Certify for Weekly Benefits

Unemployment benefits are claimed on a weekly basis beginning on Sunday and ending at midnight on the following Saturday. After applying for benefits you will need to file your first weekly certification. You should certify at the end of the week in which you applied for benefits, but no later than 21 days after the date you filed your application. For example, if you filed your application for benefits on June 1, the VEC must receive your first weekly request for payment no later than June 29.

Each week you must certify for weekly benefits in a timely manner and answer questions about the following:

  1. Employment
  2. Ability to work
  3. Work Search
  4. Job Offers/Refusals

The fastest way to certify for weekly benefits is through the Virginia Employment Commission's Claimant Self-Service (CSS) online portal. Click the links below to access the CSS portal:

  • English Claimant Self-Service Portal 
  • Spanish Claimant Self-Service Portal

If you are unable to use the online services, you can certify for weekly benefits using our Voice Response System (VRS) by calling 1-800-897-5630.

You will file your weekly requests for payment of benefits until you report that you have returned to work, your benefits have run out, or your benefit year ends.

Note: If you fail to file your weekly request within 21 days of the prior claim week’s Saturday, you will no longer be able to file until you call the VEC Customer Contact Center at 1-866-832-2363.

For more detailed information about how to file for weekly benefits or eligibility requirements, please read the claimant handbook which can be accessed by clicking this link: Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Claimants | Virginia Employment Commission.

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