The UK Rules
If You Move to the UK

Child Benefit after Moving to the UK

Check if you and your children qualify for Child Benefit if you move to UK from abroad. Some overseas countries have an agreement with the United Kingdom.

MOVED TO THE UK? Use this section to check if you meet the eligibility rules to claim Child Benefit.

If your family is moving to this country from abroad you may also need to prove:

How to Claim Child Benefit

As a rule you do not qualify for Child Benefit if you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and your child does not live with you.

But, you may qualify if you are from the EEA or Switzerland and your child lives in Switzerland or a country from within the EEA.

To qualify, you or your partner must pay United Kingdom National Insurance (if employed or self-employed). Or, you can be receiving one of the following benefits:

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:

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:

Countries with a UK Agreement

Note: Payments change for Child Benefit if you leave the United Kingdom. You must also inform the Child Benefit Office if you go abroad for more than eight (8) weeks.

Claiming Child Benefit If You Move to United Kingdom