American (non-EU) spouse dependant & Education Allowance

Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by Shane1984, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Shane1984

    Shane1984 Guest

    Hi,

    Can anybody shed some light on this.

    My OH is American. We are married and as I was unemployed on JSA (now on Enterprise Allowance), she is down as my dependant and I have been recieving a standard adult dependant supplement for her from the social welfare whilst she is unemployed (currently unable to work due to herniated discs).

    Now, if things don't take off as well as I'd hoped with my business, we are both considering the option of third level education next September. We are both over 23. And I'm 100% certain I qualify for BTEA.

    But here is where it gets sticky. Because she is non-EU we're not sure if she can qualify for BTEA as my dependant?

    We know adult dependants do qualify because of the following from the welfare.ie site;

    She has been living here with me for a year and a half as of time of writing. Come time of entering the course next September, it will be two and a half years she's lived in Ireland.

    Does anybody know if she will qualify for BTEA as my dependant next September?

    Or will we have to wait until she has Irish Citizenship in 2012?

    Thanks.
     
  2. daithimacgro

    daithimacgro Guest

    So shane, how did you do? Did your wife qualify for BTEA?

    I ask, as I might be in a similar situation myself very soon
     
  3. Ildánach

    Ildánach Frequent Poster

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    If other half has been eligible for adult dependent increase for the required time, they will be entitled to BTEA. Its as simple as that as far as I know.