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Extensions FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What extensions of unemployment insurance benefits are currently available?

A: For details on current unemployment insurance extensions, visit our benefit extensions page.


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Q: Who is eligible for the unemployment insurance extensions?

A: In addition to meeting the deadlines in the question below, you must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • Have no rights to regular or extended compensation under any other state or Federal law.
  • Meet basic state eligibility requirements such as being ready, willing and able to work.
    Note: If you are attending training approved by the New York State Department of Labor, you are not required to look for work while claiming benefits.
Individuals who are currently employed should not quit a job to file for unemployment insurance extensions. Quitting to collect these benefits will result in disqualification.


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Q: What are the deadlines and last payable weeks for the extensions?

A: For details on deadlines and last payable weeks, visit our benefit extensions page.


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Q: How do I claim weekly benefits under the extensions?

A: You can claim the additional weeks of unemployment benefits in the usual manner, by signing in with your NY.GOV ID and clicking on the Unemployment Benefits section, or calling our toll-free Tel-Service number.


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Q: What if I am attending training approved by the New York State Department of Labor?

A: If you are attending training approved by the New York State Department of Labor, you may be eligible to receive additional weeks of unemployment benefits under the extensions, and you are not required to look for work. However, if you are on a break from school of more than 5 weeks, you will be required to be available for work and to actively search for work.


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Q: What is my weekly benefit rate under the extensions?

A: The weekly benefit amount paid for additional weeks of benefits under the extensions is the same amount you received for regular benefits. However, if you are receiving federal extended unemployment benefits that start after 26 weeks (Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC), the federal government has directed us to reduce your payments by 7.2% beginning 10/6/13. 


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Q: Why didn't I receive my full benefit rate the week before I started receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)?

A: Before you can be paid EUC, you must have received all the Regular UI you are entitled to receive. In many cases, your remaining balance of Regular UI will not be the full amount of your weekly rate. You cannot receive EUC and Regular UI in the same week.
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Q: Why didn’t I receive my full benefit rate the week before I started receiving Extended Benefits (EB)?

A: Before you can be paid EB, you must have received all the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) you are entitled to receive. In many cases, your remaining balance of EUC will not be the full amount of your weekly rate. You cannot receive EUC and EB in the same week.
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Q: How are unemployment benefits paid under the extensions?

A: Department of Labor now pays benefits either by Direct Deposit (into your personal checking account) or on a Direct Payment Card (debit card) account. We will pay additional weeks of benefits under the extensions using the same method as your previous claim.
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Q: Do I see a remaining balance in my online UI account?

A: If you are receiving regular state-funded UI benefits (the first 26 weeks), you can see your remaining balance of state-funded UI benefits.  Sign in with your NY.GOV ID and click on Unemployment Benefits and View Payment History.

If you are receiving federal extended unemployment benefits that start after 26 weeks (Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC), you no longer see your remaining balance as of April 7, 2013.  This is due to changes required by federal budget cuts.  To estimate the number of weeks of benefits you may qualify for, see our Benefits Calculator or Chart.


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