In order to be eligible for unemployment insurance in Kentucky, a non-immigrant must have been granted work authorization. For example, students who have been working off campus using an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Students gaining educational credit for the work through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) will most likely not be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Students who worked for the University of Kentucky with on-campus work authorization are not eligible for unemployment benefits. There are a few minor exceptions to this rule, however, if a student believes that they may be an exception they should consult their own counsel.
If someone in F or J status receives unemployment benefits due to losing their job due to COVID-19 the person will not be considered a public charge. Unemployment benefits are not considered a public benefit and thus, a person who receives unemployment insurance will not be disqualified for future immigration statuses due to the public charge rules.