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Nationals of non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries - Limited leave to remain

Non-EEA nationals will be subject to immigration rules and their right to benefits will be defined by their immigration status.

Limited leave to remain

If you have limited leave to remain (leave for a limited period of time) you are likely to be excluded from benefits and tax credits. When people are given limited leave to remain it is usually on the condition that they have ‘no recourse to public funds’ while they are in the UK.

Public funds

Public funds in this situation includes the following benefits and tax credits:

You will also be excluded from most forms of local authority housing and homelessness assistance.

Immigration status does not affect eligibility for benefits which depend on National Insurance contributions such as:

Or other work-related benefits, including:

You may find it difficult to gain entitlement to contributory benefits though since these depend upon you having a sufficient National Insurance contribution record.

A person with limited leave to remain who has recourse to public funds could be risking removal, refusal of further leave and/or prosecution so it is important that you seek specialist advice in relation to benefits. You can use our Find an Adviser tool.

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