Can someone on H4 EAD apply for unemployment benefits?

USCIS seems to have made exceptions for COVID-19. Would this be a public charge issue?

“For example, if the alien is prevented from working or attending school, and must rely on public benefits for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery phase, the alien can provide an explanation and relevant supporting documentation. To the extent relevant and credible, USCIS will take all such evidence into consideration in the totality of the alien’s circumstances.”

We do not recommend to apply for unemployment benefits even if you are eligible as H4 EAD holder.

We have clarified about unemployment benefits for H1B families with references from what attorneys are saying here:

Good to know, thanks.

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