I'm unsure about a question on the I-751 form, hopefully someone can help. We are trying to file this week so any help is appreciated at this time.
My wife is currently on unemployment due to the pandemic, and is currently in Brazil for a family emergency. She tried to begin the process to claim her unemployment benefits online and our state's department of labor flagged it and she may get penalized, as if you're unemployed, you're not supposed to try and claim benefits from out of the country. For what it's worth, she was in the country for part of last week and is entitled to partial week benefits. Long story short, it's possible she will lose a week or two of unemployment benefits as well as the possibility of a small fine from the department of labor. .
Question 20 on the I-751 form states:
"Have you ever been arrested, detained, charged indicted, fined, or imprisoned for breaking or violating any law or ordinance (excluding traffic regulations), or committed any crime which you were not arrested in the United States or abroad?" There are then check boxes for yes and no.
My wife has never committed a crime or anything of the like. If she even gets fined for this, would we need to disclose it? It seems like question 20 is talking about criminal matters only, including being fined for a crime. I've done the research and if she does get a fine from the department of labor, this is NOT a criminal or even civil matter. It's basically a penalty you pay to the department of labor for negligence, and the dispute exists between the unemployment claimant and the department of labor only.
Thanks in advance.