Can asylum seekers receive unemployment benefits?

June 11, 2021

Millions of people have lots their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and are now receiving unemployment benefits. In general, immigrants with work authorization can qualify for unemployment benefits, but the rules and requirements vary by state.To learn how to apply in your state, visit this website: State-by-State Unemployment Benefits Finder.

The following organizations may also be able to help you apply for unemployment benefits in your state:

CALIFORNIA
Legal Aid at Work
(866) 864-8208
https://legalaidatwork.org/?lang=es

Centro Legal de la Raza:
(510) 646-0521

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Legal Services
(800) 453-3320

FLORIDA
Orlando
Florida Legal Services
(407) 801-4350

Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor & Union Counties
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
(904) 356-8371
(866) 356-8371

St. Johns County
Jacksonville Area Legal AidSt. Augustine
(904) 827-9921
(877) 827-9921

Clay County
Jacksonville Area Legal AidGreen Cove Springs
(904) 284-8410
(866) 284-8410

GEORGIA
Access to Law Foundation
(229) 474-3400
https://www.abogadadelagente.com/

ILLINOIS
Chicago
Chicago Legal Clinic
(312) 726 2938

Beyond Legal Aid
(312) 999-0056

MARYLAND
Washington Lawyers Committee
(202) 319-1000 ext. 123

NORTH CAROLINA
Buncombe, Madison, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford Counties
Pisgah Legal Services
(828) 253-0406
(800) 489-6144
https://www.pisgahlegal.org/espanol/

Charlotte
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
(800) 247-1931

NEW YORK
New York City
The Legal Aid Society
(888) 663-6880

Cabrini Immigrant Services
(212) 791-4590 ext. 100
http://cis-nyc.org/inmigracion-legal-y-servicios-sociales/

Brooklyn Defender Services
(332) 213-4193

Community Legal Advocates of New York
(516) 210-6763
https://www.cla-ny.org/es/inicio

Buffalo
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
(716) 853-9555

TEXAS
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
(888) 988-9996

San Antonio
Center for Working Families (CWF)
(210) 207-7830

Alamo Area Resource Center
(210) 358-9995

VIRGINIA
Washington Lawyers’ Committee
(202) 319-1000 ext. 123

Charlottesville, Richmond, Falls Church
Legal Aid Justice Center
(434) 977-0553

WASHINGTON DC
Washington Lawyers’ Committee
(202) 319-1000 ext. 123

For more information and resources from the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) visit our website.

Note: This information is for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.

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