Hi. I've read all of the responses and *still* a bit confused.
I'm American,and have a Tier-1 General UK Visa with no recourse to public funds.
I live in a flat with my boyfriend who is British. He needs to apply for housing benefit. I am not applying for benefit. However, according to the council, we are a 'couple' and he has to claim with me listed as his 'partner', and they have taken all of my financial details (down to scanning my travel receipts!) even though we are not married/in a civil partnership, and we don't share finances.
He has not filed the claim yet because he received a letter from the council that states "Your partner's visa states she has no recourse to public funds and continuing with this claim may put her in breach of the terms of her visa."
Again, I am not claiming housing benefit, but because they insist on me being classified as his 'partner', my details are associated with his claim. Now I'm worried I'll be denied any future leave to remain visa if he continues with his claim!!
The council told him that they send out that letter because they are required by law to do so, but they were unable to confirm whether my visa will actually be affected by his claim, and referred me to the Home Office. I've been in contact with the HO but still unable to get a straight answer!
My question is: Will his proceeding with his claim for housing benefit put me in breach of my visa or affect my chances for renewing my visa in the future?
Does the Home Office take the view that I am merely living with someone who is claiming benefit for himself and that only because of an administrative requirement by the council is my name associated with this claim, and will therefore have no relevance or affect any future application for my further leave to remain?
Or does the Home Office take the view that I am also his partner and by association am making a claim myself, and therefore breaching the terms of my visa?
He's got to let the council know in two weeks, so any help would be SO appreciated!!