Benefits for non-UK nationals
Benefits you may be able to get are:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Housing Benefit/Rate Relief
- Disability Living Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Tax Credits
Eligibility for these benefits will depend on;
- your immigration status
- if you are looking for employment
If you meet these conditions you can apply for benefits in the same way as a UK national.
To find out if you are registered or need to register follow the link below
European Economic Area (EEA)
The member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries are:
- Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom (including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
Switzerland is not a member of the EEA but has signed an agreement which allows its citizens the same free movement rights as EEA nationals
If you are an EEA national and exercising a Treaty right to seek and take up work, you need to show that you have a ‘right to reside’ (can legally live here) and are ‘habitually resident’ (this is the place where you normally live) in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.
Before you can claim income based Jobseeker’s Allowance you must have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland for the three months immediately before making your claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance.
EEA jobseekers can not claim Housing Benefit (if you are already receiving income based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit, this will not apply to you).
Rules for EEA Nationals and returning UK Nationals
EEA nationals with ‘jobseeker’ residency status can claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance for a maximum of six months. EEA nationals with ‘retained worker’ residency status can claim income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance for a maximum of nine months.
Both EEA jobseekers and EEA retained workers will undergo a Genuine Prospect of Work assessment at three and six months respectively.
Before an EEA National or returning UK National can claim income based Jobseekers Allowance they must have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland for the three months immediately before making your claim for Jobseekers Allowance.
EEA jobseekers cannot claim Housing Benefit. If you are already receiving income based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit this will not apply to you.
If you are in doubt over which category you fall into or if you need further information, you should contact:
- your local Social Security/Jobs & Benefits Office or the Employment and Support Allowance Centre
- the Disability and Carers Service for disability benefits
- the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or Land and Property Services for help with housing costs / rate relief
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for Tax Credits
- UK Visas and Immigration to find out about your immigration status or about working in the UK