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Changing my name and my visa type after marriage


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#11 Mrs G

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 07:29 AM

Sorry to contradict, Mrs G,


Not a problem, contradict away. The whole object of this site is to offer the fullest advice possible. Sometimes my answers are wrong sometimes right but whichever it may be, usually results in another opinion from some other source and so on....The best picture is the entire jigsaw!
At least Amanda will know a little more about the tax credit situation etc. ..now.



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Posted 23 May 2006 - 06:39 PM

Thank you all. This discussion has certainly given me food for thought! Not sure what I'll do yet but will at least send off for new passport ASAP. Good to hear that you get the old one back and can carry both about while travelling 'til new visa sorted.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:05 PM

Good to hear that you get the old one back and can carry both about while travelling 'til new visa sorted

It was someone on here that told me about it, Paul (ppron) I think?

Good luck with the baby making! If you only took six months leave for the new born I think you would be classed as employed.
I just thought that if you got it in your own right then you wouldn't have any hassles with interviews about your marriage etc( if you do, I don't know to be honest). My hubby did it in his own right even tho' we are married and it seemed to go ok

I found this on the web today, it may not be relevant to you but any info can help,
It is last years version but not many changes to this years I should think.

http://www.hmrc.gov....ets/wtc2.htm#c4

Maternity leave
Most women receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) or Maternity Allowance (MA) for the first 26 weeks of maternity leave (known as ordinary maternity leave). This can be followed by up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave, known as additional maternity leave.

For the 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave, whether or not you are receiving SMP or MA, you are still treated as being in work and able to claim Working Tax Credit, provided you usually worked at least 16 or 30 hours a week (whichever applied) immediately before going on maternity leave. This also applies if you are self-employed. If you are a first-time mother, you can claim Working Tax Credit from the date of birth of your first child, provided you usually worked at least 16 hours a week immediately before your maternity leave began.

When the 26 weeks of ordinary maternity leave are over, you continue to be eligible for Working Tax Credit if you begin work again at that point. Any further additional (unpaid) maternity leave does not count as being in work and you are not eligible for Working Tax Credit for this period.

let us know how you get on. This is a good site, we seem to get to know each other. I was wondering what you would do next....watch this space

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:10 PM

As the baby will be born to a UK citizen, the father can apply for child benefit and working tax credit and child tax credit in HIS name.


Mrs G, just spotted this. It is not totally right.

As regards Child Benefit, claimed by a single claimant, that must, as said, by claimed by the British Citizen husband. But Tax Credits need to be claimed jointly by a couple living together. Even though the wife has a visa saying "No recourse to Public Funds", that joint claim is OK in their circumstances, thanks for some "small print" in the Tax Credits legislation ..... Reg. 3(2), Tax Credits (Immigration) Regulations 2003.

you are still treated as being in work and able to claim Working Tax Credit


Any claim for Tax Credits would need to take into account the family income, not just the wife's income.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:42 AM

As the baby will be born to a UK citizen, the father can apply for child benefit and working tax credit and child tax credit in HIS name.


Mrs G, just spotted this. It is not totally right.

As regards Child Benefit, claimed by a single claimant, that must, as said, by claimed by the British Citizen husband. But Tax Credits need to be claimed jointly by a couple living together. Even though the wife has a visa saying "No recourse to Public Funds", that joint claim is OK in their circumstances, thanks for some "small print" in the Tax Credits legislation ..... Reg. 3(2), Tax Credits (Immigration) Regulations 2003.

you are still treated as being in work and able to claim Working Tax Credit


Any claim for Tax Credits would need to take into account the family income, not just the wife's income.


Agreed, sorry. I have to be more careful with my choice of words in future. I should have said that the BC is the MAIN claimant and the one who is bound by immigration rules is the joint claimant. I claimed as the main claimant and my husband who is the joint claimant was at the time bound by immigration rules. This is why I know about it. I try to simplify the language when answering as not everyone can understand the way the government writes information.
But my main reason for posting the link to working and child tax credits was to show that if you are off on maternity leave for six months you are classed as being in employment provided you have stated your intention to return to work.

Perhaps there should be a sub forum dedicated to queries regarding benefits/tax credits etc. You would be the ideal person to deal with those given your background.




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