If you’re making an application for indefinite leave to remain under the Domestic Violence Rule, you can access accommodation and to welfare benefits through the DDVC while you make your application.
Through the DDVC, you will be granted 3 months’ temporary leave to remain which allows you to access public funds. This means that you will be able to access a refuge place because you will be entitled to housing benefit.
To apply for the DDVC, you must show that:
It is important to understand that this 3 months’ temporary leave replaces your spouse or partner visa. The application does not grant you any permanent right to remain, so you must submit your application for ILR under the Domestic Violence Rule before the end of the 3 months.
If you have submitted your application for ILR within the 3 months leave and the Home Office take longer than the 3 months to decide the application for ILR, then your temporary leave to remain will continue until a decision is made.
If you do not make an application for ILR within the 3 months temporary leave period, and you make no other application for leave to remain, you will become an over-stayer and lose your right to financial support. You will not be able to switch back to your former leave as a spouse or partner.