This page explains the support you can get if you do not have permission to live permanently in the UK.
You may not be able to access public funds but you may be able to get support from the UK government if you’re a migrant living in the UK.
- you’re destitute or at risk of destitution
- your child’s welfare is at risk due to low income
- you’re in other exceptional financial circumstances
If you need medical treatment in the UK
You will not have to pay for diagnosis or treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes if you’re tested and the result is negative.
Your immigration status won’t be checked if you seek a test or treatment for coronavirus.
If you’re considered vulnerable because of a medical condition
If you have a medical condition that makes you vulnerable to coronavirus, you may have been contacted by your GP or the NHS telling you to stay at home and avoid leaving the house. This is called shielding.
If you’re shielding, you can get help, such as deliveries of medication and food.
In England, you can register for assistance on GOV.UK.
You should consult your GP If you think you have a medical condition that makes you vulnerable and you have not been contacted.
If you’re employed in the UK
Your employer can apply for government support if the business is unable to open or there is no longer work for you to do because of coronavirus.
If your biometric residence permit (BRP) has ‘NRPF’ or ‘no public funds’ printed on the back of the card, you may be able to access:
- Statutory Sick Pay
- contributory Employment and Support Allowance, if you have made sufficient national insurance contributions
- support provided to employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
If you’re self-employed
If you’re registered as self-employed, you may be able to apply for a grant through the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
If you’re studying in the UK
If you’re absent from your place of study due to coronavirus, your sponsor should not report you.
You can also contact your embassy or consulate for support.
If you cannot afford housing costs
If you’re renting housing
The government has offered support for both renters and landlords.
In England, this means:
- landlords must give 3 months’ notice of evictions, known as intention to seek possession
- all evictions and possession proceedings have been suspended for 90 days from 27 March
If you’re paying a mortgage
If you’re in financial difficulty due to coronavirus and are not already in arrears, mortgage lenders will offer repayment holidays of 3 months.
If you’re concerned about your financial situation, you should contact your mortgage lender as soon as possible if you think you might need support.
Local authority support
Local authority social services may be able to provide support if you or a family member have specific care needs, including adult social care and children’s services.
Local authorities can assist people with illnesses, disabilities or mental health conditions and provide accommodation if you need care.
You can contact your local council for more information.
If you’re an asylum seeker
If you’re waiting to find out if you’ll be given asylum, you can access government support for asylum seekers.