Windrush Scheme

If you’re settled in the UK but do not have a document to prove it, you may be eligible to apply to the ‘Windrush Scheme’. You may be able to apply for a document to prove you can live and work in the UK if one of the following is true:

  • you came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • your parents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • you came to the UK from any country before 31 December 1988 and are now settled here

You might also be entitled to apply for citizenship for free if you’re a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, or you’re the child of someone who did.

It’s free to apply, and applications can be made from inside or outside of the UK. What you will get depends on your circumstances.

If you require assistance with applying for the visa, please contact our immigration team.

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