First, if you have no recourse to public funds, then you will not have access to a range of benefits. The benefits are classed as ‘public funds’ for immigration reasons. However, some benefits can be accessed if you have some form of exception.
Now and then, the Government adds more benefits to the list. For example, in a Statement of Changes on the 7 September 2023, they expanded the no recourse to public funds list.
No recourse to public funds meaning
No recourse to public funds is a condition that is attached to visas, such as work and family visas. It restricts what benefits those individuals can access.
The status is included on residence permits, biometric residence permits, entry clearance vignettes, or on someone’s digital immigration status.
Who has no recourse to public funds?
A few different situations can make it so someone does not have no recourse to public funds.
First, migrants who are on temporary visas usually do not have recourse to public funds. However, people who remain in the UK due to human rights reasons can apply to have access to public funds on the Government’s website.
Those who are seeking asylum also do not have no recourse to public funds. However, this could change if they are granted asylum.
Finally, illegal immigrants will not be able to access public funds.
In some cases, no recourse to public funds may be appealed. However, we suggest that you seek legal advice. You can contact us if you need assistance.
What public funds cannot be accessed by those with no recourse to public funds?
The list of funds that cannot be accessed is quite long.
Some of the main ones include:
- Income support
- Child tax credit
- Universal credit
- Working tax credit
- Child benefits
- Housing benefit
- Council tax benefit
- Carer’s allowance
- State pension credit
- Disability allowance
For more information, a full list of public funds is on the Government’s website.
The previously mentioned Statement of Changes added:
- Department for Work and Pensions benefits
- Social Security Scotland benefits
- Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities benefits
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