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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefit extended for people affected by Tropical Storm Isaías

Check if you qualify to receive DUA benefits

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Guaynabo – The United States Department of Labor extended the deadline to apply for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefit for people affected by Tropical Storm Isaías, until January 29, 2021, based on the continuity of recovery from the impact of this storm.

Individuals who were employed or self-employed and living in Aguada, Hormigueros, Mayagüez, or Rincón, and were unemployed as a direct result of Tropical Storm Isaías may be eligible to receive DUA.

To be eligible for DUA benefits, the applicant must:

  • Have applied for Unemployment Insurance benefits (regular unemployment) and have obtained a determination of ineligibility to receive them.
  • Being unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Be available for work, unless you were injured as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Apply for DUA benefits on or before January 29, 2021.
  • Not having rejected a suitable job offer.

The DUA application is available at work.pr.gov.

Applications can be delivered to the mailbox located at the nearest office of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, or virtually through Work. pr.gov/DocUploader.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted to the Department of Labor and Human Resources within 21 days of the day the claim was filed.

Required documentation could include the Social Security number, the most recent copy of the Income Tax Return, check stub, or documentation showing that the applicant was employed or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery after Tropical Storm Isaías, visit fema.gov/es/disaster/4560. Follow us on Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico.

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