COVID-19 & Unemployment Insurance

In April of 2020, 20.5 million jobs were lost in the US, raising the unemployment rate to almost 15%.

The COVID-19 crisis has many immigrants around the US are wondering what will happen with their immigration case if they collect unemployment insurance. We’re here to tell you that taking unemployment benefits will not negatively affect your Public Charge test.

You will not be considered a public charge if you collect unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 crisis, because the government considers this to be something that you’ve already earned as a worker and does not consider it a public benefit.

The USCIS Policy Manual states that unemployment insurance to be a “public (benefit) that USCIS does not consider in the public charge inadmissibility determination as they are considered earned benefits.”

If you or someone in your family has filed for unemployment insurance, you don’t need to worry about it affecting your Public Charge test.

If you have questions about your specific case or related to Public Charge, give us a call. We can help.

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