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W2: Guide to applying

Updated: Feb 10

1. FAQ's before applying


Where do I go to apply?

  • Link to application here. You will need to register first.

What makes me eligible?

  • Your employment status has been affected by COVID-19 and you are fully or partially unemployed as a result.

  • You are fully or partially unemployed. This includes layoffs, furloughs, reduced wages, or reduced hours. You can still receive unemployment benefits while working, depending on your pay.

  • Your child’s school is closed, and you need to miss work to care for them.

  • Your previous UI claim has expired.

What info do I need to apply?

  • Social Security number

  • California driver license or ID card

  • Proof of US citizenship, or a green card, or a visa that allows you to work in the US, or an Alien Registration Number

  • Work history (Last 18 months of work including employer, employer address, supervisor name, phone number and total wages earned)

  • If you are a former federal employee, have your Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance (Standard Form 8) ready.

  • If you served in the military in the last 18 months, have your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) ready.



Should I wait for my paychecks to process before applying?

  • No, apply as soon as you are unemployed. it won't mess up applying for benefits. When it asks you to certify for a particular week, you report it then.

  • Understand that you need to report WHEN you worked, not when you got paid. Look at your paycheck to make sure it correlates with the week you are certifying for.

I'm no longer in California, should I apply to where I moved?