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Habitual Residence Test - What is the Habitual Residence Test?

Find out more about the Habitual Residence Test.

What is the Habitual Residence Test?

All claimants have to pass or be exempt from the Habitual Residence Test in order to claim certain benefits and Tax Credits.  What benefits, tax credits and services does the Habitual Residence Test Apply to?

To pass the Habitual Residence Test you must show a ‘settled intention’ to stay here. In most cases, you also need to be actually resident in the Common Travel Area for a period of time. However, you may be accepted as habitually resident sooner if you were previously habitually resident.

The Common Travel Area covers the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland. 

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