If you lost your job due to Coronavirus, you likely qualify for unemployment insurance, which will pay you part or all of your lost wages for a period of time. Unemployment benefits are provided at the state level, so visit your state's unemployment insurance website to apply and find more information about:
How to file a claim
Supportive documents needed (vary by state)
Additionally, the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) temporarily expanded eligibility for unemployment insurance to:
Freelancers and independent contractors
Workers seeking part-time work
Workers who don't have a long enough work history to qualify for state unemployment insurance benefits
Workers who otherwise wouldn't qualify for benefits under state or federal law
Unemployment benefits also extend for an extra 13 weeks after regular unemployment compensation benefits are exhausted to help those who are unemployed after running out of state benefits and provides a federal benefit of $600 a week through July 31, 2020.
Other special circumstances will vary depending on each state, but generally, they include:
You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of it and are trying to get diagnosed
A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19
You are providing care for someone diagnosed with COVID-19
You are providing care for a child or other household member who can't go to school or to a care facility because it's closed due to COVID-19
You are quarantined or have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine
You were scheduled to start a job and no longer have the job or can't reach the job due to COVID-19
You have become the primary earner for a household because the head of household died as a direct result of COVID-19
You had to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19
Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19
You meet other criteria set forth by the Secretary of Labor
This document explains how immigrant workers must satisfy same basic requirements as other workers to be eligible for unemployment insurance.
The Balance Careers has a Filing for Unemployment guide with clear steps of what to do and to help you apply for unemployment insurance in your state.
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