Filing for Unemployment Compensation FAQs
I am a Pennsylvania resident laid off from a job in another state, where should I file a claim for unemployment benefits?
I was laid off last month and didn't file an Application for Benefits right away. Can I get paid for those weeks?
I’m collecting severance pay from my employer. Should I wait until I’m no longer collecting severance pay to file my application?
I received a new full-time job. Do I need to report this to the UC service center?
When do I receive a personal identification number (PIN), the UCP-1 (UC handbook), and a UC debit card?
How can I check the status of my initial claim?
I don't live in Pennsylvania, but worked there, and need to file for unemployment. Where should I file for benefits?
My name has changed. How can I change it on my claim?
How long does my claim stay open?
Can I re-open my claim myself?
Can I cancel my claim after opening it?
When do I use a PIN number?
1. I am a Pennsylvania resident laid off from a job in another state, where should I file a claim for unemployment benefits?
Generally, first you should identify the state, or states, where you worked and were paid wages during your base year
If you have earned wages in only one state
during your base year period, you should file for unemployment compensation (UC) with the state where you worked. If you have earned wages in more than one state
during your base year period, you must file a Combined Wage Claim (CWC) by contacting one of the states where you worked and were paid wages during your base year
2. I was laid off last month and didn't file an Application for Benefits right away. Can I get paid for those weeks?
An Application for Benefits
is effective the Sunday that begins the week in which you apply for benefits. If you have not already done so, please contact the UC service center
to request backdating of your application to the week in which you were laid off. The service center will make a determination on your request to backdate your application for benefits and claim(s) for missed weeks.
An application for benefits may be backdated in only a very limited number of circumstances. Generally, backdating is permitted only where the individual did not file timely claims, through no fault of his/her own.
3. I’m collecting severance pay from my employer. Should I wait until I’m no longer collecting severance pay to file my application?
No, if you are collecting severance pay, or are going to be collecting severance pay, file your application as soon as you become unemployed. The answers you provide in your application regarding severance pay will help determine the impact severance pay may, or may not, have on your eligibility for benefits. Before a determination can be issued, additional information will also be requested from you and/or your employer. See the Severance Pay Deductions FAQs
page for further information.
4. I received a new full-time job. Do I need to report this to the UC service center?
Notify the UC service center immediately if you return to work.
If you return to work full time with your former employer or a new employer, you are no longer eligible for benefits. However, remember to file claims for weeks you were unemployed before you returned to work.
5. When do I receive a personal identification number (PIN), the UCP-1 (UC handbook), and a UC debit card?
You receive a PIN , the UCP-1 handbook and a UC debit card (if financially eligible) at the start of a new UC claim. Call your UC service center if you have lost your pin to have a new one issued. If your UC debit card is lost or compromised, you may request a new one from US Bank at 888-233-5916 or online at www.usbankreliacard.com
. Reopening your claim or starting an EUC claim does not trigger a new mailing for these items. If you are financially ineligible, you will not receive a debit card.
6. How can I check the status of my initial claim?
If you filed on the internet, you should receive an email confirmation after you file your claim. In the first week you will receive three mailings: Notice of Financial Determination (UC-44F), UC Claim Confirmation Letter (UC-360) and the PA UC Handbook (UCP-1). If you don’t receive these mailings, download and complete the fax cover sheet
, and fax it to the UC service centers at 717-525-5160. A UC service center representative will call to assist you. Check your claim status. Note:
A determination regarding your separation from employment could take 4-6 weeks, so continue to file your biweekly claims during that time.
7. I don't live in Pennsylvania, but worked there, and need to file for unemployment. Where should I file for benefits?
You should file for benefits in the state where the wages were earned.
8. My name has changed. How can I change it on my claim?
Call the UC service center at 888-313-7284 and a representative will assist you.
9. How long does my claim stay open?
When you are granted benefits, your benefit year provides you with a 52-week period beginning with the date of your application for unemployment compensation benefits. If you claim the full amount for each week, you will receive your maximum allowance of benefits. This information can be found on your Financial Determination.
10. Can I re-open my claim myself?
Please note: If you choose to re-open your claim on line, you will do so by using the “Reopen a Claim” button on the right tabs. The process to re-open a claim is exactly the same as the initial claim process and the entire form must be completed. When you submit the claim, it will be processed as a re-open application, not a new application, as long as you have a current claim in place, i.e. less than one year has passed from your Application for Benefits date. After you hit the submit button, you should print the confirmation page and retain it for your records.
For claims that are being re-opened within one year of their AB date, you will not receive a new handbook, Debit Card or PIN number. If you already had direct deposit established, it will remain active for two years unless there has been 12 months of inactivity. If you received your benefits on your UC Debit Card and no longer have it or it is no longer active, please contact the Debit Card Company at 866-586-1706.
11. Can I cancel my claim after opening it?
Yes. If you have decided that you do not want to claim UC and you have not filed for any weeks, you can request to cancel the claim. This will allow you to file a new claim when it is appropriate. If you would like to cancel your current claim, you can mail or fax a signed written request to withdraw the application which explains the reason for the request to the UC service center
responsible for your claim (refer to the back of your Unemployment Compensation Handbook for your office).
12. When do I use a PIN number?
You are required to use your SSN and PIN to access the following UC services:
Changing your address, telephone/fax numbers, email address
Changing your federal withholding
Change your PIN
Check payment information
Direct Deposit of UC benefits
Filing a biweekly claim for benefits
Reopening a claim
Requesting a UC-1099G
You can also access additional claim information such as:
Your AB (application for benefits) date
Your claim balance
Your WBR (weekly benefit rate)
PINs are system generated (for security purposes) and mailed to you within 7-10 days of filing a claim. If you do not know your current PIN, a new one can only be obtained by contacting the UC service center
The information provided on this site does not constitute a determination of eligibility to receive unemployment compensation.