When a person is “subject to immigration control,” as defined by section 115 of the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999, they cannot use public funds.
If a person is subject to immigration control, they can’t get public money (like benefits or help with housing), unless there is an exception.
When a person has one of the following types of immigration status, they will be subject to immigration control:
The “No Recourse to Public Funds” (NRPF) condition applies to permission to enter or stay, such as:
- Leave to enter as a visitor
- Leave to remain as a spouse
- Leave to remain as a student
- Leave to remain granted under family or private life rules
- Leave to enter or remain that is subject to a maintenance undertaking, such as:
- Indefinite leave to remain as the adult dependent relative of a person with settled status (five year prohibition on claiming public funds)
- Leave to enter or remain as a result of a pending immigration appeal:
- This could apply when a person has section 3C leave whilst an appeal against a refusal of leave to remain is pending
- No leave to enter or remain when they are required to have this, such as:
- A visa overstayer
- An asylum seeker
- An appeal rights exhausted (ARE) asylum seeker
The words “no public funds” will be written on a person’s residence permit, entry clearance vignette, biometric residence permit (BRP), or digital status if they have permission to enter or stay that is tied to the NRPF condition.
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