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