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Press release: Home Secretary launches Windrush scheme

The legislation will enable the government to begin processing citizenship applications for the Windrush generation – Commonwealth nationals who settled in the UK before 1973 – free of charge. Free citizenship applications for children of the Windrush generation who joined their parents before they turned 18 and free confirmation of the existing British citizenship for children born to the Windrush generation in the UK where needed – will also be able to commence.

People applying for citizenship under the scheme will need to meet the good character requirements in place for all citiz...

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Guidance: Personal information use in borders, immigration and citizenship

This notice reflects your rights under data protection legislation including the General Data Protection Regulation and lets you know how the Home Office looks after and uses your personal information and how you can request a copy of your information.

 
Guidance: Windrush scheme casework guidance

This document tells those in the taskforce how to consider cases under the Windrush scheme from those covered by the Windrush scheme policy.

Those who wish to be considered under the Windrush scheme, should refer to the information about the Windrush scheme on GOV.UK.

 
Transparency data: Sponsorship transparency data: May 2018

This document contains data on:

  • number of sponsors registered on points-based system (PBS) routes
  • number of new sponsor applications which were made in each tier
  • percentage of tier 4 sponsors with full ‘tier 4 sponsor’ status
  • breakdown by the length of time taken to process a sponsorship application
  • average length of time taken (days) to process a sponsorship application
  • sponsor notifications in potential non-compliance categories received
  • sponsors (by tier) which had pre registration visits
  • sponsors (by tier) which had follow up visits and of these how many were
 
Transparency data: International operations transparency data: May 2018

This document contains data on:

  • number and percentage of resolved applications for settlement and non-settlement out of country visa applications processed within service standards
  • percentage of out of country visa applications, in each points-based system (PBS) tier, processed within service standards
  • number of cases in ‘work in progress’ for both temporary and permanent out of country visa applications broken down by case type
  • time taken (days) to resolve applications for refugee / humanitarian family reunion out of country visa applications
  • number of cases in ‘...
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Transparency data: In-country migration data: May 2018

This document contains data on:

  • number of in-country visa applications received and input, or applications that are submitted online, for each route
  • number of sponsorship requests and renewals
  • percentage of in-country visa applications, for each route, processed within service standards
  • in-country work-in-progress and outstanding not input
  • in-country work in progress casework summary for applications made from 1 January 2014 in-country work in progress casework summary for applications made before 1 January 2014
  • table in C7 premium service applications (same day)
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News story: Sopra Steria has been awarded a new UKVI contract

Sopra Steria has been awarded the contract to deliver a new service for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK, the Immigration Minister announced today (Thursday 17 May).

The new service will deliver a more streamlined application process from over 60 locations across the UK, including 56 local libraries.

Under the new arrangements people using the service will be able to submit biometric information including photos, fingerprints, and signatures and their supporting evidence at a single appointment. The evidence will then be copied and sen...

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News story: Home Secretary launches Windrush compensation scheme call for evidence

The month-long call for evidence which was launched by the Home Secretary in a written ministerial statement today (May 10) is the first step to establishing the scheme for those who have suffered financial loss because of difficulties proving their immigration status.

As part of this process the Home Office will be engaging with affected communities, enabling people to share their experiences with Home Office staff. People and community groups will also be able to submit written evidence.

The call for evidence will run until 8 June. This will be followed by a full consultation on ...

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