Immigrants: Finance

Home Office written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what covid-19 related funding and support is available to people with Leave to Remain.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government has published advice and information about the support available to migrants with Leave to Remain during the coronavirus pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk.

Most migrants with Leave to Remain in the UK are subject to no recourse to public funds (NRPF). Successive governments have set the threshold for migrants qualifying for public funds at Indefinite Leave to Remain, reflecting the strength of connection to the UK of those who hold this status. However, many of the measures introduced to support people through the coronavirus pandemic, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and protections for renters, are available to those with NRPF.

Individuals whose basis of stay in the UK is based on their family life or human rights can apply to have the NRPF condition lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there are exceptional circumstances in their case relating to financial circumstances.

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