Eligibility for ancestry visa

The UK Ancestry Visa is a unique opportunity for South Africans with a connection to the UK through their ancestry. If you have a grandparent that was born in the UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Wales), you may be eligible to apply for an Ancestry Visa. This visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to five years, after which you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency).

One of the main benefits of the Ancestry Visa is the ability to live and work in the UK without any restrictions. You can take up employment, start a business, or continue your studies in the UK. This visa also gives you the freedom to travel in and out of the UK as you please, making it an ideal choice for those who want to maintain ties with their home country.

To qualify for an Ancestry Visa, you must meet the following requirements:

    • You must be a South African citizen.
    • You must have a grandparent that was born in the UK.
    • You must be over the age of 18.
    • You must show that you have enough funds to support yourself without relying on public funds.
    • You must provide evidence of your UK ancestry, such as a birth certificate for your grandparent.

If you’re not sure if you qualify for an Ancestry Visa, our free online assessment can help. Simply answer a few questions about your background and we’ll let you know if you’re eligible to apply.

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible, you can start the application process. Our team of experts can help guide you through the process and ensure that your application is submitted correctly. We can also help you gather the necessary documents and provide tips and tricks to increase your chances of success.

Don’t let the opportunity to join your family in the UK slip away. Start your Ancestry Visa application today and discover the benefits of living and working in the UK!

The UK is known for its strong sense of heritage and pride in its ancestry, and this is reflected in the government’s policies on birth rights. The British government recognizes birth rights for South Africans with a maximum of three generations of ancestors born in the former British colonies or the UK.

If you are a South African national and believe you may have a claim to UK birth rights, we offer a free birth certificate assessment to help determine your eligibility. Our assessment covers different scenarios including applicants born in the UK, parent born in the UK, grandparent born in the UK, great grandparent born in the UK, step family born in the UK, and adopted family born in the UK.

In addition to our assessment, we also provide information and services related to birth certificates required for the Ancestry Visa, and explanation of ancestry dependents. If you are unsure which option applies to you, we encourage you to take our online assessment or to reach out to us for further assistance.

In terms of the UK birth rights, the British government have made provision for a claim from a maximum of 3 generations (for adults). In cases where relatives have been born in former British colonies (and not only the UK), we have put together a page to explain colonial birth rights.

Please try our free birth certificate assessment below if you are looking to claim UK birth rights.

Free Birth Certificate Assessment

To help explain the provisions available to adult applicants (applicants over the age of 18 years old), we have put together the following pages:

We have quick links to the following products and services available:


Birth certiciates required for the Ancestry Visa.

Ancestry dependents explained.

If you are not sure which option best applies, please try our quick and easy online assessment. Alternatively we encourage interested applicants to contact us.

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