Columbia, SC asked in Immigration Law for South Carolina

Q: Do we need to declare Unemployment Benefits in I944? What category it belongs to in the form , Page 8- Question 16?

Do we need to declare Unemployment Benefits in filling out I-944? If Yes, is it a General assistance or Any Federal, State, tribal cash assistance for income maintenance ? The question is in I944 page 8 question #16.

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Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: Unemployment is not considered under the public charge rule, so do not list it under the public benefits section of the 944.

Question 6, on page 4, is where you'll add any extra income. I would recommend adding it since it won't go against you. Also, at least in CA, it's taxable. I'm unsure about SC. Because of this, it's being reported to the gov anyway. Further, if you've been laid off, they might want to know how you're supporting yourself.

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