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File a Claim

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for unemployment benefits you must:

  • Have been separated from employment through no fault of your own or have had your hours reduced.
  • Be able to work.
  • Be available for work.
  • Be actively seeking employment.
  • Be found monetarily eligible - a claimant establishes monetary eligibility based on work performed during a specific one-year period called the base period.

When should I file my claim?

For unemployment insurance purposes the week begins on Sunday and ends on the following Saturday at midnight.

  • You should file your claim the week in which you become unemployed.
  • The effective date of your claim is the Sunday of the week it is filed.
  • Claims cannot be backdated to an earlier week so it is important to file as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.

What information will I need to file my claim?

Information you will need to have available when you file:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Name, address and telephone number of all employers for whom you worked in the last 18 months or since last registering
  • Wage you are willing to accept
  • Union Local name and number
  • DD214 member copy 4 (proof of military service and wages)
  • SF8 and SF50 (proof of federal civilian service and wages)
  • Your alien identification number (non-U.S. citizen authorized to work in the U.S.)

How do I file my claim?

There are two ways to file your claim:

  • Online using Job Service North Dakota's UI ICE internet site, or;
  • By telephone using our automated telephone system by calling (701) 328-4995

Please note: The UI ICE internet application and the automated phone system are unavailable daily from 10:00 pm to midnight Central Time due to maintenance. Claims Center staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

Apply now using Job Service North Dakota's UI ICE