Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) provided for under the CARES Act

*** Important Next Step – See below ***

The CARES Act includes a provision of temporary benefits for individuals who are not eligible for regular/traditional unemployment insurance.

  • You had established a regular/traditional claim for unemployment insurance benefits. You were found to be Disqualified or Ineligible for those benefits.
  • You returned to work but then became separated from that new term of employment because of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
  • You are not eligible for regular/traditional benefits because the prior Disqualification or Ineligibility is still in effect.
  • Or, your status was otherwise affected by COVID-19
  • You are now able to file for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Please see the link below to Gov2Go and the PUA application.

**Please File the PUA application by clicking the link below**

Apply Online Now

or download the app:
download Apple Store app   download app from Google Play

A provision within the CARES Act is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. It will provide unemployment insurance benefits to those who are not covered by the regular/traditional Virginia state UI program.

  • The link above will take you to the PUA application. You will be asked to create a user name and password. Complete the application which should result in a confirmation number.
  • The VEC will process the PUA application. An effective date of the PUA claim will be established from the information in the application. The VEC will create a “monetary determination” as a result of this PUA claim and notify you of your benefit eligibility.
  • Please note that the VEC will retain your banking information from the original UI application. That information will carry over to the PUA claim.
  • The VEC may require additional documentation to validate your claim, reprocess your monetary determination or to investigate fraud.