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Right to Reside - Returning British Citizen

Your right to reside is your legal right to live in the UK. There are lots of different rights to reside and you may have more than one.

Returning British Citizen

When can I claim benefits?

If you are a British citizen returning to live in the UK, you can claim the following benefits after a certain amount of time in the country.

Straight away as long as you satisfy the habitual residence test:

Straight away as long as you are ordinarily resident:

After 3 months as long as you are habitually resident:

After 3 months as long as you are ordinarily resident:

After you have been here for 2 out of the last 3 years as long as you are habitually resident:

You can claim statutory and contributory benefits at any time as long as you satisfy the other conditions.

 

Updated: July 2019

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