Apply to the Windrush Compensation Scheme

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Overview

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.

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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

Losses you can claim for

You might be able to get compensation for losses relating to:

  • employment
  • immigration fees
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • driving licences
  • banking
  • daily life - for example, you missed major family events or could not travel
  • detention and removal

Your privacy

If you apply, the information you share will not be used for immigration enforcement. Read the Scheme’s privacy policy for more details.