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If a sponsor is receiving funds on behalf of a dependent child who is subject to immigration control, does this mean that the dependent is considered as having recourse to public funds?

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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal
Published on LexisPSL on 25/04/2019

The following Immigration Q&A produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a sponsor is receiving funds on behalf of a dependent child who is subject to immigration control, does this mean that the dependent is considered as having recourse to public funds?

In this Q&A, ‘funds’ are considered in the context of child benefit.

Child benefit is defined as:

‘a tax-free, regular payment made to anyone bringing up a child or young person. It is paid for each child who qualifies and is not affected by income or savings, so most people bringing up a child can get it.’

The general rule is that no person subject to immigration control is entitled to child benefit. However, there are several exceptions, including in respect of those:

‘who are the family member of a person who is a UK, EEA, or Swiss national. The parent of a

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