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New York Unemployment Application

Claims for Unemployment Insurance must be filed at the earliest post losing your job. All claimants are expected to serve a waiting period of one week before you start receiving benefit checks. If you delay filing for UI, you will face unnecessary delays in receiving benefit checks.

Filing for UI 

UI claims can be filed either via post, telephone or the Internet.

Filing online is considered to be the fastest and easiest way to claim. To file claims online, visit DOL website and sign in with your NY.GOV id and follow the instructions provided on the site. Following are the timings for filing UI claims.

For filing claims online –

  • 7:30 am to 7:30 pm – Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 am to 5:00 pm – Fridays
  • 12:01 am Saturday to 7:00 pm Sunday – Weekends

Timing for claiming benefits

  • Saturday/Sunday – 12:01 am to midnight
  • Monday to friday – 07:30 am to midnight

Filing through the telephone is the next available option. To file claims via phone, call the following toll free numbers during 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.

  • 1-888-209-8124 (For NY residents)
  • 1-877-358-5306 (For claimants from other states)

Before you file for UI, keep the following information ready –

  • Social security number (SSN)
  • Personal identification number (PIN)
  • Full name, mailing address and contact numbers
  • Employment history during base period which includes
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of all employers of base period jobs
  • Dates of joining and relieving of all base period jobs
  • Copies of SF 8 and SF 50 if you are an ex- Federal Govt. employee
  • Alien registration number if you are not a citizen of U.S.
  • Most recent separation form, DD 214, if you are ex-Military personnel

Filing you claims without complete information may delay your benefit checks unnecessarily. If you are opting to have the amount credited to your account, you may have to attach a check to your application. Also, if you are filing for UI from NY for the first time, you may have to create a PIN.

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48 thoughts on “New York Unemployment Application”

  1. Jermaine says:

    The website will not let me apply stating that my social security number is invalid which is totally erroneous. There’s no one to talk to about the matter and no consultation is off with whatsoever What am I to do in this situation

    1. Sam says:

      Jermaine,

      Please look up for alternate ways to contact them on the website you tried to log a claim from.

  2. henry says:

    I was let go from my job abt. a year ago,will I be able to file UI ?

    1. Sam says:

      Henry,

      To qualify, a claimant is required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  3. Adalgisa Soto says:

    I am unemployment for a medical condiccion,in my last job I am working for one year, one month past since I am unable to work , and not beneffit recived. can I clain for unemploymen.

    1. Sam says:

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health conditions are generally not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office.

  4. Genefa Sobiegraj says:

    My last day at my location were I worked was April 27th.Was replaced by a machine.My employer gave me my week vacation I have coming to me but they don’t have another location for me. I was asked to cover vacations of other employees but that won’t start till July. Will I be able to collect unemployment while not working?

    1. Sam says:

      You seem to be still on the payroll of the company. I am not sure if you qualify under such circumstances. Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  5. rashda hussain says:

    I want to apply for unemployement.I started this job 28th Sep 2017.MY LAST WORKING DATE WILL BE 23 MAR 2018.Im living in Brooklyn. Please ADVISE ME FOR THIS MATTAER.

  6. cass arena says:

    How do I check to see if I have been granted unemployment?

    1. Sam says:

      The authorities will notify you by mail.You can also check the status on the department’s official website.

  7. Peter Scanio says:

    what a difficult time for me I recently used my email address to obtain my 93 year old mothers social security payment 2016 for her tax deduction I am her son and power of attorney now I cannot file for unemployment and user name etc.

    1. Sam says:

      Peter,

      If you’re having difficulties filing for UI benefits, please call the Unemployment Office for assistance.

  8. Guichong Li says:

    what is Personal identification number (PIN) ?

    Thanks,

    Guichong

    1. Sam says:

      Guichong,

      A pin is a number used to access the claims system. To get yours, please call the Claims Center at the phone numbers provided.

  9. Jessica says:

    I would like to know If I can apply for unemployment not because I got fired but because the firm where I work requires to have a valid work permit and mine will expire on the 27 of November, would I be eligible to apply until I have a valid work authorization and under what circumstance would I apply ? Please help me I’m desperate because I will also be having a baby on Dec 19, 2017.

    1. Sam says:

      Jessica,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please confirm by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

  10. Miss says:

    Can I claim unemployment benefits if I am a 2015 master graduate and I never work in US? Currently searching for a NYC job

    1. Sam says:

      Miss,

      To be eligible for UI, the claimant is required to have active employment earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  11. Russell P. Monin says:

    I want to claim benefits and am having a hard time. Can you help me?

  12. Allison Lawless says:

    I have been out of work for nearly four years due to a work related injury. I believe my case is soon to be closed. I am worried that I will not be able to find employment right away and may be facing a period of not having any income. If my workers compensation benefits end before I have found employment can I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. Sam says:

      The basic rule to claim Unemployment Insurance benefits is active employment in the last 4-5 calendar quarters which you don’t seem to have.

      You will not qualify under this scheme. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  13. Jude t kilichowski says:

    I got fired

    1. Sam says:

      If you were fired due to involuntary reasons such as a layoff, please claim Unemployment Insurance.

  14. William H.P Holubjr says:

    as of 1/15/17 at 4:45pm i was laid off do to lack of work.

    1. Sam says:

      If you were laid off due to involuntary reasons, you can apply for Unemployment Benefits until you find employment.

  15. Adam Parsons says:

    I log for Future Forestry and due to weather conditions am unable to get 40 hours plus like I have been getting for the past almost 8 months. Can I file for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      I am not sure if you’re eligible under such conditions. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details and apply accordingly.

  16. Craig benkoski says:

    I can’t log in to view my claim and keep getting disconnected when I call.
    I need a copy of my denial letter how do I get this?

    1. Martin says:

      Please call the Claims Center or visit the nearest office for the required paperwork.

  17. jerome lawrence says:

    i would like to apply for unemployment

    1. Martin says:

      Please let us know how we can help you.

  18. guy says:

    Will I create a problem if I have a new obtained real estate license before filing for unemployment, or if I get a new licence while on unemployment benefits, I have not earned any money from real estate ??

    1. Martin says:

      We do not have information regarding this.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  19. mike says:

    When does the benefit week start? does it run sun-sat or mon-sun.

  20. Oseh Tarawally says:

    How to apply on line?

  21. joe says:

    I filed for unemployment in ny I had enough time required after waiting 4 weeks they told me I had made too much the last week that I have to refile. so do i go back to the same date i got laid off?i am confused.

  22. melissa labbe says:

    how do I apply for unemployment

  23. melissa labbe says:

    I need to apply for unemployement

  24. Michelle Weller says:

    Can i still apply doe unemployment

  25. Michelle Weller says:

    I would like to apply for unemployment!

  26. Admilson says:

    I was hired on 7/2012 as a part timer. Part timer do about 18 hrs a week, but i was doing 32 to 35 hrs a week for over a year.Am’I eligible for unemployment.

    1. carlos j laboy torres says:

      the last 5 years I HAVE PART TIME JOB 30/36HR EVERY WEEK AND THE LAST 2 YEARS I HAVE SS BENEFIT IS POSSIBLE APPLY FOR UNMPLOYMENT BENEFIT ?

      1. Sam says:

        Carlos,

        To be eligible, you’re required to have active full-time employment and required earnings during the “Base” period. Since you’re also drawing SS, please call the Unemployment Office to check if you’re eligible.

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