Immigration Status and Eligibility for Housing

This course examines the links between immigration status and housing rights. Delegates will receive an update on changes in statute, case law and practice. They will have the opportunity to consider how the different types of immigration status impact on the allocation of social housing and duties to those who are homeless.


N.B. Our Jan-June 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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11 Feb 2019 London £220.00 £250.00 £170.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course will include (depending on delegate requirements):

  • Basic immigration status and how it affects entitlement to public funds
  • Which persons from abroad can be allocated social housing and are eligible for the purposes of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996
  • Habitual residence test
  • European Economic Area: an explanation of what free movement and rights to reside mean
  • Which Europeans and their family members are entitled to public funds; including what the position is where spouses separate, there is a divorce or the ‘worker’ dies
  • Which EEA nationals hold Permanent Residence and are thus always entitled to public funds
  • Social services provision for persons from abroad
  • The new 'Right to rent' checks requirement for private landlords
  • Case law in all relevant areas

Note: Delegates are encouraged to bring cases and issues of concern for discussion.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how immigration systems work
  • Understand how eligibility works
  • Advise migrants appropriately.

Suitable for

Advisers, policy makers and housing providers who need to know about the law concerning immigration and housing. Delegates will need a good basic knowledge of the framework of housing provision.

Note: This course complements our 'European Nationals, Workers from Abroad and Housing Rights' course. It does not cover any other groups than those stated. People who ONLY need to know about EU nationals, may find the 'European Nationals' course more suitable.

Meet the trainers

John Shortridge: 16 October 2018

John has been a freelance trainer and consultant for over 15 years. He has written training materials on many aspects of housing and homelessness law, debt and welfare benefits and tailored courses on these themes for numerous local authorities, volunteer organisations, housing associations and colleges.

John was also an adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau Service for 10 years. In June 2002 he completed the Common Professional Examination (Diploma in Law) with commendation.

John has a lively, interactive training style.

Ariane Adam: 11 February 2019

Ariane Adam is a barrister at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. Her practice is focused on equality and human rights in the areas of housing, homelessness, and immigration. She is also frequently contracted to undertake human rights evaluations, and to produce policy and research papers for international bodies and organisations. Ariane has extensive experience in possession and homelessness matters, which has included volunteering at Greenwich Housing Rights as a duty advocate. Her knowledge of and experience in discrimination law have made her especially well placed to advise and pursue disability discrimination arguments in this area. She has particular experience in representing young and vulnerable people and individuals with mental health difficulties.

CPD hours 5