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Unemployed workers can receive unemployment insurance benefits up to the end of their regular unemployment insurance or longer if a federal extension is granted. Approval for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits depends on a number of factors, including the filing date of an application. To determine your tier of federal extension benefits under your existing claim, you must do a little legwork. However, the information is not hard to find. Check your state’s Department of Labor website to determine how many weeks of additional benefits you can receive under your existing tier. The Department of Labor publishes updates on federal extensions for which you may qualify.
Check your weekly claim form if one is available. Find the year-to-date unemployment insurance compensation paid on the claim up to the ending date of the week you claimed, as well as the tier of federal extension for the claim at the top of the claim form.
Check the number of weeks you’re scheduled to receive additional unemployment benefits. For example, if you receive up to 20 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, you may be on Tier 1. If you receive up to 14 additional weeks, you may be on Tier 2. If you receive up to 13 additional weeks, you may be on Tier 3. If you receive up to six additional weeks, you may be on Tier 4.
Contact your state’s Department of Labor or Employment Development Department. Only your state’s DOL or EDD can answer questions regarding the status of an unemployment claim, including the tier of unemployment benefits you’re currently receiving. Submit your question in person or by telephone, mail or e-mail.
Provide as much information as possible. Provide your full legal name exactly as it appears on your weekly claim form, including your Social Security number, mailing address and date of birth.
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