Regular unemployment benefits last for 26 weeks or six months until you find a new job. Nonetheless, there are instances when you reach the 26-week period but still could not find a job, in which it could be possible to file for extended unemployment benefits. You have to determine if your state allows filing for extended benefits. Call the unemployment office of your state t find out if your state has high unemployment rule. This rule allows extended insurance for up to thirteen more weeks so you can keep looking for a new job.

When your regular unemployment has run out, your unemployment office will send you note informing you of the option to extend your benefits. If you will not get the note, then you will not qualify for an extension. Nevertheless, you can contact the office in advance to confirm.

Fill up the appropriate forms you can get from your state’s unemployment office. Make sure to provide all other paperwork required. Contact the same office where you filed for your regular benefits. When your claim is denied, you an appeal this by going directly to the unemployment office. Appeals could take longer and quite expensive so is only useful when the amount you will be getting is high.

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