You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if all of the following are true:

How long it will take

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Find out about paying for a faster decision.


A UK Ancestry visa costs £516.

Healthcare surcharge

You may also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK for 5 years on this visa.

Applying to stay longer in the UK

If you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years on this visa, you may be able to either:

What you can and cannot do

You can:

You cannot:

  • change (‘switch’) into this visa if you came to the UK on a different visa
  • get public funds