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Question What do I need to have available when I file an unemployment insurance claim?

Answer What you should have available when you file: *Your Social Security number. *Your New York State driver's license or Motor Vehicle ID card number if you have one. *Your mailing address and zip code. *A telephone number where you can be contacted for additional information. *If you are not a citizen, your alien registration card number. *The names and addresses of all employers for whom you've worked within the last 18 months, including those in another state. *Your copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you had federal employment within the last 18 months. *Your copy of your most recent separation form DD 214, if you are an ex-service member claiming benefits based on your military service. Your claim should be filed in the first week that you have become totally or partially unemployed. A delay may cost you benefits.

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Unemployment Insurance Information for Claimants

Unemployment Insurance Information for Claimants
URL: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/working_ny/unemployment_insurance/claimant/intrntfl.htm

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