New Monthly Payments for Families Through Child Tax Credit

Last updated on July 27, 2021

The U.S. government recently expanded a benefit for families called the “Child Tax Credit” (CTC). Starting on July 14, the government will send monthly payments to families who qualify, of up to $300 per month per child. Families will NOT have to wait until they file taxes to receive this financial support.

Are asylum seekers eligible to receive these payments? 

It depends. To receive Child Tax Credit payments, you need:

  • A social security number for each child
  • An ITIN or social security number for the parents. (Note: You can get an ITIN without a social security number–read this article for information on how to get one.)

Do you need to do anything to receive these payments, if you are eligible?

  • If you filed your taxes before May 17, 2020, you will receive these payments automatically and you don’t have to do anything! You can check here if you are registered to receive payments.
  • If you did not file your taxes in the year 2020, you can register on this site to receive these monthly payments.

How much money will you receive each month, if you are eligible?

Starting July 15, 2021 you can receive payments up to:

  • $300 per month for each child under the age of 6
  • $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 and 17

The exact amount families will receive depends on their income.

Does receiving these payments from the government affect your asylum case?

No! Receiving the Child Tax Credit will not affect your immigration status, your ability to apply for asylum, or your ability to apply for a green card in the future.

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