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Who qualifies for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

PUA provides unemployment benefits to those traditionally not eligible for unemployment benefits due to the inability to work because of the coronavirus health crisis. These workers include: self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and more. Review this checklist to confirm you qualify.

 

If you think you are eligible for PUA, please note:

  • In order to be deemed eligible for PUA, applicants MUST first apply for traditional unemployment insurance and be denied. Information about the PUA application process can be found here: https://www.vec.virginia.gov/   Please note: This page will provide a link to the PUA application but individuals still must FIRST apply for unemployment insurance.
  • Once denied unemployment insurance, individuals may apply for PUA at:  https://www.vec.virginia.gov/html/pua.html

This flowchart shows you how the process works.