San Juan, Puerto Rico — Employees or self-employed individuals in Puerto Rico who became unemployed because of Hurricane Fiona have until Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
Survivors from all 78 municipalities are eligible to file a claim with the Department of Labor and Human Resources. To be eligible for DUA, the individual must be determined ineligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits under any state or federal law. Applicants must first apply for state unemployment benefits by visiting: solicitud inicial de desempleo and state “Hurricane Fiona” as the reason for separation.
Common eligibility requirements for DUA include:
- You were working for someone else or were self-employed in the disaster area when the disaster occurred
- You lost your job, and your place of work was affected, or you are unable to get to your place of work because of the disaster damage incurred
- You lived in the area affected by Hurricane Fiona and were unable to get to your workplace because of the disaster.
How to Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
To access the DUA application and verify eligibility, visit www.trabajo.pr.gov, click on the Online Services link and complete the Initial Unemployment Application. You can also contact the San Juan Call Center at (787) 945-7900, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.