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California Unemployment Application

How to File Your Initial Claim in California?

  1. If you have been separated from work, you can file your initial claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment.
  2. You can file your first claim in one of the two ways: by calling the TeleClaim Center or visiting a One-Stop Career Center close to you. Unluckily, you cannot file an initial claim online at this time.
  3. Have your entire information ready before filing your claim.
  4. If you have received severance pay upon your separation from work, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits, so it is still important to call to file your initial claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment.
  5. If eligible for unemployment benefits, you can expect to receive your first payment in 3-4 weeks if there are no issues with your claim.
  6. In general, it takes approximately 3 weeks to process a claim; however, you will still need to claim benefits every week.

Information needed is as follows:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. The year you were born
  3. Your home address and telephone number
  4. Whether you have filed an unemployment insurance claim in your state or in any other state during the past 12 months
  5. Your last day of employment
  6. The names and addresses of all of the employers you have worked for during the 15 months prior to filing your claim and the dates you worked for each of these employers. If you are reopening a claim, be ready with the same information for the past 8 weeks
  7. The reason that you are no longer working or that your hours have been reduced The names, dates of birth and social security numbers for any dependent children, if you are going to apply for dependency allowance
  8. Your alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen

If You Are Not a United States Citizen

You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.

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  1. Ed says:

    I am in the Military, I am a Pennsylvania resident at this time but plan on staying in California were I am currently stationed once I am out of the Military. I did have a job lined up upon my end of tour but it did not work out. which state can I file?

    • Adrian says:

      Military men have special provisions and can apply for UI benefits under the UCX scheme in most of the states.

      You should be able to apply and receive benefits from CA(where you intend to stay).

  2. alba says:

    I worked in California and got laid off due to no work I am a AZ resident can I apply for unemployment in California??

  3. Lacey says:

    I had two jobs. I lost one due to them hiring a permanent person (I was through a temp agency). On the “last job” part of application, do I list the job I lost or the part-time (8 hours a week) job I still have?

    • Adrian says:

      I guess you must list the one you lost. Also make it clear(if any “Notes” section is available) that you also have a part time job in hand.

  4. Pamela says:

    My last day of work was dec 18 2012 due to family medical leave, where i went on disability. My disability has now ended. Am i eligible to get unemployment as my job considered me as having resigned?

    • Adrian says:

      You should be eligible as you are now able and available to work.

      Please consider applying for UI benefits in your state as you start looking for a job.

  5. Dilip Shah says:

    February 6th 2014,management fired me.On 10th Feb 2014 I had applied for unemployment benefit. I want to know when I will get or start my benefit?

  6. Dilip Shah says:

    My Confirmation No 17487293. Want to Know when I will get my unemployment benefit?

    • Adrian says:

      Initial claim may take upto a standard of 10 working days to be processed. Please contact the claims helpline in your state for update on status of your claim.

  7. Angela Alvarado says:

    I am an LVN and have been employed full time for the last 10 years. I received a DUI and now my nursing license is being revoked / suspended. Am I eligible for Unemployement benefits?

  8. Sarah says:

    I applied for unemployment on September 25,2013 on-line, you guys gave me a confirmation number and I still haven’t heard back from you. And I can’t get through on the phone lines. How do I know if I qualified? And do I get paid for the last two in a half weeks?

    • kathy says:

      This is not the unemployment office – we are a public website. You will get a letter in the mail. It is possible in many states to find information about your claim online – look around the website, see if it helps.

  9. tashica willis says:

    I have been calling for weeks now. I just cant get through to anybody. It’s the same message that I keep hearing after being on the phone for 6 minutes at a time. I start early 8am to 12 pm cant get through. So I sent an email that I heard will be faster. They gave me a number but that is not helping me.Is there anybody out there in calif. that can help?Idon’t know what’s harder to find a job or make this my job trying to get through? Help

  10. Michelle says:

    I am 5 months pregnant and I have a very stressful job. I have only been at the company for 6 months so I don’t qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act. I’m worried about my health and the healthy of my baby. If I quit, would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

  11. Dalton Hebert says:

    I have been trying to file an unemployment claim for the past week. To no avail, I can’t file online because I worked in another stated within the past 18 months and the online system indicates I have to call in. Since Monday, September 23. 2013 I have not been able to talk to anyone due to high call volume and then you hang up on me. I need to reopen my claim in California, so does the mean I lose a week’s unemployment because you can’t answer your phones? Not fair! How do I get through to your office?

  12. tashica willis says:

    I quit my jib due to moving out of state. I am currently searching for a job here. Can I still receive benefits?

    • kathy says:

      You can apply – give them the details – you may have to file in the state you moved from, but either state can tell you which one.

  13. Brooke Bedell says:

    I am trying to file for a new unemployment benefits claim. I tried filing online but it told me to call the 1800-300-5616 number because I also worked in Colorado within the last 18 months. Tried calling the number to speak to someone…called even before 8am and was told the volume of calls was too great try again later. So I try back in 10 minute increments all day, and I get an automated service asking why I called. I push the appropriate prompts for why I called, and again I get told that the number of callers is too great and to try back later. Then I get disconnected every time. Phone just hangs up! What am I suppose to do to file a claim when I can’t file it online or talk to a human being? Its ridiculous, I have called that phone number for the past week, several times, as soon as they open and I have gotten nowhere!!! Please Help this is extremely frustrating!! Is there someone else or a office I can go to in Ukiah, California?

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