The Windrush Scheme explained
On 16 April 2018, the Home Secretary established the Taskforce to help those who arrived in the UK may years ago and who are unable to confirm their immigration status. This situation has affected their right to work and access to benefits.
The Windrush Scheme was set up to provide help in support to such individuals.
So who can exactly benefit from this scheme?
If you are currently in the UK and you are a Commonwealth citizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, then you can apply for your immigration status to be considered under the scheme. The Taskforce will assess if you are already a British citizen, and if not, will assess if you can become a British citizen free of charge.
If you are a child of a Commonwealth citizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, where you were born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18, you can also benefit from the scheme.
Finally, if you are a person of any nationality and arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988 and lawfully settled in the UK, the Taskforce will assess if you are already a British citizen and if not, will consider whether you have a Right of Abode or a settlement status.
If you are currently outside the UK and you are a Commonwealth citizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 but do not have a Right of Abode certificate or document confirming your settled status, the Taskforce will consider whether to issue you a Right of Abode certificate or a Returning Residence visa.
We can help you apply under the Windrush Scheme and get you a certificate of British citizenship or a settlement visa. We can advise you on the merits of your case and represent you in your application to the Home Office.
The citizens of the Commonwealth countries for the Windrush Scheme mean citizens of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
Cyprus (excluding the Sovereign base area)
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands