PUA provides unemployment benefits to those traditionally not eligible for unemployment benefits due to the inability to work because of the coronavirus health crisis. These workers include: self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and more. Review this checklist to confirm you qualify.  

If you think you are eligible for PUA, please note:

  • In order to be deemed eligible for PUA, applicants MUST first apply for traditional unemployment insurance and be denied. Information about the PUA application process can be found here: https://www.vec.virginia.gov/   Please note: This page will provide a link to the PUA application but individuals still must FIRST apply for unemployment insurance.
  • Once denied unemployment insurance, individuals may apply for PUA at:  https://www.vec.virginia.gov/html/pua.html

This flowchart shows you how the process works.