A car valeter dishonestly pocketed more than £30,000 in benefits in a fraud spanning almost five years, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Ako Salih claimed the money while working self-employed for two periods, between July 2007 and May 2013.
Salih came to the UK from Iraq in 2002 and was granted indefinite leave to stay.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to eight offences of benefit fraud, totalling £30,874, prosecutor Emma Downing told the court.
She said the claims related to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Job Seeker's Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.