How to apply

Proof of residence

It is expected that most people will have their residence confirmed through automated checks of data held by HMRC and the DWP. Where those checks do not provide enough evidence of the applicant’s length and continuity of residence, the applicant will be able to upload documentary evidence.

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Below are some examples of documents that will be accepted to prove residence, however, the list is not exhaustive, and is subject to amendment. Individuals’ specific circumstances will be taken into account, and it is acknowledged that some applicants may lack documentary evidence in their own name for various reasons. The applicant will be able to submit several types of evidence to cover their period of continuous residence. The caseworker may request further evidence of residence if appropriate and will ensure that the applicant is given reasonable opportunity to provide it before a decision on the application is made


Preferred evidence

The documents listed below are preferred because a single document covers a significant period. A single piece of evidence is likely to be sufficient for the period it covers.

  • An annual bank statement, or an account summary covering a 12-month period, showing payments received or spending in the UK in at least six months of that year.
  • Annual business accounts of a self-employed person.A dated and signed letter from an employer, confirming the duration of a period of UK-based employment which has been undertaken, and confirmation of the employer’s status (such as registration with HMRC or Companies House). This will be considered evidence of residence for the period of that employment.
  • A P60 for a 12-month period (the caseworker may request additional evidence to confirm that the person has been resident in the UK for at least six months of that period).
  • A dated and signed letter from an accredited organisation in the UK confirming physical attendance at a course and its duration, or confirming enrolment on a course accompanied by dated and signed evidence of completion (such as a qualification certificate). This will be treated as evidence of residence for the duration of the course.
  • A dated and signed letter from a registered care home confirming the period of residence in the home. This will be treated as evidence of residence for that period.
  • A dated, addressed invoice from an accredited organisation for school, college or university fees for education requiring physical attendance in the UK, which includes the name of the student, and accompanying evidence of payment. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the relevant academic term(s) or year.
  • Documentation issued by the student finance body for England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland or the Student Loans Company that shows a UK address, such as an entitlement notification or repayment statement. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the relevant academic term(s) or year.
  • A residential mortgage statement or tenancy agreement, and accompanying evidence of the mortgage or rent being paid (e.g. confirmation from the lender or landlord), will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the statement or agreement.
  • A dated, addressed council tax bill will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the bill.
  • Evidence of an employer making pension contributions will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the contributions where the employment requires physical presence in the UK.


Alternative evidence

The documents listed below cover a shorter period. This means the applicant will need to submit more of them to evidence that they meet the residence requirement. A single piece of evidence is likely to be sufficient for the period it covers.

  • A dated payslip for a UK-based job will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by that payslip.
  • A dated bank statement showing payments received or spending in the UK. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the bank statement.
  • A dated invoice for work physically done in the UK. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the month in which it is dated.
  • A dated, UK-addressed domestic utility bill featuring the applicant’s name
  • will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the bill.
  • A dated, UK-addressed domestic bill or contract for a fixed line telephone or for a TV or internet service featuring the applicant’s name will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the bill or contract.
  • A dated letter from a UK GP or other healthcare professional confirming the applicant’s attendance at appointment(s), or a card issued by the healthcare professional confirming those appointment(s). This will be treated as evidence of residence for the period covered by the appointments (or for the month in which a single appointment occurred).
  • A dated letter from a UK government department, another UK public body or a UK charity confirming the applicant’s physical interaction with them, e.g. Job Centre Plus or Citizens’ Advice. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the month in which it is dated, unless it explicitly confirms interactions over a longer period.
  • Other dated, UK-addressed domestic bills, e.g. for insurance or home services/repairs, featuring the applicant’s name and accompanying evidence of payment will be treated as evidence of residence for the month in which the bill is dated.
  • A passport stamp confirming entry at the UK border. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the month of entry.
  • A used travel ticket confirming previous inbound travel to the UK. This will be treated as evidence of residence for the month of entry.


Unacceptable evidence

The documents listed below are not from an official or other impartial source, or are not accessible by Home Office caseworkers, and so are not acceptable as evidence of continuous residence for the scheme and should not be provided.

  • Character references or testimonials from family and friends.
  • Photographs of a wedding or other special occasion.
  • Greetings cards or postcards sent or received.
  • A personal scrapbook or similar.
  • Evidence in multimedia format (CDs, DVDs, USB media sticks etc).