Apply for Benefits

If you have already completed your initial application and need to file a weekly claim, click here.

If you have a question about your existing claim, we can provide a summary of your claim status using the Virginia Employment Commission’s Interactive Claims Assistance. To access this new feature, click here.

You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if you have been laid off, furloughed, had hours reduced, or cannot return to work due to circumstances related to COVID-19. For an explanation of current unemployment benefit programs, please click here.

Note: Not everyone qualifies for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. There are many variables in determining eligibility.


If you have been notified by VEC that you don't qualify for state Unemployment Insurance benefits but are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, click here.

Note: If you have been notified that you exhausted your Unemployment Insurance benefits in the past 12 months, you may be eligible for benefits under the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. To learn more and apply, visit

To apply for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), please click here