Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

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Your family lives abroad

If your partner is outside the UK and you do not have children, check the Working Tax Credit guidance for information on whether you can continue to claim.

You have a child who lives abroad

If you already get Working Tax Credit and want to add Child Tax Credit to your claim, check if you’re eligible.

If you already get Child Tax Credit, you may be able to make a claim for an additional child if:

  • you are working in the UK
  • the child is living in the EEA or Switzerland
  • you are supporting the child

You must also be one of the following:

  • an EEA or Swiss citizen who has settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an EEA or Swiss citizen who had a right to reside in the UK on 31 December 2020
  • a family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen (who has settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or had a right to reside in the UK on 31 December 2020) and you are residing in the UK
  • a person with dual nationality, one of which is nationality of an EEA country or Switzerland
  • covered by any of the other conditions in the Withdrawal Agreement with the EEA and Switzerland

You usually cannot claim for a child who lives outside the EEA or Switzerland. There’s an exception if your partner is a Crown servant posted abroad.

You must let HMRC know within a month if your partner or child join you in the UK. This is because your tax credits payments may change.

Your partner gets benefits in an EEA country or Switzerland

If you’ve got children and your partner gets benefits paid by an EEA country or Switzerland, this may affect your tax credits. You must tell HMRC if you or your partner are paid benefits by an EEA country or Switzerland.

Some benefits are counted as income, for example benefits paid because of unemployment.