The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is a disaster relief program for Washington state's low-income immigrant residents and their households. The program uses federal CARES Act funds to provide a $1,000 cash grant to eligible individuals. It is meant for residents unable to access federal aid and state unemployment insurance based on their immigration status. Because this is considered to be disaster assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic – a declared disaster, this payment should not be considered as part of the public charge rule when people apply for a green card. This program is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
The non-profit organization Scholarship Junkies is responsible for collecting the personal information you voluntarily submit on the online application for Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund. Scholarship Junkies has the appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your information. They will not share your data with government entities, including the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Office of the Governor.
- Application open period: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to Friday, May 21, 2021
- Application review period: On-going
- Award decisions (approved or denied): Friday, May 21, 2021 to Tuesday, June 15, 2021
- Payment disbursement: All payments will be sent out by June 30, 2021. Checks and prepaid debit cards may take two to three weeks to receive in the mail.
- $1,000 per approved adult
To apply, you must meet ALL of the requirements below:
- Be at least 18 years old or older
- Live in Washington state
- Be significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as loss of employment or significant reduction in work hours, contracting the COVID-19, or caring for a family member who contracted the COVID-19
- Have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty limit.
- Is not eligible to receive federal economic impact payments or unemployment insurance benefits due to their immigration status.