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 satisfy the conditions of a test, known as the habitual residence test. Find out here about the habitual residence test and whether you need to meet the condtions of the test.

If you’ve already applied for benefits and your claim was rejected because you didn’t satisfy the conditions, you can also find out what to do here.

This content applies to England

The habitual residence test - an introduction

Whether or not a British or Irish citizen needs tosatisfy the conditions of the Habitual Residence Test when returning to the UK from abroad.