Department of Work and Pensions bulletin informs us that spouses from abroad that have suffered from domestic abuse will be granted a Destitute Domestic Violence (DDV) concession from the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
DWP Bulletin HB/CTB U2/2012 states:
1. From 1 April 2012 domestic violence victims who came to the United Kingdom (UK) or were granted leave to stay in the UK as the spouse or partner of a British Citizen or someone settled in the UK will be granted a Destitute Domestic Violence (DDV) concession from the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
2. The concession will last for three months, while the UKBA considers the person’s claim to stay permanently under the Domestic Violence Immigration Rule. During this time the person will be able to seek access to emergency refuge accommodation and claim financial help through income-related benefits, including HB and CTB.
3. Individuals who have been granted limited leave under the DDV concession will be exempt from both stages of the Habitual Residency Test (HRT) but will need to confirm their status by providing as evidence the UKBA granting them limited leave to remain.
4. Existing processes and procedures for people with limited leave to remain should, therefore, be applied to this category of claimant.
5. Guidance is included in the Appendix A below. Similar information and guidance has been sent to Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service.
See full bulletin here http://tinyurl.com/7vcuudr