Step-by-step instructions for Filing an Unemployment Insurance (Unemployment Benefits) Application

You indicated on the previous page that you are a 1099 employee, independent contractor, self-employed, "gig" employee or worked for an employer who did not participate in the Unemployment Insurance program.

You must complete two applications in order to receive benefits. The first application is the regular Virginia Unemployment Insurance benefits application. The second application is for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the federal CARES Act.

STEP 1

Complete the Unemployment Insurance (Unemployment Benefits) Application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Your application will be denied if you are a 1099 employee, independent contractor, self-employed, "gig" employee or worked for an employer who did not participate in the Unemployment Insurance program. The denial, required by federal law, will enable you to apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

STEP 2

The Monetary Determination Letter, which should be sent to you in 7 to 10 days, confirms that you are not eligible for the regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits. Note: You may receive a text or voice message that says you have a $0 monetary determination and directions to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Move to Step 3.

STEP 3

Create an account at web.getgov2go.com and complete the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance application, or file it by phone at 1-866-832-2363.

STEP 4

Each week, call 1-866-832-2363 or go to web.getgov2go.com (recommended on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday) to fill out your weekly PUA Continuing Claim Form for the prior week as long as you are unemployed.

NOTE: The requirement to seek employment weekly has been temporarily suspended. However, you are still required to complete the weekly PUA Continuing Claim Form.

Additional Information

The CARES Act also provides an additional $600/week (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, FPUC) to supplement the state unemployment benefit through July 25. You do not need to apply separately for this supplemental benefit; it will be sent automatically if you are eligible.

Due to the high volume of applications, your benefits check could be delayed several weeks. However, you will be paid retroactively for all weeks in which you qualify since your initial claim. You must complete the PUA Continuing Claim Form weekly even if you have not yet received payment.