I would like to know if I can apply for ancestry to the UK with two of my great-grandparents being born there. Their daughter, my grandmother, was born in South Africa, but both her parents were born in the UK in the late 1800s. I can produce copies of both great-grandparents' birth certificates.

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Unfortunately for you, the criteria for the UK ancestry visa are quite clear:


You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you:

  • are a Commonwealth citizen
  • are applying from outside the UK
  • are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK
  • are able and planning to work in the UK
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

Note the third bullet point. You must be able to show that at least one grandparent was born in the UK. That you have a grandparent born in South Africa whose parents were born in the UK will not help in this regard.

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