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Default Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state?

Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state after being laid off? Can you please tell whats the procedure. I do not want to get into the debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state? I just need to know the procedure. Thanks.
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Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state after being laid off? Can you please tell whats the procedure. I do not want to get into the debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state? I just need to know the procedure. Thanks.
Texas Workforce Commission - Unemployment Benefits Services

Disclaimer: I don't live in Texas and above link was from a google search. Talk to an attorney to see if it will affect your GC process, before applying.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:24 PM
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Default Not worth the trouble

a while back I had read on the forums (do not know whether it was IV or elsewhere) where a guy got a visit from USCIS because he availed unemployment benefits for sometime.

I have also read about people getting benefits on AOS without any trouble.

Again, it is better to be safe.

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Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state after being laid off? Can you please tell whats the procedure. I do not want to get into the debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state? I just need to know the procedure. Thanks.
Yes, one of my colleagues in Dallas applied as he was unemployed for more than 8 months before he landed another job. However, the reason he applied is he was ok with having to go back to his home country incase of any complications. He is still is US and is happily employed.....This doesn't mean someone wont run into trouble by applying for benefits while in AOS.....Just sharing what I know....
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:38 AM
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Not sure if this help, but... http://www.uscis.gov/files/pressrelease/Public.pdf
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Default In CA

I don't know about Texas, but we live in CA and my wife (dependent on I-485) claimed unemployment benefits for about 3 months last year. We got a notice from EDD (Employment Development Dept) to send them a copy of EAD (for Alien Number) so they can let USCIS know that she has claimed unemployment benefits and if she is eligible in terms of immigration status.

A couple weeks later, we got another letter from EDD saying that after considering the decision from USCIS, you qualify for the unemployment benefits and your compensation per week would be so and so, etc.

(We have no idea what they actually asked USCIS and what USCIS answered them but nevertheless, they had a communication with them.)

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Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state after being laid off? Can you please tell whats the procedure. I do not want to get into the debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state? I just need to know the procedure. Thanks.
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Default UI is not a public charge

USCIS has clearly mentioned that UI benefits are not considered a public charge.
There are several threads in IV also on this topic.

eb3retro clearly mentioned that he/she is not interested in the 'debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state', but still many without even checking anything anywhere just going on doubting, worrying, suggesting nonsense, etc.
[even though eb3retro knows that getting ui benefits is not a problem for gc application, it is surprising that s/he doesn't know where to find better information on ui benefits! atleast IV is not the best place to look for it! when people lose their job, are they not supposed to get these information by mail from the employer? atleast that is the law in most states.]


Anyway many people ask even things like what is the fee for this/that application, etc? And people even argue on that when anybody can get these information very clearly from USCIS website. It looks like many people don't even read basic instructions.
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Default how much ?

i see the estimate tool is showing
max weekly is $415
max benifits is $10k

I thought it was like 1/2 of your salary.
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Has anyone claimed unemployment benefits in EAD in TX state after being laid off? Can you please tell whats the procedure. I do not want to get into the debate of whether UB can be claimed while in AOS state? I just need to know the procedure. Thanks.
If you just need the procedure and no discussion then why not call the unemployment office in your local area and find out yourself.
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i see the estimate tool is showing
max weekly is $415
max benifits is $10k

I thought it was like 1/2 of your salary.
It will be much less considering taxes and deductions like child support etc..
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Default thanks.

thanks a lot folks. that was great info. thanks to everyone who responded. still did not make up my mind if i have to go ahead with claiming UB.
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