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If you're filing an application for benefits to open a new UC claim, which is also called filing an initial claim, there are some things you'll want to have at hand to make the process go more smoothly. For example, your Social Security number, home address and mailing address, the name of your last employer and more. To help you gather this information, we've put together a checklist for you to reference while you file.
Print a copy of this checklist. Use it to help you when you file your claim.
The online application for filing a claim will guide you through the process. We also have step-by-step information about filing your initial claim, filing your biweekly claim and reopening a claim available.
By providing an email address when filing your claim, we will send you notification confirming receipt of your initial, biweekly or reopened claim application as well as weekly UC informational updates.
After filing an initial claim, you will receive information in the mail within 10-12 days after submitting your application.
  • You should use this website to file for UC benefits.
  • Whether or not you can collect UC depends on how much money you earned, the kind of job you had, how you lost it and other factors.
  • UC staff will determine whether or not you are able to collect UC.
  • They will use information about you, about your employer and Pennsylvania UC Law to make that determination.
  • More information is available to you, if you need help or have questions.
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