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Old Jan 27th 2014, 7:12 am
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Hi peeps,

Has anyone applied for working for families tax credits during their first two years here?

Trying to help a mate - and trying to make sense of the IRD's eligibility criteria now that the 'resident' (expiry: indefinite) and 'permanent resident' distinction exists.

(p.s. I am aware that this may have implications for the four year tax exemption period)

Thanks

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Old Jan 27th 2014, 8:56 am
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Don't understand .

Residency has a travel restriction during the first 2 years.

Thereafter the travel restriction is removed.

If they have residency ,whoever it is, can probably claim government benefits.
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Old Jan 27th 2014, 5:06 pm
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Hi Bevs,

Yeah that's what I thought but the wording on the IRD web page is very confusing (only two glasses of red wine involved at the time) with what constitutes residency (and eligibility) in their eyes.

Have packed him off to the local IRD office with his passports

Based on what little I have found in the internet, there seems to be some inconsistencies in how they are applying the residency rules when it comes to this. I.e. Depends on who you talk to as to whether you get it!

Is the first blue sticker these days (which simply says 'resident') classed as permanent residency with travel conditions?

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Old Jan 27th 2014, 7:45 pm
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My understanding is as follows

The blue sticker is residency but with travel restrictions

However, these travel restrictions include government help. You need to be a resident for at least 2 years before being able to claim any sort of government benefit.
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Old Jan 27th 2014, 9:49 pm
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Hi. We have been here since June 2013. We are on a resident visa with travel conditions. Hubby earns under $50k per year and I earn $4 per year - not a lot I know! We claim $29 per week for our child. You can claim from the first week you are here as long as you have a residents visa, travel conditions make no difference.

We were required to send in copies of our passport and visa page. It took 2 weeks in total to sort out. I know $29 does not sound a lot but it does help us out. We are very grateful.
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Thanks folks. He popped in down to IRD office today and it's looking promising
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