The UK Rules
Eligibility Conditions

Jobseeker's Allowance Eligibility Criteria

You will need to meet all the eligibility conditions to get Jobseeker's Allowance. Find out who is eligible to claim the benefit and how to qualify as a student.

JSA ELIGIBILITY: All the following must apply before you can qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA):

Note: A benefits calculator will help you check whether you meet Jobseeker's Allowance eligibility. In some cases, you may need to claim Universal Credit instead.

JSA Conditions for 18 and 19 Year Olds

As a rule, you cannot get JSA if your parents are claiming Child Benefit for you. So, you must wait until your parents stop getting the benefit if you recently left education. But, in some cases you will qualify to get Income Support instead.

Note: If you are 18 or older and living with a partner who is 18 or over you should make a joint claim for JSA as a couple (with your partner).

JSA Eligibility for Full Time Students

JSA is not usually available for full-time students (studying for A level or an equivalent qualification level). You may need to wait until your course has completely finished and your parents stop getting Child Benefit.

CHB payments will stop on either the last day of February, May, August, or November (whichever comes first).

But, you might be eligible to get JSA during the summer holiday. It could apply if you have children and you are studying for a degree-level qualification.

JSA Eligibility for Part Time Students

Part-time students often qualify for the Jobseeker's Allowance. That is because JSA eligibility includes most part-time Open University Courses providing:

Check with your work coach before you accept a short course of two 2 weeks (or less).

New to the UK (or recently returned)

JSA eligibility rules for people from the EEA or returning UK Nationals changed in 2014. You would need to prove that you lived in the UK, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, or the Channel Islands for at least three (3) months before the claim.

If you might meet the new job seeker qualifying conditions you would also need to be either:

Job Seekers Eligibility Criteria in the United Kingdom