#windrushscheme

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.

Who is eligible for support?

You could 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

Please see the Windrush Scheme for full details on eligibility.

How to apply

If you are applying from within the UK, you must print and complete the paper form Windrush scheme application form (UK) (PDF, 478KB, 20 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.

The Windrush Helpline

The Windrush Helpline can offer support and guidance to individuals on the Windrush Scheme and how to apply.

The Windrush Helpline can also help vulnerable people or those who need additional support.

Contact the Windrush Helpline

The Windrush Helpline will be closed on Monday 25 May 2020 and will reopen on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 9am.

Telephone: 0800 678 1925 (freephone)

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm

Outside of the helpline opening hours, you can leave a message to ask for your call to be returned at a more convenient time.

Email: commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gov.uk

If you are overseas, you can email the Windrush Helpline and ask them to call you back.

How we can help

We are registered with the Home Office to support applicants living, working or studying in Haringey. 

Clients who call the Windrush Helpline will then be filtered to an organisation local to them who can provide support.

Telephone: 0800 678 1925 (freephone)

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm

Outside of the helpline opening hours, you can leave a message to ask for your call to be returned at a more convenient time.

Email: commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gov.uk

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