Do You Have to Be a Citizen to File an Injury Claim?
While an employer cannot hire an undocumented worker, The Texas Workers’ Compensation Act covers documented and undocumented workers. If you have already retained a position, you have the right to receive workers’ comp benefits or pursue an injury claim—regardless of immigration status.
You are entitled to a safe workplace like any other employee. As long as the accident is reported and occurred on the job, you can pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Do You Have to Reveal Your Immigration Status?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you should never be asked about your immigration status. It is irrelevant to your work injury. OSHA strives only to help ensure worker safety, not report employees to immigration. So, you can rest assured that reporting your work injury won’t result in deportation or the loss of your job.