Home Advice for Parents & CarersGeneral information on benefits What if I have come to this country from abroad?

What if I have come to this country from abroad?

If you have come to this country from abroad, you may not be able to claim all the benefits and tax credits mentioned on this website.

The rules which can prevent you claiming are complicated, and you may be able to claim some benefits but not others. In some circumstances, if you live with a partner, your partner may be able to claim instead.

You should get advice from, for example, a Citizens Advice before making any claims for benefits or tax credits.


This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details.

If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us.

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