Information for Non-UK / Irish nationals

The Home Office now checks the immigration status of all new arrivals to the UK. This applies from 1st January 2021.

They carry out this check for both EEA and non-EEA nationals.

Non-UK / Irish nationals who apply for Housing Benefit must provide information about their circumstances. This also applies from 1 January 2021.

They must provide evidence to show that they:

  • have been granted limited or indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK, or
  • have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and are waiting for a decision, or
  • have been granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme, or
  • have been granted a ‘family permit’ under the EU Settlement Scheme, or
  • were resident in the UK at 31 December 2020 and was a ‘qualified person’ at that time, or
  • were resident in the UK at 31 December 2020 and is the ‘family member’ of a ‘qualified person’

 

A Qualified Person is:

 

A worker

  • If you have recently left work you may be able to keep your worker status.

 

Self-sufficient

  • You must show that you have enough income to support
    • the whole family and
    • must have health insurance or
    • health cover for everyone in the household

 

Student

  • You must
    • provide details of your course and
    • have health insurance or
    • health cover for everyone in the household


Self-employed

You must:

  • be registered with HMRC and
  • provide evidence of your income

Job Seekers and their Family Members are not usually entitled to Housing Benefit. But they may qualify for help if they are in one of the groups above.


A Family Member is a:

  • spouse
  • direct descendant under 21 years
    • this includes a child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild
  • dependant direct descendant over 21 years
  • dependant direct ascendant
    • this includes a parent, step-parent, or grandparent


Distant relatives have more limited access to Housing Benefit. Contact your local Housing Benefit Office to discuss your case.

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You may be an EEA nationals, or family member, and were resident in the UK on 31 December 2020. If that is the case, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.

You may have transitional entitlement to Housing Benefit. This will apply under the EU regulations until that date (30 June 2021).


Useful links

You can read more information at:

 

The information in this section is for general advice only.

Contact your local Housing Benefit office if you have any queries.

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