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Transferring Unemployment Benefits from One State to Another

Updated : June 12th, 2019

Receiving monetary compensation in the US for unemployment is guided by laws and framework prescribed by the U.S Department of Labor and operated independently by each state. The Unemployment Payments network is perhaps a perfect example of an all-inclusive social security system in a federal set-up. In case, you prefer to apply for benefits from your new state then you have every right to. But, the unemployment laws of the former state would still govern how your benefit payment calculations are determined.

What is Unemployment Insurance in the U.S?

A weekly compensation paid out to claimants who’ve lost their jobs due to involuntary reasons such as layoffs. Since this system is largely controlled by the state, one can receive up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment compensation determined on the basis of income earned during the base or alternative base period and other applicable criteria. Some states may also provide additional weeks of benefits, although the Emergency Unemployment Compensation(E.U.C) is now redundant.

In exchange for the dole, the claimant has to fulfill some conditions such as making the required job searches during a given week and accepting a suitable job offer that comes their way. One of the most common concerns of claimants who wish to move to another state and seek job opportunities there relates to the transfer of benefits from the present state to the state where the person is moving to.

Can I Transfer Unemployment Benefits From One State to Another?

Yes, you can. Although your previous employer would have remitted unemployment taxes to the state where your employment was based, you can get them transferred to the new state you’re moving to. All states are members of Interstate Reciprocal Benefit Payment Plan, which provides the required network for hassle-free transfer of your claim file to the new state. You must bear in mind the fact that once transferred, the laws governing the compensation system in the new state will apply to your weekly claims which can affect the claim amount and other determinants.

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Once the file has been transferred, you will need to start making the required job searches as per the new state rules and claim weekly to the extent of availability. Since this is an intrastate activity, you may have to wait for a stipulated time before starting to make claims again.

How to Transfer UI Benefits?

  • Firstly, it is very important to contact the Unemployment Office in your current state and let them know about your intention of moving to another state. Ask for specific paperwork that you may have to fulfill with the present state of claims.
  • Once you’ve made an official communication and have moved to the next state, call the Unemployment Office and inform them about your movement and that you will be claiming the compensation and initiate a transfer.
  • Post confirmation from your new state, start filing weekly claims just the way you did before.
  • You will be required to provide all relevant paperwork such as SS and Address Proof in the new state. Ensure the availability of all the required paperwork.

A Word of Advice

Moving the benefits from one state to another is an option that is available in the system. Before initiating one, consider the feasibility in terms of the various challenges surrounding it such as before making a decision.

  • It may involve intensive paperwork since your file is moved from one state to another. You will be required to deal with both the states until completion of the transfer.
  • The wait time can be testing, during which you may not be able to stake a claim in any of the states.
  • Once the transfer is complete, the claims you make will be subject to the rules and conditions of the new state. Monetary benefits may or may not be of the same value you were receiving earlier in the previous state.

Since it’s all virtual (online), you may still consider the option of continuing your claims from the base state even if you move to a different one until completion. As a responsible claimant, it’s your duty to inform the base state about your movement to ensure there are no hassles in the near future.

  1. I was permanently severanced from my job due to a Co. Reorg & received my last severance pay last week. I called UE & was told that I should now do my application online since I will no longer be getting funds & still without a job & that this coming Sunday regardless of knowing if I will or will not get benefits yet that I should still file a weekly claim in case of UE back pay.
    So my question is, do I still have to report 4 jobs applied to within this week, even if I do not know if I will be approved/denied for benefits until possibly next week anyway?

    1. Lynda,

      You should continue to report the job applications as long as you’ve been asked to do so. There will be a “Waiting Period” and the first payment will take about 7-10 days after which they’ll flow much quicker. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  2. I tried to transfer from one state to another. When I left Montana I was told there would be no problem transferring. When I arrived in North Carolina I had trouble reaching the area manager by phone. When he finally called me back he said to meet him for lunch to discuss when and where I would be working. He did not show up for lunch. Then he never returned any of my calls. I went PA to visit a friend a few weeks later and tried there. I met with the hiring manager and was told there should not be a problem doing the transfer since I was still in the system. I called the store a few times and they said it was still pending. Then I was terminated without even a phone call. Am I eligible for unemployment and if so do I file in Montana or North Carolina. I still have a Montana drivers license but I am living in NC.

    1. Stacey,

      As long as you were unemployed involuntarily, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please consider applying.

  3. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  4. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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