For those who need to file for unemployment due to COVID-19, the best way to file is online through www.vawc.virginia.gov. While the call center number is still functioning, the wait times are higher than normal at this time due to call volume.
The filing website is mobile friendly and can be accessed from smart phones.
The website has Live Chat capability and our centers are still accepting calls at this time if you need additional assistance.
For unemployment benefits, individuals can apply online here. The Governor has waived wait times and called for expedited processing of claims.
To determine eligibility for any and all social services programs, individuals can apply via CommonHelp or by phone at 1-855-635-4370. They are processing claims for assistance.
Virginia Career Works centers have limited access right now.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Self-employed individuals such as independent contractors, gig economy workers, clergy, and those working for religious organizations may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. To receive this benefit, you will need to file a claim for regular unemployment and be denied. Once you have been denied regular unemployment, you can begin the process of filing a PUA claim.
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