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Asylum Seekers - Benefits and asylum seekers

Find out more about the rules about benefits if you are an asylum seeker.

Benefits and asylum seekers

As an asylum seeker you are not entitled to non-contributory benefits like Income Support and Housing Benefit (England, Scotland, Wales) or Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland).

Your status will not prevent you from claiming contributory benefits but asylum seekers are unlikely to have the required national insurance contributions to qualify for these benefits - and in the case of Jobseeker's Allowance, they are usually not permitted to work.

Check benefit entitlement

Find out what means-tested benefits you might be entitled to, including tax credits.

Use the Benefits Calculator
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Search for a grant

Look for funds that might be able to give you a grant and/or other types of help.

Use the Grants Search tool