Does USCIS check if I got unemployment benefits while I was working overseas ?
I never told to my home country that I left to go overseas .
As an aupair I thought that it wasn’t a real job since the little money my host family use to gave me it was just a pocket money and not a salary .
But I’m not sure , if there’s a way that USCIS can find this out and report me in my home country and I would probably get in trouble and denies my marriage request visa .
does USCIS have access of this kind of informations ? also the USCIS office is in my home country so I’m wondering if they have also access of my taxes returns and of my employment benefits. ??
I’m so anxious and can’t stop to think about it .
1 attorney answer
I have no idea what your home country is or how things may be done there. Here in WA, persons who get unemployment benefits have to do many things to be eligible for unemployment benefits. Among those things are that they must look for at least a certain number of jobs each week and file a report with the office that handles unemployment benefits. If the person is outside of the US, the person usually cannot truthfully comply with those requirements.
Once the unemployment office discovers that the person is getting benefits for which the person is not eligible, the office informs the person to return the benefits that the person received while not eligible. IF the person does not voluntarily return the benefits, the prosecutor may file criminal law charges against the person for lying on the forms to get the benefits.
In some countries, a person has to get permission from the governments of those countries to leave the countries. Among the information the person would need to provide likely is where the person has been living in the last few years.
USCIS will find out where you have been living and working in the last five years because you will be telling USCIS all that information.
As far as I can tell, USCIS is not going to be contacting your country's government to discuss your employment history.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.