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'Brexit' and its effects on migrants' rights 

Brexit will bring massive changes in immigration rules although they will take some years to put in place. The housing rights website will be updated as they happen. Check our What's New page to keep up-to-date and to find helpful guidance on how it might affect migrants.. 

'Universal credit' is replacing housing benefit

Universal credit (UC) now replaces housing benefit for more and more applicants across England, Wales and Scotland. See What's new for details.Universal credit will be fully explained in a future update to the website.

The Housing Rights website aims to provide accurate information to recent arrivals and to advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people's immigration status.

If you're a housing adviser and you want information about the housing rights of new arrivals, please look first at the relevant pages below and the links to the legal provisions. For further help on common problems met by advisers, please click here.

Click here for information about Housing Rights in Scotland. Advice on housing rights in Northern Ireland can be obtained from the Housing Rights Service.

The CIH Housing Rights website has detailed information for different categories of new arrival. Please note:

  • a 'new arrival' may fall into more than one category so you may need to check different pages
  • we have tried to keep the language as simple as possible - but you can find the meaning of terms such as 'European Economic Area' on the relevant pages.

The categories of new arrival are described below and can also be seen by clicking the tabs at the top of each page. Some issues common to all types of migrant are dealt with in Background Topics on the right-hand side of each page.

Information for people who have been granted refugee status, people with discretionary leave, humanitarian protection and exceptional leave.
Information for people who have been granted indefinite leave to remain.

For people with work permits and people with limited leave.
For people from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are workers or self-employed in the UK.

For people from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are not working in the UK, but might be studying or are self-sufficient.
For family members of people from the European Economic Area or Switzerland who are in the UK and might be working or studying.

For migrants who are homeless without enough money to buy basic food or shelter.
For Irish and British nationals, including those returning to the UK from abroad.

For people who have arrived to join someone as a wife or husband, cohabiting with them or as a civil partner - and then can no longer stay in the relationship because of violence.
Information for people with social care needs.
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Background Topics

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