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European Union (EU) Settled Status Scheme - I have applied for settled status but I haven't had a decision back yet. Can I claim benefits?

The EU Settled Status scheme is the scheme to protect EEA citizens' rights in the UK now the UK has left the European Union.

I have applied for settled status but I haven't had a decision back yet. Can I claim benefits?

Applied before 30 June 2021

If you applied for settled status on or before 30 June 2021 and you are waiting for a decision, your existing rights in the UK should be protected. 

If you are refused benefits because you don't have settled status yet, you should get advice.

Applied after 30 June 2021

If you applied for settled status after 30 June 2021 and you are waiting for a decision, you won't be eligible for any benefits until after you get a decision made on your settled status application.

If you are going to face hardship while you wait for this decision, you can apply to charities for a grant to help you and ask for help from foodbanks. If you live in Wales, you might be able to get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund.

You should also get advice on whether there is anything you can do to speed up processing of your application for settled status.

Social services might be able to provide support to some families with children. However, this may not be suitable for everyone. The No Recourse to Public Funds Network's guide gives a detailed overview of the risks and advantages to approaching social services for help. If you are struggling to make sense of this, get advice.

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