Iowa Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Iowa Unemployment Insurance benefit eligibility requirementEligibility_Requirements

  • You are totally or partially unemployed.
  • You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment insurance in the last 15 to 18 months.
  • You have lost your job through no fault of your own.
  • You are able and available for work.
  • You are registered for work at your local IowaWORKS Center, unless work search is waived. You can register for work on-line by using the Employment Registration Services application.
  • You are actively seeking work unless work search is waived. read more

What will you need to file for Iowa Unemployment Insurance benefit

  • Your Social Security number;
  • The name, payroll address and telephone number of your most recent employer, and the beginning and ending dates you worked for that employer;
  • An Alien Registration number if you are NOT a U.S. citizen or permanent refugee;
  • A DD-214 (Member 4), if you served in the U.S. military during the last 18 months;
  • A Standard Form 8 (SF-8), if you worked for the federal government in the last 18 months;
  • The name(s) of any dependents that you claim as exemptions on your federal income tax return;
  • You may claim your spouse as a dependent if her/his gross wages were $120 or less in the week prior to filing your claim. Self-employment does not count as gross wages for dependent purposes.

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