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If you were displaced from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Irma or Maria and are now living in CT:

Filing for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits:
You can file for regular unemployment insurance benefits if you worked for an employer in Puerto Rico within the past 18 months. File by visiting the Puerto Rico filing website at or call 787-945-7900 (if you have no internet access). Note: there may be an extensive wait time if you are calling.

Important: Individuals can not file claims through Connecticut’s online claim system. The claim will be rejected; you must file through the Puerto Rico online claim system.

Filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits:
If you are not eligible to collect regular UI benefits from Puerto Rico, you may be eligible for DUA, which may be available if you were self-employed, about to commence work, have little or no prior work history AND you are unemployed as a result of the hurricane.

To file for DUA, you must first file a regular unemployment insurance claim, and then file for DUA. For a DUA application, click here or call 787-945-7900 (if no internet access). Note: there may be an extensive wait time if you are calling.

After you complete the DUA application, you must mail it to:

PRDOL – Interstate Unit
Nacional Plaza, 12th floor
PO BOX 195540
ATTN: Pastora Esteves San Juan, PR 00919-5540

Connecticut’s American Job Centers (AJC):

You are also advised to register for employment services at an American Job Center. You can also use the computer at the AJC to file for regular UI benefits with Puerto Rico. To find the AJC location closest to you, click here.


200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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