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Family members of British citizens

This page is for new arrivals. If you are a housing adviser please click here for information more relevant to you.

If you are the partner or child of a British or Irish citizen your rights depend on the immigration status you have.

Partners of British citizens

If you are the family member of a British or Irish citizen who simply had right of abode in the UK, you may have limited leave to remain, indefinite leave to remain or some other type of status. Your rights to housing and benefits will depend on what that status is.

For partners of EU citizens with a right to reside (including British citizens with 'Surinder Singh' rights) see the pages on European family members.

Family members and the EU Settlement Scheme

If you have applied for and been granted ‘Settled Status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme you have the right to housing and benefits even if you no longer have an EU right to reside.

If you have applied for and been granted ‘Pre-Settled Status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme you will only have rights to housing and benefits to help with your rent (UC/HB) in line with your EU rights to reside. But you can get help with your council tax (CTR) and if you applied for housing or homelessness assistance before 7 May 2019 you can continue on the housing waiting list and to get accommodation if you are homeless.

Parents of a British child

If you are the parent of a British citizen child, with no other rights to live in the UK, you have the right to live in the UK if it is the only way your child can stay in the UK (because you are your child's only carer). This right allows you to work, and claim some contributory benefits, but does not allow you to claim housing benefit or to get a housing allocation or housing as homeless. If this is your situation and you need help with housing or housing costs, you will need to go to social services.


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