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Do you have to have held CSI when receiving Jobseekers’ Allowance?

STOP PRESS - See this FAQ for important information on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance.

Recent developments will likely affect many areas including nationality, naturalisation, registration, access to benefits and more. The answer given below is therefore now out of date.

In the meantime, if you believe you are affected, please seek legal advice. If you have suffered loss because of past decisions where the Home Office said you did not meet the CSI requirement, please email us at .


By having claimed JSA, you will generally be classed as either having retained worker status (if you worked before receiving JSA) or as a jobseeker. In these categories, no CSI is required. There are time limits on this, however. Unless you were previously working, and did not remain on JSA for more than 6 months, you should seek legal advice.

Note: this question, like other FAQs on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI), relates to applications for British citizenship, when considering whether periods of past residence were lawful.

CSI was not required to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Once pre-settled or settled status has been granted, you are lawfully resident, and you do not need CSI.