Helping workers who are financially struggling is the goal of unemployment insurance and the state of Georgia has tools to help during this public health and economic crisis.
Georgia is home to over 20,000 active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries. Since the program began in 2012, DACA individuals have had the opportunity to work lawfully in the U.S. In Georgia, DACA recipients contribute approximately $66 million a year in state and local taxes and have a spending power of approximately $802.7 million annually. DACA recipients who have been laid off during the coronavirus pandemic can apply for unemployment insurance, if they meet the eligibility criteria.
What is Unemployment Insurance?
Can DACA recipients apply for Unemployment Insurance in Georgia?
- Have been laid off from their last employer due to no fault of their own;
- Have proof of lawful presence in the U.S. A person is lawfully present if they are:
- A U.S. Citizen
- A lawful permanent resident
- Is a non-citizen legally present in the U.S. DACA recipients are lawfully present through the expiration date on their most current Employment Authorization document.
- They are able, available, and actively searching for suitable work. (The Georgia Department of Labor has waived this requirement during the coronavirus pandemic for all new cases filed on or after March 14, 2020, but previous applicants must still meet the requirement.)
If the Supreme Court ends the DACA program, how will that impact eligibility for Unemployment Insurance?
Are undocumented immigrants without DACA eligible for Unemployment Insurance?
Does receiving Unemployment Insurance make me a public charge?
What about other states?
DACA recipients may be eligible for state unemployment benefits as long as their work authorization is valid; however, unemployment benefits eligibility varies from state to state; we are looking into each state to see if DACA recipients are eligible for unemployment benefits and will update this page as we find more information.
To know if you qualify for unemployment benefits in your state, please visit the Department of Labor’s website in your state to learn more about their eligibility requirements.
Immigration COVID-19 Updates
- All immigration courts are closed until May 29, 2020.
- There will be no USCIS interviews until June 4, 2020.
- All consulates are still closed as of May 8, 2020.