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UK Ancestry Visa Information for New Zealanders

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Do I qualify for UK Ancestry Visa?

You will qualify for a UK Ancestry Visa if you can show that you:

  • are a Commonwealth citizen
  • are aged 17 or over
  • have a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • have a grandparent who was born in what is now the Republic of Ireland prior to 31 March 1922
  • are able to work and intend to take or seek employment in the UK
  • are able to maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds
  • If you or your parent through whom you are claiming ancestry are adopted you may still apply for entry under this category. You must present evidence of the legal adoption with your application form.


Can I work in the UK with a UK Ancestry Visa?

You must intend to take or seek employment in the UK before you can be considered for entry in this category. We can supply you with the required documentation for this the UK Ancestry Visa if you require it.


How long can I stay on the UK Ancestry Visa?

If you arrive with a United Kingdom Ancestry Visa entry clearance you will be granted entry for a period of five years.


What happens on the UK Ancestry Visa after five years?

After four years you will be eligible to apply for permanent residence provided you continue to meet the requirements of the Rules for United Kingdom Ancestry and you have spent a continuous period of four years in employment in the UK in this capacity. You can get more information about applying for permanent residence from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.


Do I need a visa to work in England?

You must obtain a valid working visa before you travel to the UK.

Either a UK Ancestry Visa or a UK YMS Working Holiday Visa.

We can help you get your Ancestry Visa

UK Ancestry Visa Service

Information that appears on this webpage refers to Commonwealth Citizens only. Applicants from other countries will need to contact their nearest British High Commission for details. International Working Holidays can not be held responsible for the information provided on this page, as it serves only as an indication. For the further and complete information please refer to https://www.gov.uk 

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