The Social Security Office is now accepting May 2020 Unemployment Applications. If this is your first time applying, your application will be automatically filed for May. If you are reapplying for the Unemployment Assistance Benefit your application will also be filed for May. Do let us know if you have returned to work and when or if you have not.

Unemployment Application

Welcome to the E-Unemployment Application System

How do I Apply?


  • For employees to qualify to receive a benefit, they must be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Act.
  • They must have either been unemployed (i.e. either laid off or terminated) as a result of COVID-19,
  • Or they must be underemployed (i.e. currently earning less than EC$1,000 a month) as a result of COVID-19.
  • For self-employed persons their business must have been closed as a result of COVID-19.
  • Employees must have been unemployed or underemployed for 15 days or more prior to making a claim.


  • Payments of up to EC$1,000 will be made to each claimant for up to 3 months once eligibility exists
  • The target date for commencing payments is April 30th, 2020.
  • All claims must be made by the cut-off date of June 15th, 2020.
  • Payments will continue to be made until June 30th, 2020.
  • If an employee is receiving another Social Security benefit related to their inability to work, they will get the difference between that benefit and the EC$1,000 payment.
Persons will not be eligible to receive Unemployment Assistance Benefit under the following circumstances:
  • If they are making more than EC$1,000 monthly.
  • If they were fired for misconduct.
  • If they voluntarily resigned from their position.
  • If they are receiving another Social Security benefit related to their inability to work which is more than EC$1,000.
  • If they are overseas for any reason other than for medical assistance.