You may be able to claim compensation if you suffered losses because you could not show that you had a right to live in the UK.
‘Losses’ can be things like not being able to work, find a place to live or get health treatment. They can also include immigration action, like detention or removal from the UK.
Who can apply
You can apply if:
- you came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
- your parents or grandparents 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 can also apply if you are:
- the close family member of someone eligible to claim and you have had significant losses yourself
- representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible
There is a different way to apply for a document that shows your right to live in the UK.
Losses you can claim for
You might be able to get compensation for losses relating to:
- immigration fees
- driving licences
- daily life - for example, you missed major family events or could not travel
- detention and removal
- living costs - for example, rent, utilities, contributions towards food and household essentials, travel and prescription fees