Windrush Scheme: full eligibility details

The Home Office have recently issued guidance detailing the eligibility for the Windrush Scheme.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What is the Windrush Scheme?

Established by the Home Office, the Windrush Scheme was implemented to aid Commonwealth citizens, their children, and other long-term residents in acquiring documentation (free of charge), to prove their immigration status.

How do I apply for the Windrush Scheme?

Applications for the Windrush Scheme are made online via the gov.uk website using the relevant form. Applicants living in the UK must select the (UK) version, whereas applicants abroad must select the (Overseas) version.

Please be advised that:

  • there is no application fee
  • applicants are required to provide their biometrics (photograph of face and fingerprints)
  • applications:
    • are considered under existing law and policy
    • are considered in the round based on all evidence
    • which fall outside the scope of the Windrush Scheme will not be considered

What applications will be considered under the Windrush Scheme?

A person in the UK

  • Commonwealthcitizen who was either settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 and has been continuously resident in the UK since their arrival or has the Right of Abode
  • Commonwealthcitizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, whose settled status lapsed because they left the UK for a period of more than 2 years, and who is now lawfully in the UK and who has strong ties to the UK
  • A child of a Commonwealthcitizen parent, where the child was born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18, and has been continuously resident in the UK since their birth or arrival, and the parent was settled before 1 January 1973 or has the Right of Abode (or met these criteria but is now a British Citizen)
  • A person of any nationality, who arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled in the UK

A person outside the UK

  • Commonwealthcitizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 but who does not have a document confirming their Right of Abode or settled status, or whose settled status has lapsed because they left the UK for a period of more than 2 years

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on Windrush Scheme: full eligibility details send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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