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Presence and Residence Tests - Which Presence or Residence Tests do I have to pass?

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

Which Presence or Residence Tests do I have to pass?

Look in the table below to find out which presence and residence tests you have to satisfy in order to get a particular benefit. 

Benefit Which Presence Test? Which Residence Test?
Attendance Allowance Presence and Past Presence Test Habitual Residence Test
Bereavement Support Payment Presence Ordinary Residence Test
Carer’s Allowance Presence and Past Presence Test Habitual Residence Test
Child Benefit Presence and Lived here for three months Ordinary Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Child Tax Credit Presence and Lived here for three months Ordinary Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Contributory Employment and Support Allowance Presence No test
Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Presence No test
Council Tax Support Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Disability Living Allowance Presence and Past Presence Test Habitual Residence Test
Funeral Payment Presence Ordinary Residence
Guardians Allowance Presence and Lived here for three months Ordinary Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Housing Benefit  Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Presence and  Lived here three months Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Income Support Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Industrial Injuries Benefits Presence No test
Maternity Allowance Presence No test
Pension Credit Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Personal Independence Payment Presence and Past Presence Test Habitual Residence Test
State Pension Presence No Test
Universal Credit Presence Habitual Residence Test and Right to Reside Test
Winter Fuel Payment Presence Ordinary Residence
Working Tax Credit Presence Ordinary Residence

The following benefits have no residence or presence rules:

  • Statutory Adoption Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Statutory Paternity Pay
  • Statutory Shared Parental Pay
  • Statutory Sick Pay

 

January 2019

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