When you have filed for your unemployment benefits, you should begin filing weekly claims. Remember that you have to file every week even if you are waiting for the decision regarding your benefits, waiting for the claim to be valid or you are appealing for denied benefits. You may file your weekly claims from one of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Canada or the US Virgin Islands. This is because you should be available to report in person to your local employment office when you are asked to.

You can file either by the internet or calling the weekly claims line and also get information regarding your claim. When you file, you will have to answer a series of questions. Make sure to get a ‘your claim has been accepted’ message after answering all the questions. This is important because when you disconnect or hang up before you receive the message, your clam may not be accepted and you have to file again.

You weekly claims can be filed starting at Sunday 12:01 AM to 5 PM of the last working day of a week, usually Friday, unless there is a holiday. You could not claim a weekly benefit until week ends. All weeks will end at Saturday midnight. Sunday is the first day that you can file for the week.

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