If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. This includes if you are ordered to not come into work because of COVID-19 precautions, or if your child is at home and you are unable to find childcare for them to allow you to return to work. Minnesota Governor Walz issued an executive order that waives the one week ‘waiting period’ to get unemployment benefits. Many clients are worried that receiving unemployment benefits due to public charge concerns. Unemployment benefits do not count against you for public charge purposes. You and your employer pay into unemployment insurance and it is not considered a state or federal benefit that would affect you regarding any public charge concerns.
There has been discussion about the government providing income checks to individuals or families. We do not yet know how these will be considered by immigration, if this is implemented. We will keep you updated as we find out more about how any potential payments due to COVID-19 will affect you in the future.