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A Detailed Guide To The Extended New York Unemployment Benefits

Updated : March 10th, 2021

New York is one of the states that is worst hit by the pandemic-induced economic shutdown. Although the state’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.2% to 8.4% in November 2020, the rate is still higher compared to the previous year. To help residents make it through the difficult times, the state has announced expanded and extended unemployment benefits.  

In this post, we will tell you who qualifies for expanded and extended New York unemployment benefits and when you can expect the payment. But first, let’s learn more about the newly announced programs. 

More About Expanded And Extended New York Unemployment Benefits

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced federal unemployment benefits that will begin reaching people starting January 3, 2020, till March 14, 2021. The newly announced federal programs include: 

  1. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  3. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

The newly announced programs varies a little from those announced under the CARES Act in March 2020. 

Previously, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation provided $600 weekly additional benefits, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation offered benefits for additional 13 weeks. On the other hand, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided benefits for 39 weeks of benefits to those residents who otherwise do not qualify for the regular state benefits.  

However, the newly announced FPUC provides $300 additional benefits per week to the qualified residents, PEUC provides benefits for additional 24 weeks and PUA for 57 weeks. 

“This pandemic has created an unprecedented economic crisis, and New Yorkers have waited in uncertainty for far too long. I have repeatedly called on the federal government to do the right thing by renewing critical benefits to support millions of unemployed families through to the end of this pandemic – and now that Washington has finally acted, New York is immediately delivering those funds,” stated Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“In the spring, New York led the nation in implementing federal unemployment programs, and this winter, we will once again act swiftly to get money in the hands of New Yorkers who need it most,” added Governor Cuomo. 

Who Qualifies For The Expanded And Extended NYS Unemployment Benefits?

You should meet certain eligibility requirements listed under the CARES Act to qualify for the expanded and extended NYS unemployment benefits

Eligibility Requirements For PUA 

  1. You must have been self-employed (includes independent contractors, gig-workers, and freelancers).
  2. You must not qualify for any other unemployment benefits such as regular unemployment benefits, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits (EB), etc., in your or another state or territory.
  3. You must have been scheduled to start employment (self-employment or with an employer).
  4. You must be fully or partially unemployed for any one of the reasons. 
  • You had to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19
  • You were experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 and are seeking medical help
  • Your family member has contracted COVID-19
  • You are providing care for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because of quarantine imposed
  • You are unable to reach your workplace because a health care provider has advised you to self-isolate due to concerns related to COVID-19
  • Your workplace has been shut down as a result of the COVID-19
  • You have been scheduled to commence a job but cannot reach the workplace due to COVID-19
  • The head of your family lost his or her life due to COVID-19, and you are the major breadwinner

Eligibility Requirements For PEUC

  1. You must have exhausted all your benefits received through the regular unemployment benefits program. 
  2. You must be able to, available and actively looking for work. (The state may provide flexibility in meeting this requirement if you are unable to look for work due to COVID-19.)
  3. You are ineligible to receive benefits under another state Unemployment Compensation (UC) laws or benefits under any other federal law.

Note – If you have exhausted the 13 weeks of PEUC under the CARES Act and transitioned to the Extended Benefits (EB), you will begin receiving payment under the extended PEUC program once you exhaust your EB benefits.

Eligibility Requirements For FPUC

  1. You must be able to work, look for work, and be available for work. 
  2. You must submit a complete record of work searches.
  3. You must report earnings made during the week of claiming benefits. They include income or wages, vacation pay, paid sick time, etc.
  4. You must be able to work, look for work, and be available for work. 
  • Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • Work Sharing Benefits
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances ( TRA)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    How To Apply For Expanded And Extended NYS Unemployment Benefits?

    If you are currently receiving any of these benefits, you must continue to certify, and the Department Of Labor will automatically roll out your payments. But if your unemployment benefit year has ended, you must reapply online

    How To Reapply For Unemployment Benefits?

    To reapply for New York unemployment benefits, visit Since you have applied for benefits previously, you need not create a new account. Instead, use your existing ID and password and login into your account. Then begin filing a weekly claim.

    Note that the day you should file for benefits depends on the first letter of your last name.

    • If your last name begins with A – F, then file on Monday
    • If your last name begins with G – N file on Tuesday
    • If your last name begins with O – Z file on Wednesday

    If you missed your day, then file any day between Thursday to Sunday. If you have any queries, call representatives at the Department Of Labor and get your doubts cleared. 

    What To Do If Your Claim Is Denied?

    You can request a hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if your claim is denied, but you believe you are entitled to benefits. Note that you must request a hearing within 30 days from the date of receiving the denial notice. 

    You can request a hearing either online or by fax. For the online route, visit and login into your account. Choose “Go to My Online Forms,” then click on “Forms Available for Filing.” Next, select the “Claimant Request for Hearing” form, complete and submit it. Alternatively, you can fax to 518-457-9378.

    Final Words 

    The PEUC, PUA, and FPUC programs are the need of the hour for New Yorkers. To add to it the Department Of Labor has listed several job opportunities on their website for you to pick from. Scroll through these openings to find the correct fit as per your experience and needs, to ensure you get through these uncertain times. 


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    1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
      Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
      I feel for u all on ID.ME…

      Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

      We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
      But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

      Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
      Good luck to all of u.
      And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
      Davulia S.

    2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

    3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

      1. Nafisa,

        I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

      2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

    4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

      1. Luis,

        Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

      2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

    5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

      1. Stephanie,

        Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

      1. Leatha,

        UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

    6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

    7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

      1. Nicole,

        Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

        1. HI Jeff,
          I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

          1. Adam,

            You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

    9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

    10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

          1. Gary,

            You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

    11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

    12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

      1. Annette,

        Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

    13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
      My question is
      Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

      1. Ruby,

        To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

    14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

      1. Maria,
        I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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