From New Year's Day, European migrants coming to the UK will have to wait three months before claiming out-of-work benefits, Downing Street has announced,
The new regulations have been rushed through Parliament to be in place in time for the January 1 lifting of access restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.
The move was among a set of measures to restrict so-called benefit tourism announced last month by David Cameron, amid concerns about a predicted influx of Romanians and Bulgarians when they gain full rights to live and work in the UK at the start of the year.
Downing Street said it was unlikely to be in place in time for the arrival of the first migrants taking advantage of their new access rights on New Year's Day, but the restriction is now being brought forward.
From January 1, with a few exceptions, all migrants from other EU states will have to wait three months before claiming JSA of up to £71 a week.
After six months on JSA, only those who can provide compelling evidence that they have a genuine chance of finding work will be allowed to continue claiming.