Windrush Scheme, Settlement Solicitors in London
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.
If any of the above are true, our immigration lawyers in London can assist you in proving your status in the UK as legal. If you are concerned about your situation, or you need assistance with proving your eligibility in your Windrush application, please get in touch.
What is the Windrush Settlement Scheme?
On 30th May 2018, the UK government announced the Windrush Settlement Scheme which would support those from the “Windrush Generation” as well as their children to obtain the documentation they need in order to maintain their legal right to live in the UK.
In 2018 it was revealed that in at least 83 cases, people who had arrived in the UK legally before 1973 were wrongfully detained, denied their legal rights and deported. Those who had come to the UK as part of the “Windrush Generation” were forced to prove their continued residency in the UK since 1973, and this was nearly impossible with the new legislation introduced. With this detailed documentation they were denied access to healthcare, accommodation, benefits and employment. The Windrush Scheme aims to assist people who have been affected by this.
What is the Windrush application process?
If you are applying for the Windrush Scheme from outside of the UK, you’ll need to fill out the windrush citizenship application form online through the UK government website. From inside of the UK, the Windrush application needs to be printed out, filled in and posted to the address found on the form. You may be asked to submit some supporting documents with your application to evidence that you’re eligible for the scheme.
If you choose to work with Westkin, our lawyers can assist you in gathering this evidence and including it in your application, giving you the best possible chance of a successful windrush application.
Who is eligible for the Windrush Scheme?
Under the current framework there are three broad categories which may be eligible for this scheme:
– Commonwealth citizens who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 and has a right of abode.
– Children of Commonwealth residents who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 and were either born in the UK or were under the age of 18 when they came.
– A person of any nationality who settled in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled.
How long does the Windrush application take?
The windrush application is quick to complete, providing that you have all of the necessary information for the application, and you have the supporting documentation required. After your application is submitted, the windrush task force will get in touch with you to give you further information on your application, and to request any additional information from you.
How much does the Windrush application cost?
It is free to apply to the Windrush compensation scheme.
At Westkin, we work on a case by case basis when it comes to giving you a fee for our legal assistance. This allows us to ensure that we are only charging you for the work completed, and that you’re not overcharged.
What does the Windrush Scheme provide?
After submitting your windrush application, you will receive documentation affirming your right to live, study and work in the UK permanently. This may include documentation that shows you are already a British citizen.
This will support your applications for work or to access public resources and benefits which you are entitled to.
The Windrush Compensation Scheme
In April 2019, the government announced that it would be compensating the victims of the Windrush scandal for the wrong done. This would include both a formal apology as well as financial compensation.
The amount an applicant can claim varies and is dependent upon the harm done. For example, if an applicant was wrongfully deported, Appendix C, specifies that the Home Office will pay a fixed amount of £10,000 to the victim.
Appendix F, states that a person who was unable to access housing services because he did not have the proper documents may claim £1,000. Whereas, a person who was wrongfully detained will be compensated based on the length of his detention.
This page is for individuals affected by the Winrush scandal who want to claim UK citizenship. Our team of immigration lawyers can also assist you with Windrush Compensation Scheme claims. You can find out more information on our dedicated Windrush Compensation service here.
Why Choose Westkin for your Windrush passport application?
With over 80 years of experience and having supported over 41,000 businesses and individuals on UK immigration matters, Westkin Associates has become a lead immigration law firm. With our specialist knowledge and decades of experience, we assure our clients that they are getting the best immigration advice available. We offer you with six unbreakable promises that all of our lawyers abide by, so you can be assured of our professional service.
Core to our values is ensuring a fair price for our services. In our initial consultation we will lay out the exact cost of our services as well as the applications so that you understand what you are paying for. This means that there are no hidden costs and that our fees are fixed.
Rapid response time
With tight deadlines set by the Home Office, it is key to work with law firms that can operate quickly. Westkin meets tight deadlines without comprising the care given to every detail of an application.
Unlike other law firms, Westkin refuses to use generic documents. Instead, we tailor each letter and application to the specifics of your case. This helps to optimise your prospect for success. We have an excellent track record of securing the immigration results our clients want, and we believe this is because of the bespoke service we provide, and the detailed care we put into every case we work on.
Still unsure if you need legal assistance?
Whilst you are not required to seek legal assistance in Windrush scheme applications, you may find it useful if:
– You are uncertain which documents show when you arrived in the UK or how long you have been here.
– You need assistance choosing the best documents to show your eligibility.
– You require some help in completing the Windrush Scheme form.
For assistance with your Windrush scheme application, or for advice on the process, please get in touch. You can call our office on 0207 118 4546 or get in touch through our website.
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