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Immigration Status: Residency Status

immigration status: The program provides tax-free monthly payments of 541 for children under six and 457 per child aged six to 17, according to National Observer. Avvy Go says it doesn't make sense to deny assistance on the basis of immigration status of parents. The report titled Every Child Counts says eligibility requirements for the Canada Child Benefit are discriminatory. It estimates that as many as 3,000 families are ineligible because they await refugee status or have had temporary resident status in Canada for fewer than 18 months. Despite the federal government's poverty reduction efforts, many families stay suspended in poverty while they wait for the residency status required by the Canada Revenue Agency, the report says. Among them are parents who are working and paying taxes. ( As reported in the news.