Link To News: Will Filing For Unemployment Hurt My Green Card? Legal Immigrants Are Afraid

From NPR


Alex is American, but Daphne is from Germany. NPR is using only their first names because they are waiting for the U.S. government to decide whether to grant Daphne a green card. This piece of paper would turn her from a temporary visitor — a foreign student — into a permanent resident, extending her right to work and live with her husband in the United States.

Theirs were among a half-dozen stories NPR gathered about legal immigrant workers, people earning a living and paying taxes in the U.S. yet fearful that collecting unemployment might jeopardize their immigration cases. Some were waiting on their first green cards; others were extending their residency or were even on the verge of becoming citizens.

‘What I’m seeing is a lot of clients who are eligible to apply for unemployment are simply too afraid to do so,’ said New York-based immigration lawyer Tsui Yee. ‘Does [unemployment] somehow trigger a red flag for immigration services? Since COVID started, that question has come up repeatedly.’


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