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Presence and Residence Tests - What are the Presence and Residence Tests?

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

What are the Presence and Residence Tests?

To get most benefits you have to be present in the UK and pass tests regarding your residency.

The rules on residence and presence vary between different benefits and tax credits. Some residence and presence rules refer to Great Britain and the UK, others refer to the Common Travel Area.

These are the different Residence and Presence Tests

  • Presence Test
  • Past Presence Test
  • ‘Living here’ for three months
  • Ordinary Residence
  • Habitual Residence
  • Right to Reside

We cover the Presence Test, Past Presence Test, ‘Living here' for three months and Ordinary Residence in this guide. Read more about Habitual Residence in our Habitual Residence Test Guide and Right to Reside in our Right to Reside Guide.

Find out which residence and presence tests you need to pass in order to claim a particular benefit.

If you are a Non-EEA National, you will also have to meet the immigration rules as well as the residence and presence rules in order to claim benefits.Please see our guide on Non-EEA Nationals for further information.

 

January 2019

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