Waiting Week

As of September 5, 2021, the unpaid “Waiting Week” for unemployment insurance (UI) has been reinstated. The "Waiting Week" is the very first week of your claim. You must claim the week and meet all eligibilty requirements, but nobody is paid for that first week. The first payable week would be the second week of your claim. You can submit your weekly claim by calling 1-800-897-5630 or by visiting our web site www.vec.virginia.gov.