Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not answered here? Please email relief@immigrantreliefwa.org

What documents do I need to apply?

Before you apply, you’ll need to gather some documentation to show your identity and your residency in Washington State. For example, you could provide a copy of a state ID card, a driver’s license, or a utility bill with your name and address. You can see a table below with the full list of acceptable documents.

These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:

  • One item from List A, or
  • One item from both List B and List C


List A: Residency & Identity Documents


List B: Identity Documents


List C: Residency Documents

  •  Washington State Identification Card showing full name and Washington state address
  • Washington State Driver’s License showing full name and Washington state address
  • Current student identification card from a school located in Washington state
  • Any utility bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Cell phone bill or internet bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Insurance statement showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Bank statement showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • 2019 tax return showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • Paystub from employer showing your full name and your Washington state  residency address
  • Rent receipt showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Student identification card from any school
  • Passport from any country
  • Consulate card
  • Birth certificate
  • International Driver’s License
  • Metro card with photo 
Signed and dated letter* stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities:
  • Landlord acknowledging WA residency
  • A representative from your place of worship acknowledging WA residency

Who can apply?

To apply for the relief fund, you must: 

  • Live in Washington
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, contracting the virus, or caring for a family member who contracted it) 
  • You must not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status. Refugees, asylum seekers, COFA migrants, and DACA applicants are not eligible for the fund, since they can usually receive federal funds and unemployment benefits.
  • Your household must be low-income. This means that your household has an annual income that is below 250% of the federal poverty line. The maximum income to qualify for the fund depends on the size of your household. 

Can multiple people in my household apply?

Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or over the phone. Both options are available in multiple languages. The last day to apply is May 15: however, if funding runs out before then, the application may close early - so you should apply now! You should only apply to the fund once: do not submit an application multiple times.

To apply online:

Apply here. You can apply in Spanish, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean. The application is on a program called Submittable. To start the application, you will need to create an account on Submittable. This will require you to put in your email address, and create a password. Be sure to make note of the email address and password that you use to create your account, so you don’t forget.

In the application, you will fill out answers to questions, and will be required to upload some documents to verify your identity and residency. The application will take between 20 minutes and an hour to complete. 

To get help applying over the phone:

Call the WAISN hotline at 1-844-724-3737 (open every day, 6AM-9PM). Before you call, please gather the documents needed to verify identity and residency. Interpreters are available in many languages to help you over the phone. Please be aware that there may be delays as we anticipate very high call volume.

Once you are done applying:

After you apply, you’ll receive a confirmation email. This email will include your unique application number: please be sure to write this down. If you need to ask questions about your application later, you will need to know this application number.

You will continue to get updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted by June 15, and your payment will be sent by June 30 (though it may take 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail).

Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time. 

Is there an income requirement?

Your household must be low-income. This means that your household has an annual income that is below 250% of the federal poverty line. The maximum income to qualify for the fund depends on the size of your household. 

  • If someone lives with you and is dependent on your income (you pay their bills and support them), they are part of your household. For example, if you financially support a child or grandparent that lives with you, they count as part of your household.
  • If there are multiple employed people who support dependents, those incomes combined make your total household income. For example, if you make $12,000 and your spouse makes $18,000, then your total household income is $30,000.
  • If other roommates live in your home, but they’re financially independent (they pay their own bills), then they do not count as part of your household.

You can see the annual income limits below:

Household Size
Annual income limit
Average monthly income
1
$31,900
$2,658
2
$43,100
$3,592
3
$54,300
$4,525
4
$65,500
$5,458
5
$76,700
$6,392
6
$87,900
$7,325
7
$99,100
$8,258
8
$110,300
$9,192

What is Submittable?

Submittable is a company that offers application services for programs such as this. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and Scholarship Junkies have partnered with Submittable to manage the application process and distribute awards.  Scholarship Junkies will review and process all personal information.

If you do not currently have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to create an account prior to accessing the form. You will need to enter an email address and create a password: be sure to write the password down so you don’t forget it later. Submittable recommends using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari as browsers. Internet Explorer is not supported. 

If I got funding last time, can I apply again?

Yes! If you applied to the WA COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund in October or November of last year, you can apply again for more funding–whether or not you got funding last time. If you received funding before, that doesn’t impact your ability to get funding again now.

I am a refugee, asylum seeker, COFA migrant, or DACA recipient. Am I eligible for the funds?

Usually, no. Refugees, asylum seekers, and DACA recipients have work permits and can receive unemployment benefits–so they are not eligible for this fund.

How, and when, can I get the $1000?

The payment will be mailed to you as a check, a prepaid card (VISA), or ACH (which is a direct deposit into your bank account). You’ll be notified if your application is accepted by June 15, and your payment will be sent by June 30 (though it may take 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail).

Can I have my payment sent to a different address from my residential address?

Yes. Residence address is used to show residency in the state of Washington, but your mailing address could be a P.O. box, or any address where you receive their mail and/or feel more comfortable receiving it.

What should I do if I have technical difficulties or questions about my application status?

Do NOT submit a new application: it’s important that you only apply for yourself one time. For technical difficulties or questions about your application status or payment, you can text (253) 201-7867 (text messages only, no phone calls). Include your application number and the full applicant name. We will request further information as needed to look up your application status, but it is also helpful to include the phone number, residence address, mailing address and email on the application.

You can also contact the WAISN Hotline at 1-844-724-3737. They can look into your application status, or request re-issue of the payment.

Is my information safe?

Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.

How is the fund run?

The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. The government does not review applications and does not see any personal information.

Immigrant-led community organizations across the state are partnering with the Governor’s office and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the Legal Foundation of Washington to create this fund. While Washington State is providing the money and oversight,  they do not handle any personal information.

The community organizations in charge of the fund set the criteria, handle applications, distribute money, and keep personal information safe. The community organizations leading the fund are:

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
  • Fair Work Center
  • Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  • Nuestra Casa
  • OneAmerica 
  • Raiz of Planned Parenthood
  • Scholarship Junkies
  • Washington Census Alliance
  • Washington Dream Coalition
  • Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network

All of the organizations involved in the fund have worked for years with immigrant communities, including underserved farmworkers, low-wage workers, and immigrants who are Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, living with disabilities, and many others. They are all committed to the well-being and privacy of immigrant communities.

Will money from this fund prevent me from getting a visa or green card in the future because of the public charge rule?

No. Assistance from this fund is considered one-time disaster relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule. Receiving assistance from the fund should not impact your ability to obtain a green card.

Will I have to pay this money back? Will it affect my taxes?

No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.

What should I do if I have problems with my application, or questions about my payment?

If you have questions, you can text (253) 201-7867 (text messages only, no phone calls). Include your application number and the full applicant name. We will request further information as needed to look up your application status, but it is also helpful to include the phone number, residence address, mailing address and email on the application.


You can also contact the WAISN Hotline at 1-844-724-3737. They can look into your application status, or request re-issue of the payment.



How much can I receive through this fund?

You can apply to receive a one-time direct payment of $1,000 per person, with a maximum of $3,000 per household. You can receive the money as a check or gift card (Visa).

Do I have to pay this money back? Will this impact my taxes?

No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.

Can multiple people in my household apply?

Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application. No more than 3 people per household will receive funding (maximum of $3000 per household).

Is this different from the Seattle relief fund?

Yes. The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is for people living in Seattle. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is for anyone in Washington. If you live in Seattle, you can apply for both funds.

Who can apply?

To apply for the relief fund, you must:

  • Live in Washington
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, contracting the virus, or caring for a family member who contracted the virus) 
  • Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. We will prioritize those in greatest need.

How do I apply?

You can apply in: Chinese, English, French, Garifuna, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Filipino, or 
Vietnamese.

Before you apply, you should:

  1. Gather your required identity and residency documentation. You can review the list of approved materials below.
  2. Calculate your household’s  average monthly income.
  3. Click the “Apply” button then navigate to the “Register” button and create a Survey MonkeyApply Account. A few minutes after you sign up you will get an email to verify your account. Please make sure you verify your account.
  4. Complete all of the application questions. This may take some time. You can save your application and come back at any time.
  5. Once you are finished with your application find the large green “SUBMIT” button to send in your application.

After you apply, please make sure to check your email inbox or the junk email folder for your confirmation. You will also get a text message confirmation the day you submit your application. You may log back in and check the status to see if your application is being reviewed and if you are awarded the funding. Please only submit your application one time.

If you don’t want to complete the application online, you can print the application here and mail it to P.O. Box #84327, Seattle WA 98124.

If you get stuck, click here, or call 1-844-724-3737 for help with your application. Support is available in multiple languages.

After you apply, you’ll receive updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted within 3 weeks of applying. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive payment within 2 weeks after that.

Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time.

What documents do I need to apply?

These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:

  1. One item from List A, or
  2. One item from both List B and List C


List A: Residency & Identity Documents


List B: Identity Documents


List C: Residency Documents

  •  Washington State Identification Card showing full name and Washington state address
  • Washington State Driver’s License showing full name and Washington state address
  • Current student identification card from a school located in Washington state
  • Any utility bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Cell phone bill or internet bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Insurance statement showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Bank statement showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • 2019 tax return showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • Paystub from employer showing your full name and your Washington state  residency address
  • Rent receipt showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Student identification card from any school
  • Passport from any country
  • Consulate card
  • Birth certificate
  • International Driver’s License
  • Metro card with photo 
Signed and dated letter* stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities:
  • Landlord acknowledging WA residency
  • A representative from your place of worship acknowledging WA residency

*You may use this letter template for this application. 

Is my information safe?

Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.

According to our contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the only people with access to an applicant’s personal information are Scholarship Junkies (the community organization that manages the fund), Fair Work Center, and Seattle Credit Union (that distributes money). We will not share your information with anyone else. But if there is a legal subpoena, we may be legally required to release personal information. It’s unlikely that this would happen, but not impossible.

How is the fund run?

The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Will money from this fund prevent me from getting a visa or green card in the future because of the public charge rule?

No. Assistance from this fund is considered one-time disaster relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule. Receiving assistance from the fund should not impact your ability to obtain a green card.

How much can I receive through this fund?

You can apply to receive a one-time direct payment of $1,000 per person, with a maximum of $3,000 per household. You can receive the money as a check or gift card (Visa).

Do I have to pay this money back? Will this impact my taxes?

No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.

Can multiple people in my household apply?

Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application. No more than 3 people per household will receive funding (maximum of $3000 per household).

Is this different from the Seattle relief fund?

Yes. The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is for people living in Seattle. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is for anyone in Washington. If you live in Seattle, you can apply for both funds.

Who can apply?

To apply for the relief fund, you must:

  • Live in Washington
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been been significantly affected by the pandemic (such as losing work, contracting the virus, or caring for a family member who contracted the virus) 
  • Not be eligible to receive federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance because of immigration status

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. We will prioritize those in greatest need.

How do I apply?

You can apply in: Chinese, English, French, Garifuna, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Filipino, or 
Vietnamese.

Before you apply, you should:

  1. Gather your required identity and residency documentation. You can review the list of approved materials below.
  2. Calculate your household’s  average monthly income.
  3. Click the “Apply” button then navigate to the “Register” button and create a Survey MonkeyApply Account. A few minutes after you sign up you will get an email to verify your account. Please make sure you verify your account.
  4. Complete all of the application questions. This may take some time. You can save your application and come back at any time.
  5. Once you are finished with your application find the large green “SUBMIT” button to send in your application.

After you apply, please make sure to check your email inbox or the junk email folder for your confirmation. You will also get a text message confirmation the day you submit your application. You may log back in and check the status to see if your application is being reviewed and if you are awarded the funding. Please only submit your application one time.

If you don’t want to complete the application online, you can print the application here and mail it to P.O. Box #84327, Seattle WA 98124.

If you get stuck, click here, or call 1-844-724-3737 for help with your application. Support is available in multiple languages.

After you apply, you’ll receive updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted within 3 weeks of applying. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive payment within 2 weeks after that.

Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time.

What documents do I need to apply?

These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:

  1. One item from List A, or
  2. One item from both List B and List C


List A: Residency & Identity Documents


List B: Identity Documents


List C: Residency Documents

  •  Washington State Identification Card showing full name and Washington state address
  • Washington State Driver’s License showing full name and Washington state address
  • Current student identification card from a school located in Washington state
  • Any utility bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Cell phone bill or internet bill showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Insurance statement showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Bank statement showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • 2019 tax return showing your full name and Washington state  address
  • Paystub from employer showing your full name and your Washington state  residency address
  • Rent receipt showing your full name and Washington state address
  • Student identification card from any school
  • Passport from any country
  • Consulate card
  • Birth certificate
  • International Driver’s License
  • Metro card with photo 
Signed and dated letter* stating the full name and phone number of the person writing the letter from the following entities:
  • Landlord acknowledging WA residency
  • A representative from your place of worship acknowledging WA residency

*You may use this letter template for this application. 

Is my information safe?

Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.

According to our contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the only people with access to an applicant’s personal information are Scholarship Junkies (the community organization that manages the fund), Fair Work Center, and Seattle Credit Union (that distributes money). We will not share your information with anyone else. But if there is a legal subpoena, we may be legally required to release personal information. It’s unlikely that this would happen, but not impossible.

How is the fund run?

The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

Will money from this fund prevent me from getting a visa or green card in the future because of the public charge rule?

No. Assistance from this fund is considered one-time disaster relief assistance and should not be considered under the public charge rule. Receiving assistance from the fund should not impact your ability to obtain a green card.

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