I've been working for a small company as a contractor for almost 6 months. Now they've agreed to hire me full-time, but said they would like to do so through a government program in order to qualify for wage subsidies. They provided me with some instructions for when I register: one of them is that I must write my employment status as "unemployed for at least 6 months", which is one of the requirements for the subsidy.
I'm new in the country and really want this job, but I don't know how I feel about lying for it. I'm worried it might cause me trouble in the future, and I also find the situation humiliating. My family thinks I'm being too dramatic and that it's not a big deal. Am I making too much a big deal out of it?