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Habitual Residence Test - What benefits, tax credits and services does the Habitual Residence Test apply to?

Find out more about the Habitual Residence Test.

What benefits, tax credits and services does the Habitual Residence Test apply to?

The HRT applies to the following benefits:

For the three disability benefits stated below the habitual residence test only applies to new claims made, or award decisions that are changed on or after 8 April 2013)

The right to reside part of the test also applies to Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit, but you don't have to show you are habitually resident to claim these benefits. Instead you have to show that you are 'ordinarily resident'. If you have come to the UK since 1 July 2014 and you are not a worker or self-employed, for example, you are a jobseeker, you need to live in the UK for at least three months before you can claim Child Tax Credits or Child Benefit. However, this rule will not apply to you if you were previously ordinarily resident in the UK and have returned to the UK after an absence of less than one year.

You may need to seek advice if you want to claim Child Tax Credits or Child Benefit

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