I hope you are well...
I have been reading the posts directly related to the search string ‘welfare' and seek some clarification.
My husband – Canadian citizen who is sponsoring us ... if he is applying as outland application from Australia, does ‘welfare' only relate to him on the application?
The Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit are credited to my bank account for our children. Whilst he is their dad, the payments are not received in his name to his bank account, so as such doesn't receive 'welfare'.
Reason why I ask.... as our family & many others in Australia, we receive from the government ‘family assistance' – it's one of those things based on how much income you earn in a fiscal year and the more you earn the less ‘family assistance' you receive etc.... however it's not classed as an unemployment benefit. Both are treated differently and it is for the cost of raising children.
He is Employed and I do some work with my ‘hobby' business (in between looking after our children) – so really neither of us are ‘unemployed'.
The Family Assistance Payment we receive is classed as Child Care Benefit and Family Tax Benefit (which I think Alberta run similar programs).... however... is this considered ‘welfare' by way of the CIC's interpretation?
Whilst I am cognisant of there being no need to provide income proof from my husbands end etc – will being in receipt of those two payments need to be provided on the application form although they are in my name and credited to my bank account??
We currently receive Child Care Benefit & Family Tax Benefit in Australia and we are receiving NO unemployment benefits.
Another factor is that the Australian Government for a period of not more than three years provide a base rate of pay for Family Assistance while being Overseas (some agreement between Australia & Canada!). After this period it would stop or upon permanent residency etc. How does that relate to the whole ‘welfare' clause given it's something that is automatically applied from the Australian Governments end?
I know it's a bit country specific and I don't know if there are other Australian's who have been in the same scenario...or, if anyone can understand what I am on about above...
The definitions of Welfare may be the same, however I guess it's understanding what CIC's interpretation is?
Any insight would be rrrrrrrrrrrrrrreally appreciated.....