Dallas, TX asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for Texas

Q: I’m a L-1 visa, can I apply for unemployment benefits due to coronavirus outbreak?

I work for a hotel as manager with an L1 visa, due to corona virus we had to close until further notice, I tried to apply for unemployment benefits online but requires the alien registration number ( which I don’t have). Also I don’t want this to affect my migration status

1 Lawyer Answer
Adan Vega
Adan Vega
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Those who are not citizens can apply and receive unemployment benefits if all of the state requirements are fulfilled.

You must have a valid work permit or any immigration status that allows you to work such as a green card, asylee, DACA or TPS status.

You must be authorized to work at the time you apply for the benefit and throughout the time you receive the benefit. In certain states you must have completed calendar quarters before you start receiving unemployment benefits.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.