The only way to know for sure if you qualify for a claim is to file a new application, called an initial claim. Go to the Online Claim System to file an initial claim. You can also call the UI Contact Center at 877-345-3484 and select the option to file a new claim. If you are unable to apply online or by phone, contact us here. We offer language services at no cost.
Your claim is effective the week you apply, so be sure to file your claim during the calendar week you want it to start. A calendar week is Sunday through Saturday.
When you apply, be prepared to provide the following:
- Contact information
- Social Security number
- Complete employment history for the past 18 months, including temporary or part-time work, work outside of Oregon, or work for the federal government.
Once you submit a claim, you cannot make changes to your application. It’s important that you enter all the information completely and correctly when filling out your application. Entering incomplete or wrong information could delay your benefits.
If you indicate that you earned wages in multiple states during your base year, you may have a choice of which state to file your initial claim, regardless of where you live. You will receive information about your choices when your claim is processed.
New initial claim applications that we receive electronically are typically processed within a week.
We will send you important information after we process your initial claim application. Be sure to review the Claimant Handbook and any information we send you, as it will include your Wage and Potential Benefit Report and any next steps you will need to take for claim eligibility.