OLYMPIA - Immigrants in Washington who didn’t qualify for CARES Act assistance or unemployment insurance are now entitled to personal grants through the state’s new COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. Those who apply will receive one-time direct payment of $1,000 per individual and $3,000 per family if they meet the criteria. The money is being awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Applicants must meet ALL requirements below:
- Be 18 years old or older AND
- Reside in Washington state AND
- Have experienced hardship due to the pandemic AND
- Did not receive a federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payment (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) due to immigration status AND
- Are not eligible for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic due to immigration status.
Officials say applying and being granted funds will not prevent a person from getting a green card or visa in the future. Information will not be shared with other government agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Information about the fund does not state whether illegal migrants are disqualified from receiving the fund.
The state encourages eligible applicants to apply by Dec. 6, 2020 at https://www.immigrantreliefwa.org/