How to Apply for UIF Unemployment Benefits Online

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Last Updated on April 21, 2023

Looking for how to apply for UIF unemployment benefits online? Here’s a guide.

How to Apply for UIF Unemployment Benefits Online

Instead of visiting the Department of Labour, you can submit documents via the UIF’s eFilling website and apply for the benefit you need. Claims include unemployment benefits, reduced time benefits, maternity benefits, illness benefits, and adoption benefits.

The first step is to first register in order to activate your eFilling account.

Applying for unemployment benefits

Step 1: Click on “Benefit Application and Payments” on the left, and then click on “Apply for Benefits”.

Step 2: Select which type of Benefit you want to apply for, and click on “Apply” in the bottom right corner.

Step 3: You must accept the terms and conditions to proceed: check the tick box and click on “Next”.

Step 4: Verify your bank details and click on “Next” to continue or click on “Banking Details Incorrect?”.

Bank details may only be captured once on the eFilling system, to update new bank details, download the UI2.8 Form from the Department of Labour website (

One portion of the UI2.8 Form must be completed by your bank and the other portion by you. Email the completed UI2.8 Form and your contact details to

Step 5: Confirm or update your personal details, including physical and postal addresses and click on “Next”.

Step 6: Complete the information related to your occupation and qualifications, and click on “Next”.

Step 7: Update your work seeker information and click on “Submit” when you are done to send your application to the UIF. You will receive a confirmation message if your application was successfully submitted.

Click on the filling system guide for more information on declined applications and to lodge a notice of appeal.

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