qualify for UK Ancestry.

How do you qualify for UK ancestry? Add your relevant grandparents details here.

I provided my granddad’s birth certificate as proof, along side my mums birth certificate as mentioned in an earlier section.

Do you have a job arranged in the UK? You don’t need to have a job lined up to qualify to move to the UK on Ancestry. My answer was no as I didn’t have a job.

For evidence I provided my resume. The GOV UK website states that the evidence can be in the form of job offers you’ve received or a business plan if you’re self-employed.

What is your English Language ability? English is my native language was my answer. If it isn’t just put the level of English you speak (not exactly sure the terminology you should use).

What money is available to pay for your initial expenses such as accommodation and food for yourself and any dependants (if applicable)? My answer was whatever was in my savings account at the time it was just under $8,000. You should add the currency code in front of your answer so the answer should look like AUD 8,000. I also linked this to the same amount I had in the ‘the total amount of money you have for this trip’.

For the evidence I provide 3 months of bank statements to support this.

Example of my application:

The questions in this section have changed a little since I applied, at least it’s less information you need to enter.

Additional Information

Is there any other information you wish to be considered as part of your application? I didn’t have any extra evidence so I put no for this.

Summary of Documentation 

In the bullets below is a summary of all the evidence I provided for my UK Ancestry visa. I go more into detail about how to get grandparents birth certificates and the process inWhat You Need to Know When Applying for Your UK Ancestry Visa’. 

I find lots of threads asking whether the documents must be originals or copies can be supplied. Just to add clarity to this point always provide originals to be safe, don’t worry the documents are returned to you.

  • The printout of your online application.
  • The copy of your biometrics appointment information.
  • Current passport, plus previous passports.
  • Birth certificate.
  • 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).
  • Three months of bank statements showing £1,600 (which was the requirement at the time). I now recommend aligning your savings with Youth Mobility visa requirements which is £1,890 as there is no detailed requirements for UK Ancestry anymore.  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.
  • Resume/ CV (to prove that you can and intend to work in the UK) and you can also include printouts of registration emails from UK job sites e.g. Reed, London Jobs, Indeed.
  • I also included my employment contract to support the employment and finances (not sure if it was necessary, just something else I did include).

Hopefully that has give you some insight into what information you need for your application. Don’t forget you can register an account and see the latest questions! Plus there is an ability to delete your application so you can just start a fresh when you are ready to apply. 

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Hi Kat .
    Please please please help. What visa type and subtype do I apply for when doing my kids visa application forms . I am the main ancestral visa applicant , my kids are 11 and 8 so I can’t use the work option . Please any advise would be appreciated , I am very confused . Regards
    Tarren

  2. This is a great guide, thank you. You talk a lot about adding documents as evidence, I was wondering when/ how you do this? As I’m filling out the questions there isn’t anything asking for evidence, or any fields that will let me upload documents.

    1. Hi,
      You take the evidence to the appointment you attend to support the application. You don’t upload them on the system for UK Ancestry.
      Kat

  3. Hi Kat, thank you so much for such great advice, it has really helped me through this process.
    I have progressed to an appointment for my Biometric Fingerprints etc. I wanted to go through VFS to buy some priority packages, but I can’t identify the Ancestry Visa in their selection of visa type. Did you go through this at all and if so, do you know which type to choose?

    1. Hi Bridie, I’m having the same issue. On another forum I saw someone post that you should use “Employment” as the visa selection type. The closest that I see in there is “UKAD” which is UK Ancestry Dependent, which I imagine would be used if you were bringing children with you. Technically the UK Ancestry visa is a non-points based work visa, so Employment is what I’m going with. Hope that helps!

      Val

  4. Hi Kat. Thanks for great advice.

    In the section for UK Ancestry. I entered my Grandfather’s name on whom our
    application is based. BUT, when I tried to enter his date of birth, the portal would not allow me to enter a date in 1883. It only allows dates after 1889. Do I enter the incorrect date along with the original birth certificate, since there would be an inconcistency in our application?

    1. Hi Stephen,
      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.
      Kat

  5. Question Kate – when you finally submit the online application I assume that is when the appointment calendar appears so I can pick a date and time to bring in all the documentation. I intend to apply 90 days before I need my Ancestry VISA so its filed as soon as possible BUT I have to travel outside of my home Country before I an attend an appointment as I will still need to have my passport. Do you know if you are prompted with an appointment calendar that allows you to pick a date and time a month or so after you apply online? I’m hoping so as I cannot give up my passport until I get back to my home country (Canada). I plan on applying early June but need my passport from late June until July 13th. So the plan was to look for an appointment date and time right after I get back, July 14th …

    1. Hi Dan,
      Why not wait to apply until you get back from your holiday. Firstly your dates out of the country will be incorrect by a month which will be reviewed. It also seems like there is no rush if you are planning to travel in 3 months time so you will still have 2 months for your application.
      Kat

  6. Thanks Kate – here is my dilemma: I must go the USA to finish off some contract work at a University in June and will be coming back to Canada on July 7th (my contract work ends July 5th), that is why I need to keep my passport. This information will be noted in my online Ancestry VISA application. Secondly, and I have been offered a full-time position at a University in the UK and it starts Sep 2nd. So once I am done with my contract work in the USA I can then forfeit my passport as I’ll be back in Canada. I plan on travelling one-way to the UK from Canada Aug 25th to get settled before I commence work. So the thought was apply in June (noting I will be finalizing some contract work in the USA) and then set an appointment up for mid July (when I’m back in Canada) so there is enough time to get the Ancestry VISA approved before Aug 25th travel. Its a tricky one but I don’t want to run the risk of not getting my VISA but Aug 25th… It would not be an issue if I didn’t need to get back to the USA but I have no choice with that need.

    1. Hi Dan, Sorry my name is Kat or Katherine not Kate. If you are concerned then there is a priority service that you can pay for but you shouldn’t be submitting your application with incorrect information as you won’t be able to put dates in advance for your trip.

      Here is the service you can use: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/ca/en/premium-services/priority-visa

      Kat

  7. Hi Kat – my appologizes for typing your incorrect name. I appreciate all the feedback you have provided and may consider paying the added cost for the priority services to escalate my application. Summer is the VISA Centre’s busiest time so I wanted to ensure I get my biometrics appointment earlier enoug to meet the late August travel idea…

    1. Hi Dan, no worries. I think your best option is to pay for the priority service.
      Kat

  8. Hi Kat,
    So i followed all the steps as required and submitted my application. When i try to book my appointment it gives me multiple options like standard,priority,super priority etc … if i select a priority service it tells me to go to the VFSglobal.co.uk website and pay for the service there. However when i go there under the visa type i am unable to find UK ancestry. Any chance u have any idea about that ?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Akhil,
      I got asked this the other day actually. They couldn’t find my recommendation in the drop down, it’s normally non pointsbased visa the UKVI class it as. I didn’t hear back from the others that were contacting VFSglobal re options. The closest would be a work visa.
      Kat

  9. Hi Kat,
    I’m a student that is applying for the Ancestry Visa. I have a job lined up but obviously not the required amount of savings in my bank account so my brother will be my “sponsor” in this regard. Do I provide his bank statement as proof as well as a letter from my university?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Bridgette,
      There is no defined amount of saving – I just recommend aligning to the youth mobility visa as that used to be the minimum a couple of years ago. 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 sponsor’s accommodation and finances. So basically passport/visa’s, bank statement and tenancy agreements or mortgage.
      Re uni – If you are studying then evidence to support this like letter from your university or school and other proofs of studies.
      You can find a lot of your answers here: https://katsgoneglobal.com/applying-for-your-uk-ancestry-visa/
      Kat

  10. Hi Kat, do you know when I go to my appointment in Melbourne, do they take the birth certificates from me? Or will I get them back straight away?

    1. Hi Josh, My friends in Perth got given back their documents on the day so I assume so.
      Kat

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