4. Moving to the UK

You must have been living in the UK for 3 months before you’re eligible to claim Child Tax Credit if you moved to the UK on or after 1 July 2014 and don’t have a job. This doesn’t apply if you:

  • are a family member of someone who works or is self-employed
  • are Croatian and have a certificate to work, or are the family member of someone who has one
  • are a refugee
  • have been granted discretionary leave to enter or stay in the UK and you can get benefits
  • have been given leave to stay as a displaced person and you can get benefits
  • have been given to leave to stay and have applied for settlement as a victim of domestic violence
  • have been granted humanitarian protection
  • were made redundant in the UK (or your family member was) and you’re looking for a job or in training
  • were working in the UK before but temporarily can’t work because of your health or an accident
  • have been abroad for less than a year but usually live in the UK and were claiming Child Tax Credits before moving
  • have been abroad for less than a year but usually live in the UK and were in the UK for at least 3 months before moving
  • paid Class 1 or Class 2 National Insurance contributions while you were working abroad, and paid these in the 3 month period before returning to the UK