Apply from outside the UK

You must apply online for a UK Ancestry visa before you travel to the UK.

Applying with your family

Your partner and children can apply to join you in the UK. Each family member will need to make their own application to come to the UK as your ‘dependant’.

When to apply

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel to the UK.

Apply online

As part of your online application, you will need to book an appointment at a visa application centre to prove your identity. You’ll have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at your appointment.

The visa application centre may keep your passport and documents while processing your application.

You’ll be told what you need to do when you apply.

Apply online

How long it takes to get a decision

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision within 3 weeks.

Find out how to get your visa decision faster - this depends on where you’re applying from. Check if your visa application centre offers faster decisions and other services.