Can DREAMers get pandemic uneployment insurance?
In addition to DACA approved DREAMers receiving CARES Act stimulus checks of $1,200, they may also be eligible for the expanded unemployment benefits under the same law. Here is what you need to know:
- It all depends on the state that you live in. California is the most generous but Republican-controlled states are the least.
- Since CARES Act covers many non-traditional workers (e.g. contract workers, self-employed, gig economy workers, etc.), the rules are slightly different, though, in general UI benefits are limited to citizens and other long-term residents. In other words, check with your state's UI office. If the information is provided on the website, you will know if you are covered; if not, do not hesitate to call to ask if you are eligible.
- The other harmless thing to do is to simply apply; the worst that can happen is that your claim will be denied.