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Apply for Benefits Online

For a New Claim or to Reopen an Existing Claim

You do not need to do a work search at this time. Ignore instructions you may receive (online or in the mail) that say otherwise.

We are accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) online applications from individuals unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic who do NOT qualify for Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), e.g. self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history.

Apply for Regular UI:

If you're out of work through no fault of your own, and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, you'll need to apply for regular UI benefits before you can begin filing a weekly claim.

Please make sure you have these documents ready to go to make your application quick and easy:

Apply for Regular UI Benefits Here

Log onto my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov

  • Certain situations require additional information we cannot collect online at this time. A few examples include:
    • You work for an educational employer.
    • You did not work for one of the employers we have on file for you.
  • If you are instructed to call a claims specialist to complete your claim during business hours, the information you have already provided will be saved and available to the claims specialist when you call.
  • You will receive a Claim Confirmation and Instructions form.
  • The Handbook for Claimants is online. You are responsible for knowing the information provided in this handbook.
  • If you qualify for unemployment benefits, we will send you a notice with the amount of benefits you can receive.
  • If you do not qualify for unemployment benefits, we will send you a notice that tells you why.
  • If you are required to perform a weekly work search or if you work less than full-time (32 hours or more per week)  you must register for work with Wisconsin Job Service and complete a résumé within 14 days of the date you completed your application for unemployment benefits.

Hours of Operation: Online services are available at the following times to apply for Regular UI benefits:

Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday – Friday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM