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I am going to be applying card soon. A while ago, I had

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I am going to be applying for a green card soon. A while ago, I had collected unemployment benefits after I was laid off (employer did not dispute it because it was their fault) I was on a visa at the time and didn't realize I was not allowed to. After I finished collecting the EDD I was notified by them that I did not qualify and I would need to pay it back. Since I didn't know I didn't qualify, I agreed to pay it back in increments.
My question is now that I am applying for a green card, will my collecting of unemployment benefits in the past (and agreeing to pay it back now) disqualify me from getting a green card. I don't want to seem like I tried to fraud the system, if I did, I would never have agreed to pay it back because I didn't know I didn't qualify and they sent it to me.
I entered the country legally as a student and have always had a student or working visa.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Jen Marie, Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I will be the immigration attorney helping you today.

As long as you are paying the EDD back then no it should not affect your current application for green card.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jennifer,Ok thank you. Are you 100% sure of that? The reason why I am worried is because I had a falling out with one of my room mates (I found out she was stealing money from me) so I had to report it to our landlord and when she left, she threatened to report me to ICE and to tell them I was committing a felony by collecting the benefits while I was on a visa. It's such a critical time for me for this GC and I want to double check that she is just making empty threats because even if she made a complaint, it would not be anything substantial that ICE would even investigate? She is looking for revenge so I'm not sure if she will make up a few more details if she made a call to ICE. She stole some of my money and I think she went through my mail and might have my ssn so I am worried she made that threat when she moved out.But the fact of the matter is I have always had a legal visa, legal ssn during my time in the US. She just knows how stressed out I am over the GC application so this is her way of hurting me. Will she have a case if she calls ICE?
Expert:  Jen Marie, Esq. replied 1 year ago.

I do understand what you meant. Yes, I am sure. You can read about it here:

" Earned benefits like unemployment compensation, veteran’s benefits, Social Security insurance benefits, and government pensions"

I hope this clarifies your doubts. Hope you can now leave a positive rating.

Expert:  Jen Marie, Esq. replied 1 year ago.

Hello again. I noticed that you were able to view my answer to you but you did not accept or ask me any other question. Is there any other follow up question that I can answer for you? Your satisfaction is my goal. Thanks for your consideration.

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