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    what will happened to my JSA if i worked part time?

    Hi everyone ,
    that's my first post hope you can help me
    I am planning to work part time but i want to stay claiming JSA cause i need help to pay my courses ,
    i do not know a lot about the rules here i have been here for 6 months(refugee) , i am single and live on my own so will they stop my housing benefits if i worked like 14 hours a week ?

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    Few issues here. You have been here for 6 mths and you have a home and have found the welfare system? Damn I'm in the wrong game here.
    these are the rules re JSA https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/eligibility
    as you can see you can work LESS than 16 hrs. This will not affect housing benefit.
    But be aware JSA is meant to get people into FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT. You have to be available to go to interviews and stuff.
    You have to be actively seeking working and they expect to see proof of that.
    IF your studies are full time, that may mean you have less time to "seek work", so the Job Centre may wish to speak to you.
    DO get a job that pays a proper wage, not just cash. There is no protection from an employer if you are "off the book".
    Did you come here as a student visa or what?

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    Sorry to ask more questions, but I did a bit of research. This website may answer a lot of questions. www.gov.uk
    As you will see by this link https://www.gov.uk/claim-asylum
    if you are WAITING FOR A DECISION on claiming asylum status you are NOT allowed to work.
    From what i understand the "screening process" is long and overloaded, so how have you got a decision in 6 months???

    If you are here on a student visa, or travel visa, authority may want to see that you did not come here INTENDING to work.

    I would see an advisor who specialises in immigration and get clarification on your status and rights and responsibilitys

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