For those who do not have a job when you arrive in the United Kingdom, to be eligible for Child Benefit you must have been living in the UK for at least three months if you arrived on or after 1 July 2014.
This child benefit rule does not apply if you arrived in the United Kingdom on or after 1 July 2014 and you:
Have a family member who works or is self-employed.
Were made redundant in the UK (or your family member was) and you are now a jobseeker or in training.
Temporarily cannot work because of your health or an accident, but have worked in the UK before.
Usually live in the UK and were getting Child Benefit before moving abroad for less than one year.
Usually live in the UK and were in the UK for 3 months, before moving abroad for less than one year.
Paid Class 1 or Class 2 National Insurance contributions while working abroad, and paid these within 3 months of returning.
Are Croatian and have a certificate to work, or your family member has one.
Are a refugee.
Got discretionary leave to enter or stay in the UK, and can get benefits.
Received leave to stay as a displaced person and you can get benefits.
Received leave to stay and have applied for 'leave to remain' as a victim of domestic violence.
Received humanitarian protection.
Note: You and your family can apply for 'settled status UK EU citizens' to continue living in the UK beyond June 2021. The scheme opens in full from March 2019.
UK Immigration Control
When you enter the UK if you become subject to immigration control you cannot claim Child Benefit unless you are:
A sponsored immigrant (someone else has agreed to be financially responsible for you)
From Algeria, Morocco, San Marino, Tunisia or Turkey and working in the UK
From a country that has an agreement with the UK for Child Benefit