Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
How to apply for PUA:
The best way to apply is online. DOL has a streamlined application that allows you to apply for either traditional UI or PUA, depending on your eligibility. You do not have to complete a separate application for PUA.
- Visit unemployment.labor.ny.gov
- The application will determine which program — UI or PUA — you should be applying for and then prompt you to answer program-specific questions
- DOL will process your application and contact you if any additional information is needed
- Since individuals can only receive PUA if they are ineligible for regular unemployment, they should include all employers in the last 18 months including self-employment.