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Offline anicelady

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Disability as public funds?
« on: January 16, 2018, 12:58:27 PM »
Hello all,

My son and I joined my husband here on spousal visa in August. My son is 17, and has been diagnosed with Autism since age 4. He cannot maintain any independent living of any sort. We are just starting the EHCP process (VERY different than the US IEP process.)
His therapist is encouraging my son to get disability assistance (financial), stating that he the doctor often works with foreigners and that it is legal to get while on the visa. The guidance seems to suggest otherwise, unless I'm misunderstanding which parts of disability assistance are allowed and which parts aren't. I'm having a lot of difficulty wrapping my head around this.
I plan on following up with a lawyer, but I'd greatly appreciate any advice or information you may have in the meantime.
-Non-priority spousal visa & son's settlement visa-
Date of online application: 26 April (27 April GMT) 2017
Date of biometrics: 4 May 2017
Package arrived in Sheffield: 10 May 2017
Date of "received by Sheffield" email: 11 May 2017
Tracker updated with "Decided": 30 July 2017
Date of "decision made" email: 2 August 2017
Visas received: 3 August 2017

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Re: Disability as public funds?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 01:18:56 PM »
The worker is probably well meaning, but ultimately the responsibility lies with you to ensure you don't claim for anything you are not allowed.

This is the current list of public funds;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-funds--2/public-funds

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Re: Disability as public funds?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 01:41:55 PM »
Yes, that was the guidance I had read too. I'm glad I double checked.
-Non-priority spousal visa & son's settlement visa-
Date of online application: 26 April (27 April GMT) 2017
Date of biometrics: 4 May 2017
Package arrived in Sheffield: 10 May 2017
Date of "received by Sheffield" email: 11 May 2017
Tracker updated with "Decided": 30 July 2017
Date of "decision made" email: 2 August 2017
Visas received: 3 August 2017

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Re: Disability as public funds?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 11:28:26 AM »
Yes, that was the guidance I had read too. I'm glad I double checked.

Your husband can claim a Public Fund called Child Benefit as he has a child in his household, if your husband, or you, earn less than about 50/60k a year and if your husband is allowed to claim public funds. CB is about £20 a week for a first child.

The Child Benefit claim MUST be in your husband's name only as it would be a breach of your visa conditions to put the claim in your name.

https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit
« Last Edit: January 17, 2018, 11:37:06 AM by Sirius »