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CCB question (18 month residence rule?)

lchazl

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Jan 31, 2018
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I have called the hotline and gotten different answers so I've come here:
  • I'm a Canadian citizen, wife will get PR later this year
  • had child abroad earlier this year
  • now we all are back to Canada
On the RC66SCH form it says under "Temporary Resident":
you or your spouse or common-law partner must meet both of the following requirements:
• were a resident of Canada throughout the previous 18 months
• have a valid permit in the 19th month other than one that states "does not confer status" or "does not confer temporary resident status"

Question is, even though I am a citizen, if I didn't reside in Canada for the last 18 months then we can't get CCB (until residing here 18 months)? Seems odd. What about families where both parents are PR and land here, must they also wait 18 months to apply (and not get the benefits retroactively)?
 

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I have called the hotline and gotten different answers so I've come here:
  • I'm a Canadian citizen, wife will get PR later this year
  • had child abroad earlier this year
  • now we all are back to Canada
On the RC66SCH form it says under "Temporary Resident":
you or your spouse or common-law partner must meet both of the following requirements:
• were a resident of Canada throughout the previous 18 months
• have a valid permit in the 19th month other than one that states "does not confer status" or "does not confer temporary resident status"

Question is, even though I am a citizen, if I didn't reside in Canada for the last 18 months then we can't get CCB (until residing here 18 months)? Seems odd. What about families where both parents are PR and land here, must they also wait 18 months to apply (and not get the benefits retroactively)?
The rules you've quoted are for temporary residents and don't apply to you. Temporary residents are people who are here on temporary work permits, etc.

See here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-before-you-apply.html
 

lchazl

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Jan 31, 2018
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The rules you've quoted are for temporary residents and don't apply to you. Temporary residents are people who are here on temporary work permits, etc.

See here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-before-you-apply.html
Yes I get that but my wife is a Temp Res. And when I fill in her info on the RC66SCH, Step 3(D), it says that we must meet this requirement: me or her "were a resident of Canada throughout the previous 18 months" and we weren't as we weren't here. Or are you saying if we both were standard immigrants and were Temp Residents then the 18-month rule would apply, but since I'm a Canadian citizen this doesn't?
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Yes I get that but my wife is a Temp Res. And when I fill in her info on the RC66SCH, Step 3(D), it says that we must meet this requirement: me or her "were a resident of Canada throughout the previous 18 months" and we weren't as we weren't here. Or are you saying if we both were standard immigrants and were Temp Residents then the 18-month rule would apply, but since I'm a Canadian citizen this doesn't?
You should be the one receiving CCB because your wife doesn’t qualify. You qualify based on the date you and your daughter were together in Canada. You will need to provide information on international incomes for the past 2 years.
 

lchazl

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Jan 31, 2018
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You should be the one receiving CCB because your wife doesn’t qualify. You qualify based on the date you and your daughter were together in Canada. You will need to provide information on international incomes for the past 2 years.
Ok I get what you are saying and will do that (I will apply and attach a note from wife saying why she, a female, isn't). However for Step 3(D) for my wife what do I put for "Document 1:" with "Start Date" and "End Date"? Her TRV visa with the dates?
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Ok I get what you are saying and will do that (I will apply and attach a note from wife saying why she, a female, isn't). However for Step 3(D) for my wife what do I put for "Document 1:" with "Start Date" and "End Date"? Her TRV visa with the dates?
Male parent applying for CCB
  • Male parent is primarily responsible for the child
    If there is a female parent and a male parent in the family, and the male parent is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of all the children in the home, you must:
    1. Include a signed letter from the female parent stating that the male parent is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of all the children in the home
    2. Mail the letter and Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application to your tax centre
  • A letter is not required if both parents living with the child are of the same sex.
Would include in the letter that the father is the PR and the wife is being sponsored and that is why the father is applying. Both parents are living together with the child. Once the mother receives PR you will change CCB sponsorship payments to the mother. (assume that’s your plan)

You are filling out the wrong form. Since you are the one applying for CCB you should be filling out this:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/forms/rc66.html
 

lchazl

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Jan 31, 2018
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You are filling out the wrong form. Since you are the one applying for CCB you should be filling out this:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/forms/rc66.html
Yes you are right however the RC66SCH form was in addition to RC66 because in RC66:

"Step 5 – Newcomer or returning resident of Canada"

"Within the last 2 years, did your spouse or common-law partner (if you have one) become a newcomer to Canada or return after an absence of at least 6 months?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you have to fill out Form RC66SCH, Status in Canada and Income Information"

Or is she technically not a "newcomer to Canada" in the eyes of the government yet?
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Yes you are right however the RC66SCH form was in addition to RC66 because in RC66:

"Step 5 – Newcomer or returning resident of Canada"

"Within the last 2 years, did your spouse or common-law partner (if you have one) become a newcomer to Canada or return after an absence of at least 6 months?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you have to fill out Form RC66SCH, Status in Canada and Income Information"

Or is she technically not a "newcomer to Canada" in the eyes of the government yet?
Newcomer is confusing too. I would select yes for both question 5. On RC66SCH she is a temporary resdient.