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Presence and Residence Tests - What is Ordinary Residence?

To get most benefits you have to be present in the UK and pass tests regarding your residency. This guide explains more about this.

What is Ordinary Residence?

You are ordinarily resident if you have been living in the UK for a settled purpose for the time being (whether for a long or short period).Your residence in the UK must also be lawful.

The following benefits have an ordinary residence requirement:

Guardian’s Allowance depends on entitlement to Child Benefit, so you have to be ordinarily resident in order to get it.  See our guide on Guardian’s Allowance for other rules you need to pass to get it.

 

January 2019

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