Virginia Weekly Unemployment Application

If you need to file a Virginia weekly claim for unemployment, you can file your application online or by phone. The first time you make a claim for unemployment weekly in Virginia, you must complete a long application. Online it may take about 45 minutes so don’t expect to be done quickly. It is important to understand the eligibility requirements as well as what information is needed before you claim weekly unemployment benefits in Virginia.

Virginia Weekly Claim for Unemployment: Eligibility Requirements

To claim weekly unemployment benefits, you must be a Virginia citizen, have been employed for up to the last 18 months, and have lost the job through no fault of your own.

If you work in Virginia but do not meet Virginia residency requirements, you may have to make your claim in your own state.

Virginia Weekly Unemployment Benefits: Information Needed

In order to file, you will need to provide basic personal information as well as a record of your last 18 months of employment. This should include the contact information for your former employers. You will also be required to state the reason for your job loss.

To make a Virginia unemployment weekly claim, you will need either a checking account for direct deposit or a debit card issued for the purpose of delivering benefits. Both of these methods make it easy for you to receive your Virginia weekly unemployment benefits quickly. If you choose your checking account, be ready with the routing number and account number. Both of these numbers can be found on your personal check.

Virginia Weekly Unemployment Claim: Maintaining Benefits

You must file each week, without fail, to maintain your weekly unemployment benefits. You must also show that you are looking for work. If you do not keep your Virginia weekly unemployment claim active, you will lose your benefits.

You can file online for Virginia unemployment weekly benefits or you can call 1-800-897-5630.

Making a Virginia Unemployment Weekly Claim By Phone or Online

To make your first Virginia Unemployment Weekly Claim, you will need to call 1-866-832-2363. You can file online at the website of the Virginal Employment Commission. Its address is The website includes information on job searches and other tools to help you find a new job in Virginia

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