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Returning British citizens

British citizens returning to live in the UK after a period of residence abroad may be ineligible for benefits for an temporary period on their return.

This may apply to a British citizen who has been living outside of the Common Travel Area, which consists of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. 

Some benefits, such as Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, and Child Benefit require a person to have been living in the Common Travel Area for a period of three months prior to making their claim. Therefore, British citizens returning to live in the UK from outside of the Common Travel Area may face at least a three-month delay before being able to access benefits.