If you come to live in the United Kingdom you may be eligible for financial help. To get this help you must be able to prove residency and that you are registered as a worker.
Working out what you are entitled to can be very complex and we strongly suggest you make an appointment with one of the local providers listed in the section below so you can talk through your circumstances.
No recourse to public funds
If you have a residence permit that allows you to live in the UK, it may include the condition that you have no recourse to public funds. If so, it means you will not be able to claim most benefits, tax credits or housing assistance that are paid by the state.
Public funds include a range of benefits that are given to people on a low income, as well as housing support.
Public funds do not include benefits that are based on National Insurance contributions, so if you are working and pay National Insurance, you may be eligible for these benefits.
The NRPF Network can provide information and support regarding migrant people without recourse to public funds.
Access to medical treatment
If you move to the UK, you (and your family) will not be charged for NHS hospital treatment from the date that you arrive, as long as you intend to live permanently in the UK, and you have the right to live permanently in the UK. You’ll be expected to prove that you meet these requirements.
Access to education
In most cases, children will be entitled to a place in a state-funded school. Children are required to attend school from the September following their 4th birthday.
Access to housing
The Housing rights website at www.housing-rights.info/index.php gives information for recent arrivals in England for advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people’s immigration status.
Homeless Link’s website has information about entitlements to support at www.homeless.org.uk and guidance or organisations seeking to support individuals with no recourse to public funds.