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Asylum Seekers - Benefits and asylum seekers

Find out more about help available if you are an asylum seeker.

Benefits and asylum seekers

An asylum seeker who is a Non-EEA national is a person subject to immigration control and will therefore not be able to claim most benefits.  Please see our guide on Non-EEA Nationals and Persons Subject to Immigration Control for further information.

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

An EEA National who is an asylum seeker is not a person subject to immigration control, but would have pass the relevant presence and residence tests in order to claim benefits, including the Right to Reside Test.

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