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Massachusetts Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Application

Massachusetts Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Application

Massachusetts Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

Eligibility

PUA provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. To be eligible, individuals must be able to work and be available for work in accordance with state law.

Individuals receiving PUA benefits who are determined eligible for FPUC will receive an additional $600 benefit payment for the weeks ending April 4, 2020 to July 25, 2020.

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checklist

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • Your social security number
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your A Number (USCIS Number)
  • Your residential address
  • Your mailing address (if different from residential address)
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • Your birth date
  • Your wage records for 2019, which includes:
    • 1099 forms
    • Pay stubs
    • Bank statements
  • The social security number(s) and date(s) of birth for your dependent child(ren)
  • If you want to use direct deposit for payment, your bank account and routing numbers.

BENEFITS

All accepted applications will initially receive the minimum weekly benefit amount, plus an additional $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) weekly benefit. Once a worker’s wages are verified, weekly benefit amounts may increase. Weekly benefits, including any increase to your weekly benefit amount, will be retroactive to January 27, 2020, or the date when you became unemployed, whichever is more recent, as long as you became unable to work because of a COVID-19 related reason.

Please note that, initially, the system can only pay benefits retroactively to the week ending March 14, 2020. Eligible workers will be able to certify for and to request benefits retroactively to January 27, 2020 if their dates of unemployment make them eligible.

How to Apply – pandemic unemployment assistance application

You should apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance retroactive to your first week of total or partial unemployment. Most regular UI claims are processed within 21-28 days after filing, and many are processed within the first week of filing.

You can complete the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance application by visiting https://ui-cares-act.mass.gov/PUA/. The application is mobile-friendly and can be completed in under 30 minutes if you have the appropriate documentation.

Resources on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are available in Spanish here. A Spanish video tutorial on successfully completing the application is also available here.

Various translations of the guidebook are available here.

Downloads for Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Application

Contactfor Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Department of Unemployment Assistance

 Phone

Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, 8 a.m–12 p.m. Saturday. Multilingual call agents are available.