For those who are unemployed, they might want to learn how to file for extended unemployment benefits. Filing for extended compensation is an easy process, but you should be familiar with the program guidelines before you proceed. The extended unemployment benefits were made available because o the Worker Assistance Act of 2009, signed by President Obama, providing extended benefits up to 14 weeks of unemployment insurance.

When filing for unemployment extension, you should determine if you qualify. The most important qualification is you must have exhausted all your compensation available before applying. If your current benefits have not run out yet, you have to wait for them to expire before you file for the extension. You must also maintain eligibility for the initial unemployment compensation which include that you must be presently unemployed or underemployed, have filed for initial benefit application, report work done and income received, able and available for work, register for work, actively looking for a new job and continue filing for weekly benefit claims.

Gather information when supporting your claim. Information you need includes your full name and present mailing address, social security number, name and number of your local union hall if applicable, full business names, address and contact numbers of your employers for the last eighteen months and exact reason for your job separation. After gathering all these information, you can now proceed to filing for your extended unemployment benefits.

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