Issues such as the entitlement of foreign nationals to welfare benefits have proved controversial in jurisdictions such as the UK, especially in light of public spending cutbacks.
While it has proved less of an issue here, the Government recently examined whether it was possible to curtail the payment of child benefit for non-resident children of EU nationals who are living here .
The first three types of leave are usually given for a time-limited period of up to five years, and it is very important that an application for extension is made before the leave expires.
The previous status is retained pending a decision on the application.1Note that people who receive a positive decision on their asylum application are often referred to as, or consider themselves to be, 'refugees', even if they are granted one of the other statuses above.
If a positive decision is made on an application for asylum, a person is no longer an asylum seeker and is granted one of the following statuses: Following a positive decision, support from the Home Office stops and the person is given 28 days to navigate the social security system and also, in many cases, vacate their accommodation and find somewhere else to live.