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
www.trabajo.pr.gov or call 787-945-7900 (if you have no internet
access). Note: there may be an extensive wait time if you are
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
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
State of Connecticut