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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

How to apply for PUA:

The best way to apply is online. DOL has a streamlined application that allows you to apply for either traditional UI or PUA, depending on your eligibility. You do not have to complete a separate application for PUA.
 
  • Visit unemployment.labor.ny.gov
  • The application will determine which program — UI or PUA — you should be applying for and then prompt you to answer program-specific questions
  • DOL will process your application and contact you if any additional information is needed
  • Since individuals can only receive PUA if they are ineligible for regular unemployment, they should include all employers in the last 18 months including self-employment.  

Department of Labor:

Self-Employed UI Guide:

Unemployment Insurance FAQ:

UI COVID-19 FAQ:

PAU FAQ: