What is the UK Ancestry Visa?

An ancestry visa is a visa that will allow a Commonwealth citizen with ancestral links to the United Kingdom to live and work in the UK and to be allowed to bring family members to live with you. An Ancestry Visa offers full freedom to work in the UK, including working as a self-employed person or starting your own business.
 Who is eligible? You will be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa if you meet all of the following eligibility criteria: You are aged 17 and over; You are a Commonwealth citizen; You are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK , Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, or born prior to 31 March 1922  in what is now the Republic of Ireland ; You are able and planning to work in the UK; You are able to satisfy the maintenance and accommodation requirement, ie; you have sufficient funds without recourse to public funds to support and house yourself and any dependants; You can claim ancestry even if either you or the relevant parent were adopted, or born outside marriage in the UK but ancestry cannot be claimed through step-parents.
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