Q: I am a permanent resident and am out of a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can I file for unemployment?
Will filing for unemployment be a means for deportation or jeopardize my chances for citizenship?
To be eligible for state unemployment benefits, you must fulfill the state eligibility requirements where you reside and work.
The receipt of state unemployment benefits will not negatively affect your permanent resident status nor your eligibility for naturalization provided that no misrepresentation or fraud has occurred in the application process.
Good luck to you.
A: As another colleague has already pointed out, so long as you complete and answer truthfully all questions on the unemployment application, you should be fine. Assuming that you were on payroll, unemployment is something you have been paying into each paycheck. Moreover, this shouldn't weigh negatively against you in a future naturalization case.
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