California Unemployment Application
Updated : February 1st, 2021
How to File Your Initial Claim in California?
- If you have been separated from work, you can file your initial claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment.
- You can file your first claim in one of the two ways: by calling the TeleClaim Center or by visiting this website.
- Have your entire information ready before filing your claim.
- If you have received severance pay upon your separation from work, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits.
- 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.
- 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:
- Your full name (including previously changed name)
- Your Social Security Number
- The year you were born
- Your home address and telephone number
- Your alien registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Submission of DD Form 214 in the event if you have served in the military
- Whether you have filed an unemployment insurance claim in your state or in any other state during the past 12 months.
- 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 (DA).
Information of the Last Employer
- Name of the company as it appears on the W-2 form or your paycheck
- Complete address including zip code
- Name and contact details of your supervisor
- Your last day of employment
- Reasons for reduction of the working hours or the reason for separation from the previous employer.
Information of All Previous Employers
- The names and addresses of all of the employers you have worked for over the past 18 months before you file your claim. If you are reopening a claim, be ready with the same information for the past 8 weeks.
- Start and end date of all previous employments
- Remuneration received from previous employers and the mode of payment through which wages received.
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 currently eligible to begin a new job.
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