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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

What is the Virginia Unemployment Insurance Program?

 

Individuals are eligible to file a VA unemployment claim if they have either been laid off or fired through no fault of their own. Virginia Unemployment insurance is a federally supported program to prevent the cascade of negative effects to individuals and families who have lost income. Virginia unemployment insurance is a large program with connections to the National School Lunch program, Veterans Assistance programs, and the federal Pell Grant fund that is applicable to job training. Although federal EDD unemployment is available for all states, each state has different policies.

Virginia’s eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance coverage have changed as of 2016, and it is imperative that anyone seeking benefits learn about how they are processed. For example, Virginia had changes in its unemployment benefits rate and eligibility requirements in 2011 and 2014. The main changes, however, have been a reduced availability of certain programs and the creation of new ones. One unemployment insurance program was created in 2015 to help workers reduce their hours instead of being laid off, helping employers reduce costs and employees keep their jobs.

Under this new program, your employer must tell you if you are going to be fully laid off sometime in the future. VA unemployment coverage has also changed the average weekly benefit rate and wage level, as well as the tax rate for employers. Any weekly benefits you are entitled to are also subject to change if your income changes.

The following pages on this site contain important information about how unemployment insurance benefits are determined, calculated and distributed. You will also find out how to prevent becoming ineligible for unemployment, and what to do if you believe you have been wrongfully denied. You will also learn about the various workshops and job services available in Virginia. For step-by-step instructions on how the unemployment insurance claims process works in Virginia, please see the following sections:

Am I Eligible for Virginia Unemployment Benefits?

 

If you are wondering how to qualify for unemployment in Virginia, this section contains information about unemployment eligibility requirements. There are several stipulations to receive VA unemployment insurance coverage, and many applicants often neglect to make sure they meet minimum requirements.

 

How to Apply for Unemployment benefits in Virginia

 

Completing a Virginia application for unemployment insurance is easy if you know all the requirements. First, check all personal and employee information on your VA unemployment EDD application, and if anything is not up-to-date or accurate, including the dates of employment, make corrections to your application.

 

Benefits Under the Virginia Unemployment Program


In order to claim unemployment benefits in VA, you must receive a Notice of Deputy’s Determination from the Virginia Employment Commission and follow its instructions, including registering for any programs for which you were eligible. If you are required to provide follow-up information, a confirmation phone call, or registration, your weekly unemployment claim benefit payment could be delayed or denied. You may take any denial of federal unemployment benefits to an appeal committee that will determine whether you had a justifiable excuse not to provide the information.


Appealing Denied Unemployment Benefits in Virginia

 

Having your Virginia unemployment benefits denied can be a stressful and frustrating experience, especially if it was due to a small oversight or error. If the Virginia Employment Commission has denied unemployment benefits, it is often the result of an error in filling out the application. Any incorrect wages, dates, or contacts could result in an automatic denial. Another common reason applicants are denied unemployment is when an employer reports that the applicant was fired for good cause.


Virginia Unemployment Benefits Extension


A Virginia unemployment insurance benefits extension is available to states when the economy is recovering. An unemployment extension is administered by the federal government in partnership with Virginia. There are two parts to the program: Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB). EUC’s federal unemployment extension was temporarily enacted during the 2008 recession to prevent harm to unemployed individuals. The Extended Benefits program (EB) was the permanent program created for times when Virginia’s unemployment rate rises above a certain rate.