You can apply if you have a UK Ancestry visa
Check if you meet the requirements for settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’).
You can apply if:
- you’ve been living and working in the UK for 5 years with a UK Ancestry visa
- you’ve spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months of the last 5 years (known as ‘continuous residence’)
If you’re 18 to 64 years old when you apply, you must also:
When your application can be refused
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
- got a criminal record in the UK or another country
- provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office
- broken UK immigration law
Read the guidance on why applications can be refused.
Family members (dependants)
Your partner and any children under 18 can apply at the same time as you if they’re eligible.
Eligibility for partners
Your partner may qualify if all of the following apply:
- they have permission to be in the UK, provided they do not have a visitor visa
- your relationship is genuine
- you intend to live together
- you have enough income to support yourselves and your dependants
- you’re not using public funds
Eligibility for children
Your child can apply if they:
- have permission to be in the UK, provided they do not have a visitor visa
- are not married or in a civil partnership
- will live with you and be supported by you without using public funds
You and your child’s other parent must both be in the UK legally, or currently applying to enter, remain or settle, for the child to be allowed to settle.
Your child can also apply to settle in one of the following situations:
- you’re the child’s sole surviving parent
- you have sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing
- there are serious or compelling family or other considerations, for example you (if you’re settled in the UK) or your child has a serious illness
If your child is over 18, they must either:
How to apply
You can apply online.
After you submit your application you’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and a digital photo (called ‘biometric information’).
Get help using a computer to apply online
You can get help with:
- accessing a computer or the internet
- finding the right information on GOV.UK
You cannot get advice on:
- whether you’re eligible to apply
- what information to put in your application
- an application you’ve already made
|Who’s applying||Apply by post||Apply in person (premium service)|
|All dependants||£2,389 per person||£2,999 per person|
How long it takes
You’ll be told whether your application has been successful within 6 months.
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:
- 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