Alexandra Vasquez Sarrine Discusses Unemployment Qualifications and Stimulus Checks for Nonimmigrants
We are in a time of great uncertainty as we deal with the devastation that the Covid-19 outbreak has brought with it. In addition to the rising death toll, the number of workers who have lost their jobs continues to rise as well. We’ve received a lot of inquiries from folks who are on H-1B, DACA or other nonimmigrant statuses, asking whether they will receive a stimulus check from the government pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or whether they qualify for unemployment now that they have lost their jobs.
Regarding the stimulus check, the IRS has already started to send stimulus checks based on 2018 and 2019 tax returns. If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return using a SSN number, and all household members included in the tax return had a SSN (not an ITIN), then you will receive a stimulus check if your household income was below a certain threshold.