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There are a number of eligibility criteria that one needs to fulfill in order for one to be considered as being eligible to receive unemployment benefits in Virginia. Before you embark on this, it is advisable to apply for unemployment insurance benefits as soon as you become unemployed. A vast majority of most state unemployment offices will take about one to three weeks to process your application especially if you are a first time claimant. You will start receiving your unemployment insurance benefits from the week that you applied and undue delays could lead to you losing benefits prior to your filing for unemployment benefits. You will also not be allowed to back date your claims or be entitled to claim benefits for the outstanding weeks.
To be considered as being eligible to receive unemployment benefits in the state of Virginia, you must have become unemployed through no fault of your own making. If you happen to have quit your job without a valid reason, you will not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. You must also be not only able to work but willing to work as well. Physically handicapped individuals do not qualify to receive unemployment benefits. Additionally, you must have been working for a certain period of time in the state of Virginia during which time your employer must have paid unemployment taxes on your behalf. You must also have earned a minimum amount as specified by the state of Virginia. This amount is subject to change on a yearly basis. The minimum amount of wages during the base period should not be less than $2,700.
Other necessary requirements
There are a number of details that you are required to provide the unemployment office with. These include your personal details including your names, social security number, email address, telephone number among others. You will also be required to provide details like the names, dates of birth as well as social security numbers of your dependents. You will also be required to provide the name, address, telephone number as well as the commencement and termination dates of all your employers. Additionally, you will also be required to provide the reason for the loss of your job and if you were engaged in out-of-state unemployment within the past eighteen months, you will also need to provide these employment details. If you happen to be a non-citizen, you will be required to provide your work authorization as well as your alien registration number. Lastly, you will also be required to furnish the state unemployment office with a summary of your job skill set.
You can find the state unemployment offices in all the major cities in the State of Virginia including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Portsmouth, Newport News, Chesapeake, Richmond, Alexandria and Arlington. To get the current standing of these claims, read the article titled Unemployment Benefits 2012.
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