I am a US citizen, quit my US job and moved out of US and been living out for about 10 years, can I go back to US and can I claim unemployment till I find a job there.

  • Unemployment benefits are financed through Federal and state taxes paid by employers and, in order to claim, employer information must be provided (and verified). – Giorgio Nov 8 at 19:43
  • Are you trying to claim unemployment based on your last US job or your foreign job before you returned? If the former, unemployment benefits are usually not available if you quit; plus it has been too long since your job ended. If the latter, what country was it in and does it have an agreement with US states to transfer unemployment credits to the US? – user102008 Nov 10 at 5:31

If you can prove you are a US citizen, you can certainly return to the US. As for unemployment benefits, it will depend on the state, but generally states only provide unemployment benefits based on your recent employment in that state. For example, from Maryland's unemployment FAQ:

An unemployment insurance claim is filed against the state where you worked, not where you live. If all of your work in the last 18 months has been in a state other than Maryland, your claim should be filed against that state. The laws of the state you are filing against govern your claim. In most cases, you will be instructed to contact the state where you worked directly

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