Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Benefits based on Immigration Status
Undocumented workers are not eligible for North Carolina unemployment insurance benefits.
In general, workers must have valid work authorization during the base period used to determine the benefit amount, at the time they apply, and through the entire period they are receiving benefits.
Unemployment Benefits and Public Charge
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not list unemployment insurance benefits as public benefits in public charge determinations.
Self-Employed and Independent Contract Workers
Self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others who would not traditionally qualify for North Carolina unemployment insurance may qualify under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. Individuals with valid work authorization can file a claim for this program on the DES website as of April 24, 2020.
Please note there is a special hotline for PUA applicants, 866-847-72091.
PUA applicants can also call during additional special hours on Sundays from 12 – 5 p.m.
Where can I receive additional information?
Visit the DES COVID-19 help page for more information or call Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy at 980-256-3979
Usted tiene derechos. Sin importar su estado migratorio. Para protegerse usted y su familia, es importante saber sus derechos.
You have rights regardless of your immigration status. To protect yourself and your family, you must know your rights.
Nuestras organizaciones reconocen que la incertidumbre sobre el futuro puede causarles inquietudes a las familias inmigrantes. Esperamos que estos recursos puedan brindar las familias herramientas necesarias para convertir las angustias en acción.
Our organizations understand that uncertainty about the future creates anxiety for immigrant families. We hope that these resources below can give families tools to transform fear into action.
Juntos, podemos construir una comunidad más acogedora y justa para todas las personas.
Together, we can build a more welcoming and just community for all people.
El Centro de Apoyo Legal de Charlotte
El Puente Hispano
Guia De Planeación De Emergencia para la COMUNIDAD INMIGRANTE / An Emergency Planning Guide for the Immigrant Community
Conozca Sus Derechos: Guia sobre sus derechos / Know Your Rights: Guide to your rights
12 Cosas que usted y su familia deben recordar en cualquier situacion / 12 Things for you and your family to remember in any situation
Tarjeta Roja de Derechos Constitucionales / Red Card Outlining Constitutional Rights
Evite el Fraude de Notarios Públicos / Avoid Notario Fraud
Charlotte N.C.- “Stand up and raise your right hand,” Judge William Riggs said.
He looks expectantly at a Central American man in front of him, who’s wearing headphones to listen to the Spanish interpreter to the left of Riggs. Before she finishes translating, Riggs raises his own right hand to demonstrate the action.
After the man takes an oath, a baby, in the wooden benches designated for observers, starts whining. The mother bounces her knees up and down, attempting to soothe the child.
The immigrant’s lawyer explains his claim, and at one point, Riggs rests his chin in his hand.
It’s about 9 a.m., and this is the first of dozens of asylum cases he’ll hear that day. Once the lawyers finish, he either assigns a later individual hearing or orders the respondent removed from the country.
All of this takes place in Charlotte’s immigration court, located in a mundane office building in east Charlotte. There isn’t a sign outside to identify it, and once inside, you have to take a rickety elevator to the fourth floor — just three floors above an immigration law firm.
That’s where anyone in the Carolinas has to go to claim asylum, and its four judges are some of the strictest in the country.
Read more at charlotteobserver.com
Lourdes Juarez has lived in North Carolina since 2000, working part-time to help children with disabilities improve their motor skills. Originally from Mexico, she is now a lawful permanent resident of the United States with plans to apply for citizenship.
After bouts of pancreatic and liver cancer left her struggling with medical debt, she learned that she qualified for Medicaid, the government health program for low-income people. But she had a nagging concern that accepting government benefits would affect her chances of gaining citizenship. She had heard rumors to that effect among her friends and in the news.
Juarez’s fear reflects the growing sense among immigrants that they should avoid public programs, which also include food stamps and certain housing programs, in case they count against their ability to stay in the country permanently. In December, Juarez called the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, which reassured her that her citizenship would not be affected if she enrolled in Medicaid. Only then did Jaurez relax and sign up.
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