New Mexico

How to File and Collect Unemployment in New Mexico

If you lose your job, the thought of taking care of yourself and your family may be overwhelming and you may not know where to turn. You should consider filing for unemployment to help pay your bills and other financial obligations. How to file for unemployment in New Mexico is simple: you can either make your initial claim by phone or online, at the New Mexico Workforce Solutions website. In order to collect unemployment, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. For example, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own (being laid off counts). If you were fired or you quit your job, chances are, you are not eligible to collect unemployment insurance.

In New Mexico, you can collect unemployment benefits for a year from the Sunday before you filed your initial claim. You may be eligible for extended benefits as well after that time runs out.

Filing unemployment is fairly simple, you need to provide your personal information such as your social security number, and information about the employers you worked for in the last 18 months. In order to file unemployment, you will also need alien registration information if you are not a citizen of the United States. After unemployment filing, you will have to wait to see if you are approved. There is an unpaid one week waiting period after your initial claim is processed, so you should make financial plans accordingly. Within two weeks of filing your initial claim, you should receive your first benefit payment if you are approved. To continue receiving benefits, you will have to submit weekly claims where you answer questions about your job search and whether or not you are still eligible for unemployment payments.

While collecting unemployment, you must be hunting for a new job. Registration with the New Mexico Workforce Connection is necessary if you want to continue receiving benefits. How to collect unemployment is an easy process, you can either receive benefits through a debit card, directly deposited into your bank account, or paper check.

In the event that you are not approved for unemployment, you are allowed to file an appeal. You have 15 days from the determination date to file an appeal. You will then have to go to an appeal hearing where your information will be reviewed again to check your eligibility for unemployment benefits.


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