This page caters for South African applicants that have a UK born grandparent. Either through direct biological descent or through registered adoption. Unfortunately, birth rights cannot be claimed through step family.

When you compare this UK ancestry visa to all the other UK visas that the British government have made available, one can conclude that this is the best UK visa on the market.

This visa is issued for an initial 5 year period. Most employment visas only offer a standard 3 year period. Therefore, the initial duration of validity is great.

The cost of the visa, compared to other employment visas, is cheaper. You can take a look at our UK visa fee page to confirm this.

This means that this visa is issued for longer than most employment categories, and costs less than other employment visas.

This visa is such a winner in our books.

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Alternatively, please try our free birth certificate assessment below if you are looking to claim UK birthrights.

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Granting birth right entitlement works as followed:

Being born in the UK (by British parents) automatically grants British nationalization.
– Having a British born Parent entitles the child to claim “British citizenship through decent”.
– Having a British born Grandparent entitles the grandchild to claim “Ancestral visa rights“.


The UK Ancestry visa is granted to South Africans (Commonwealth nationals) that have a  grandparent that was born in the UK (United Kingdom). This birthright is offered to applicants looking to work (and live) in the UK.

This means that South Africans can claim their Ancestral working rights. The Ancestral visa itself is issued for 30 days, once you have been issued the visa you need to get to the UK within those 30 days to collect your Biometric Residence Permit from the local post office. This permit grants multi-entry permission with no employment or study restriction. This gives South Africans the freedom to easily travel whilst working in the UK.

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As previously mentioned, applicants grandparents need to be born in the UK.

    • South Africans have to be of legal independent age (over 18).
    • South Africans have to show intent to be productively active in the UK.
    • South Africans have to present proof of supporting funds.
    • South Africans have to show accommodation and travel arrangements.


In case you were wondering, this 5 year UK ancestry visa, allows for the main applicant to bring dependents (married like partner and minors) with them. The main applicants family dependents are granted the same settlement visa rights (the right to freely live, work and study in the UK).

There are two more benefits I wish to add. The first relates to the minimum qualifying criteria. Often applicants worry about minimum education level or minimum entry-level position in order to qualify for this visa. This UK ancestry work visa does not have any discrimination in terms of education or proposed work.

The second relates to the ability to earn British nationality. Applicants with the UK ancestry visa (main applicant or their family dependents) can earn British nationality (and get British passports). To do so, applicants have to live continuously in the UK for 6 years.


Currently the UK Ancestral visa costs GBP405* (last uploaded in Sept 2016). On average the Ancestral visa costs R8505. To confirm the current price, take a look at the latest UK visa fees.

Please also note: The British government fees are non refundable. This is why Move Up’s service exists. We are here to limit the grounds of dismissal in visa applications to obtain first-time approvals. Giving our clients the Know How to Move Up in the world.


There is no cut off age for the Ancestral visa although the UK’s expected retirement age is 65. Where applicants are over the age of 65, they will need to demonstrate their ability to be productively active.

If an applicant is below 18 years of age, they are still defined as “minors” and therefore qualify to apply as child dependents on their parents’ nationality (assuming their parents have claimed British nationality through descent) and/or visas.

Birthrights cannot be claimed by Great Grandparents. Birthrights are only passed down a maximum of two generations.

The UK (United Kingdom) includes Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Birthrights from other countries (including former British colonies) are not applicable in the UK Ancestral visa.


In order to claim birthrights, applicants have to present birth certificates as well as marriage certificates (if there is a change in surname). For further details about Birth certificates, take a look at our Birth certificate for Ancestral Visas webpage.


What makes Move Up South Africans favourite online consultancy? Perhaps it’s the fact that we have helped standard the industry and created clear definitions of what UK visas are available. Creating awareness of the opportunity available.

Move Up offers industry leading representation in the following cases:

UK Ancestry Work Visa (Adopted Minor Dependent)


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UK Ancestry Work Visa (Step Minor Dependent)


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UK Ancestry Work Visa (Shared Biological Minor Dependent)


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UK Ancestry Work Visa (Unmarried Dependent)


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UK Ancestry Work Visa (Married Dependent)


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UK Ancestry Work Visa (Main Applicant)


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Folks, we get this question often and therefore want to address this publically. There are companies out there that claim “imminent changes to this visa category” can take place. These companies clearly use fear as a means to scare the applicant into taking action. In our opinion, they are not acting in the applicants best interest, rather their own.

The truth is that this visa category has been proposed to close in 2005 and again in 2008. Both times, the feedback on the proposal has been turned down. After the 2008/2009 recession, when the British government implemented a points-based visa system (and completely changed their visa system), this visa category was placed outside of that scope (and was left unchanged). Therefore, the truth of the matter is that this visa is not going anywhere any time soon.

Further to this, our travel ethos, when it comes to applicants considering their visa option, is that it is not our role to threaten or scare prospective clients into making life-changing decisions. Rather, allow the prospective client to make a choice to follow this route on their own accord, at their preferred time, when they are ready. Only once they have decided to take up the opportunity, we can gladly help.

Contact Move Up now to confirm your eligibility and find out how to sign up.

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Please note: Move Up offer a full refund guarantee on their case fee, which in the unlikely event of not being awarded your visa first time around our case fee will be refunded in full.