Criteria for backdating income support
A permitted period of up to 13 weeks may be allowed in which a claimant can look for work in his or her usual occupation, if s/he had one before coming to the UK.
If it is necessary to get qualifications accepted in the UK, this should also be stated in the jobseeker's agreement.
A refugee integration loan is an interest-free loan payable to people over the age of 18 who have been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection since 11 June 2007.
It can be paid for needs or items that will help the refugee integrate into the UK, such as housing deposits, work-related expenses, education and training.
Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.
Recent developments in the benefits system and the asylum process mean that refugees face fresh challenges in securing the support they need to build a new life in the UK.
Most refugees and others granted leave to remain are directed to the nearest Jobcentre Plus office to claim jobseeker's allowance (JSA).
Many refugees, however, have suffered torture or violence resulting in physical disabilities and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress.
The previous status is retained pending a decision on the application.1Note that people who receive a positive decision on their asylum application are often referred to as, or consider themselves to be, 'refugees', even if they are granted one of the other statuses above.This can be complicated and specialist help may be needed from the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre While supported by the Home Office, asylum seekers are generally housed in furnished accommodation.Once they are granted refugee status, they may be offered a tenancy on the same or similar basis, including a substantial charge for furniture.If a positive decision is made on an application for asylum, a person is no longer an asylum seeker and is granted one of the following statuses: Following a positive decision, support from the Home Office stops and the person is given 28 days to navigate the social security system and also, in many cases, vacate their accommodation and find somewhere else to live.All the above types of leave allow the person to claim benefits and tax credits on the same basis as a UK national and mean s/he is no longer a 'person subject to immigration control'.