Benefits for people arriving from the Ukraine

People fleeing the war in Ukraine and arriving in the UK can claim benefits immediately. Emergency regulations have been laid so people can access Universal Credit and jobs support from the first day they arrive. 

To help new arrivals with applications, translation services are available for those making claims on the phone. Work Coaches and DWP staff at Jobcentres across the country are on hand to support people making claims online. 

Without the emergency legislation Ukrainian people fleeing the Russian invasion would be subject to the Habitual Residence Test, meaning they would have to wait up to three months before being able to receive income-related benefits, including Universal Credit. 

Find out more on GOV.UK and watch DWP’s social media explainer animation in English or Ukrainian.

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