Windrush scheme

“Information for Commonwealth citizens and other nationalities who have been lawfully resident in the UK for a long time but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 26 May 2020)

Under the Windrush Scheme you can apply for the necessary documentation for free. You may also be able to apply for British citizenship for free.

You may be eligible for the Windrush Scheme if you are:

  • a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 or has right of abode
  • a child of a Commonwealth citizen parent who settled before 1 January 1973, where you were born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18
  • a person of any nationality who settled in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled in the UK

How to apply

“If you are applying from within the UK, you must print and complete the paper form Windrush scheme application form (UK) (PDF478KB20 pages). If you need a physical copy of the form posted to you contact the Windrush Helpline.

As part of our operating processes the Windrush Helpline may contact individuals by telephone, email, or letter for a variety of reasons. We will only ask for identity documentation if you have applied under either the Windrush Scheme or the Windrush Compensation Scheme. If you have questions or concerns about an approach for information received please call our helpline who will be happy to advise.

If you are applying from outside the UK you must use the online application form.”

Additionally, you can contact the Windrush contact centre on 0800 678 1925. Opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-3pm

For more information on the Windrush scheme, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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