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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can obtaining unemployment benefit affect my situation now or in the future when applying for citizenship?

I am a refugee and stopped working due to the COVID-19. My question is whether getting unemployment benefits exposes me to deportation or prevents me from becoming a US citizen in the future?

Gunda Yohanna Brost
Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Apr 12, 2020

No because unemployment is an earned benefit.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Q: Does the Schengen Area travel ban exception apply if I live in the US and he lives in Germany?

My husband and I were discussing him coming to visit me during this pandemic (for personal health reasons), but I'm not sure if it's entirely possible. He's a foreign national (German) who resides in Germany. I know with the travel ban against the Schengen Area, he would generally be... Read more »

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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Apr 9, 2020

Being married per se will likely not allow him

entry but an approved immigration status would. You should explore petitioning for him.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: help with immigration

2016 I came to the United States with my German daughter (no us papers) she is only here on an esta. Tried filing for passport for her but she keeps getting denied. She is not granted citizenship because I have not lived in the states prior to her birth.us consulate in Germany said I have to go... Read more »

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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Apr 1, 2020

Consult directly with an immigration attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law on
Q: Can an approved i130 expire?

How long after the approval of i130 can a prospective immigrant wait to submit an affidavit from someone who meets the current guidelines? My husband lost his job, Im not sure if our approved i130 can "expire" if we dont go ahead with the immigration process soon. I dont know anyone else... Read more »

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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Mar 26, 2020

If there’s no movement on the case it will eventually be terminated typically within 2 years. You can reach out once a year to the NVC to try to keep it alive.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Will applying for unemployment effect my application for citizenship? I have a green card now.
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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Mar 20, 2020

If the unemployment is due to the Coronavirus that is highly unlikely to impact your naturalization.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: Can I apply for unemployment with a green card?
Gunda Yohanna Brost
Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Mar 20, 2020

Yes provided you otherwise qualify because you worked legally and it is an earned benefit

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on
Q: Can I apply I-485 through my wife NOW while still in J-1 visa waiver or do I need to WAIT till when my waiver finishes?

I started my J-1 visa waiver (as H1B since 2019). I am currently doing my J-1 visa waiver.

During my time in the waiver, I got married. My wife is a US citizen.

I got my I-130 approved.

Can I apply I-485 through her NOW while still in waiver or do I need to WAIT till 2022 when my waiver finishes?

Gunda Yohanna Brost
Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Mar 1, 2020

You can apply now but you will not get a green card until the waiver is approved, possibly requiring you to request delaying adjudication of the pending I-485. I hope you have a reputable immigration attorney handling your case as these types of waivers are highly complex.

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on
Q: Can I get my husband who's a immigrant fr Honduras a Visa even if he's in the United States already he is 21 so am I.

He came to the United States illegally when he was 15. And we just got married and also have a baby together.

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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Feb 27, 2020

Hi there: If there was only one unlawful entry and he has no other disqualifying immigration or criminal history, there may be a way through filing an alien relative petition followed by an unlawful presence waiver if you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder. This is a highly complex process so... Read more »

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Q: Can receiving unemployment benefit affect my permanent residency status now or in future when applying for citizenship?

I am a Lawful Permanent Resident and have been recently laid off due to lack of work. My question is whether receiving unemployment benefit will be a ground for termination of my Green Card or deportation or preventing me from becoming a U.S. citizen in future?

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Gunda Yohanna Brost answered on Oct 14, 2019

Currently you cannot be denied citizenship for LAWFULLY receiving assistance but it can be an issue in several scenarios such as wanting to sponsor someone or if you want to travel abroad. Furthermore the current administration is trying everything they can to disqualify immigrants who have... Read more »

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