UK Ancestry visa

5. Extend your visa

You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

You should apply before your current visa expires.


You can also apply to settle in the UK permanently if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years on this visa.

How long you can stay

You can extend your visa for a further 5 years.


You pay:

  • £993 if you apply to extend your visa by post
  • £1,583 if you apply in person using the premium service

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

For example:

Who you’re applying for Apply by post Apply in person
You £993 £1,583
All dependants £993 £1,583

How to extend your visa

You should read the full guidance before filling in the form.

Within the UK you can:

You’ll need to get a biometric residence permit as part of your application.

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for postal applications
  • usually on the same day if you use the premium service

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, eg:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.