You cannot claim most benefits when you
- are subject to immigration control OR
- do not pass the habitual residence test OR
- do not pass the right to reside test
This is because you are not entitled to claim benefits that are classed as ‘public funds’. Most benefits are classed as public funds.
Other benefits you might be able to claim
You might be able to claim ‘contribution-based benefits’. Benefit rules say your record of work and paying national insurance in the UK should decide if you are entitled to them. If you have worked legally in the UK in past years and have got a record of paying national insurance check the list below.
Knowing if you have paid enough national insurance to be entitled to one of these benefits is not straightforward. Get advice before you make a claim. Choose Find a local adviser below.
Tax Credits and Child Benefit
You might be able to claim Tax Credits and Child Benefit. Benefit rules are less strict for people who have children or people who are working.
Knowing if you can claim these benefits is not straightforward. Get advice before you make a claim. Choose Find a local adviser below.
Other sources of money
There are other sources of money and help in Brent. Choose Other Sources below. This will take you out of Benefits and into Money on this website.