Coming from abroad and claiming benefits - the habitual residence test
If you come to the UK from abroad and want to claim certain benefits, you must pass a test, known as the habitual residence test. Find out here about the habitual residence test and whether you are likely to pass it.
If you’ve already applied for benefits and your claim was rejected because you didn’t pass the test, you can find out what to do here.
The habitual residence test - an introduction
Whether or not a British or Irish citizen needs to take the Habitual Residence Test when returning to the UK from abroad.
- EEA nationals - in work or self-employed
- EEA nationals - jobseekers
- EEA nationals - former workers
- EEA nationals - family members
- EEA nationals - students
Evidence you need to provide to prove your immigration status and your intention to settle in order to pass the habitual residence test.