Virginia (VEC) Unemployment Benefits News and Updates on Extended Benefit Programs – $300 LWA, PUA, PEUC and $600 FPUC


[Updated with latest LWA payment status below] The Virginia Employment Commission has received an unprecedented number of unemployment claims resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a spokesperson for the Commission, over 900,000 claims were filed from mid-March through early July in 2020.  In comparison, the Commission processed a similar number of claims over five years from March 2015 through March 2020. Surging demand caused significant delays in the approval and processing of unemployment claims in Virginia. At the start of the pandemic, the existing call center was staffed with 86 employees.  Since that time, an additional 400 employees have been hired to help with the excessive calls.

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) administers the unemployment compensation program for the state.  The VEC is responsible for processing unemployment compensation claims and paying out benefits. See below for details on the newly enhanced unemployment benefits available and how to file a claim.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) in Virginia – Payments now processing and being paid

The VEC has started processing and making payments under the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA). That started processing payments on October 16th (one day later than communicated on their website) and payments started hitting people’s bank accounts or debit cards from October 19th. The VEC also noted it could take 1 to 3 days more after this date to hit your bank account or debit card.

Amounts to qualified applicants will be paid retroactively to August 1 for 6 weeks (up to $1800 in total if you qualified for all 6 weeks). Several readers have acknowledged the lack of information and delayed payment relative to other states as you can see in the comments below. The original payment date was Sep 30, but got changed several times by the VEC due to ongoing system programming issues. This is much later than other states. I will continue to post updates if new information comes to hand. See further details in the section below including a link to the VA LWA page.

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Update from Bill on VEC issues – “So thanks to the assistance of all those on this site I was able to call the VEC [on October 13th] and actually speak to someone regarding the $300. If you are on UI, PEUC, or anything but PUA you will have to call or self certify for LWA to receive the extra $300 retro pay. Also I was told that the payments will start being processed on the 15th of October and the money will hit accounts Thursday the 15th, Friday the 16th or Monday the 19th just depending on your institution or payment method. October 15th is the processing date. So I was told not to panic if the money is not in on the 15th. I hope this helps y’all Virginians.”

VA $300 LWA Payment Confirmation

COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits in Virginia

Under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance available:

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for traditionally ineligible individuals for unemployment benefits, including independent contractors and self-employed individuals.  Recipients may receive up to 39 weeks of benefit payments under this program.

• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): adds $600 per week and the regular benefits that recipients of Unemployment Insurance are entitled to receive; the benefit is retroactive to the week beginning March 29, 2020, and the program expired on July 31, 2020.

• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to regular unemployment insurance recipients.

If you have exhausted benefits paid through the regular unemployment and PEUC program, you may be entitled to receive up to 50% of the total amount received on your regular unemployment benefits through the Extended Benefit (EB) program. This program covers an additional 6 to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits, depending upon the number of weeks you were eligible for benefits on your original unemployment insurance claim.

VA Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Payment Details and Schedule

In addition to the above enhanced benefits, you may be eligible for Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) if you are out of work due to COVID-19. If your weekly benefit payment is at least $100, and you were eligible for unemployment benefits, you may receive an additional $300 in assistance retroactive through weeks ending August 1, 2020 to September 5th, 2020. You do not need to file a separate request/application for LWA; however, you may need to self-certify to confirm that you are unemployed or partially unemployed because of COVID-19.

Applicants only need to self-certify that they are unemployed/partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. If they don’t self-certify by 10/15/20 they may not be eligible to receive any of the $300 due to FEMA funding limitations. See more details on the VA LWA page.

Because of VEC programming/IT issues, the LWA payment will be made after October 15th, well after the funding approval from FEMA (Sep 12th). So most likely the payment to VA residents eligible for this payment will be for the full amount they are eligible for (up to $1800) during the covered period.

Web and/or phone issues with accessing the Virginia Unemployment system

The VES has experienced a high volume of unemployment benefits claims filed since mid-March. Given its lack of staff, the VEC had significant delays in processing claims and answering incoming calls. Also, federal assistance received required changes to their online processing systems, which delayed the processing of claims and benefits. Although the VEC has hired additional personnel and completed updates to their claims processing systems, it is strongly encouraged that new claimants to apply online. 

Initial Claims: If this is the first time that you are filing an unemployment claim under any of the federal or state programs available, you must first file an initial unemployment insurance claim to determine your eligibility and which programs may apply to you.

Initial claims are filed through the Virginia Workforce Connection here.

If you are eligible for regular unemployment benefits, you will receive a Monetary Determination Letter and PIN, typically within 7 to 10 business days of filing your initial claim. Your Monetary Determination letter lets you know what financial benefits you may possibly be eligible for; however, this may change based on the weekly claims you submit (addressed under Existing Claimants below).

If you receive a Monetary Determination letter stating that you are ineligible for regular unemployment benefits, you will then be directed via a phone call or text message to apply for PUA here.

Existing Claimants:  Claimants receiving unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus pandemic must continue to certify every week to receive unemployment benefits under any state or federal program. This includes the additional FPUC $600/week benefit and the PUA program.

The extra $600/week compensation is retroactive to the week beginning on March 29 and ends on July 31. FPUC payments are automatically added to the weekly benefit payment.

Upon exhausting regular unemployment benefits, you must file a separate application to receive PEUC benefits.

Claimants that have exhausted both regular unemployment and PEUC benefits may be eligible for an additional 6 to 13 weeks of unemployment benefits under the Extended Benefits program. A separate application is required.

Filing an Initial Claim

You must file your initial unemployment claim through the Virginia Workforce Development here. You will need the following information to file your first claim. 

  • Social Security Number
  • Personal mailing address and contact information
  • Employment history for the past 18 months, including:
    • Employers’ business names
    • The physical address for each employer
    • Telephone number
    • First and the last date that you worked for each employer
    • The reason you are no longer employed
  • Alien Registration number and the date your work authorization expires if you are not a US citizen
  • The name and local number of the union hall (if you obtain work through a union)

To file a new claim over the phone, the Customer Call Center is available at (866) 832-2363. Phone assistance is available from Monday-Friday 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  You may also file an existing claim over the phone by calling (800) 897-5630.

To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits in Virginia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements during the pandemic:

  • Unemployed or had a reduction in hours due to no fault of your own
  • Earned enough wages to be eligible for unemployment benefits

Filing Weekly Claims

You must file a weekly claim to prove that you are still eligible and qualify for unemployment benefits.  Your weekly claim cannot be filed until the end of the workweek, which is Saturday at midnight. You have up to 28 days after the end of each week that you are unemployed to file this weekly claim. Weekly claims can be filed online or over the phone.

If you don’t file your weekly claim within the required time, you will not be paid unemployment benefits for this week.  You must call the VEC for assistance.

Existing claimants that are eligible for regular unemployment log in here to file their weekly claims.

Existing claimants who are eligible for PUA log in here to file their weekly claims.

To find out your claim’s status, call the Voice Response System at 800-897-5630, and choose “Claims and Benefits.”

If there is a problem with your claim that must be resolved before benefits can be paid or you have appealed a denial in benefits, you must still file a weekly claim online or over the phone. If it is determined that you are eligible or if you win your appeal, you will be paid these benefits retroactively. However, if you win the appeal but have not claimed benefits, you will not be paid for these weeks.

I filed my unemployment claim several weeks ago. Will I receive back pay once my claim is approved?

Over the past few months, the VEC has improved its telephone response and claim processing time. However, the large volume of unemployment claims will result in continued delays. If you are eligible to receive benefits but have not heard anything back yet, you will receive retroactive benefit payments up to the date that you were determined eligible as long as you filed your claims each week.

This also applies to the FPUC $600 per week additional benefit, which expired on July 31. If you have filed an unemployment claim before that date and are still awaiting a response regarding your eligibility for unemployment, you will receive retroactive payments for the back weeks of FPUC. This is the case even if the decision is not made until after the July 31 expiration date. 

If you are not eligible for regular unemployment, you may collect benefits under the PUA program.  To determine eligibility, you must file a new unemployment insurance claim if you have not already done so. Once your eligibility is determined, you may complete a separate PUA application. You should continue to file weekly certifications during this process. If you are eligible for PUA benefits for weeks that have already passed, you may recover back pay if you submitted weekly certifications.

Can I still collect unemployment benefits if my hours have been reduced?

Individuals who work reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic may still be eligible to collect partial unemployment benefits if your gross earnings are less than the weekly benefit amount. You must continue to file your weekly certification and report any of your wages in the week they were earned, not received. Wages earned may reduce your unemployment benefit.

See additional FAQ from the Virginia Employment Commission about unemployment benefits.

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341 thoughts on “Virginia (VEC) Unemployment Benefits News and Updates on Extended Benefit Programs – $300 LWA, PUA, PEUC and $600 FPUC

  1. I Filed for unemployment on sept 7, can anyone tell me please because of the day I applied that’s why I don’t get pay the $300?

  2. Just checked my account and my $1800 was there. I bank with Langley Federal Credit Union

  3. I got my payment and I’m banking with chime it showed up at like 6:45 am this morning no email only a notification on my phone from chime but the full amount came if this helps anyone!

  4. My unemployment ran out on the 26th of September…will I still get the 1800 if my regular unemployment ended but I was still on unemployment during the weeks aug 1st through September 10th.

  5. Who is eligible for the extra $300? For example I have pua and received the extra $600 til July 25? Will I be eligible for the extra $300? I hope so because I’m a single mother of 4 girls and really do need this extra money. My husband got deported and I’m left here with my 4 daughters with no help. Please let me know something thanks and have a great night..

    1. I received my full $1800 deposit this morning at PNC Bank. Thank you President Trump! Was a very long weekend of waiting, wondering and worrying. I hope everyone wakes up to the nice surprise I received a few minutes ago very soon.

      1. Yes, the deposit should be sent to your debit card. I believe the VEC said it may take a little longer to process then if it were going to a bank account.

    1. I really wish someone would respond if the money will be going on our Way2Go cards or not. I keep seeing people say that their bank says they have a pending payment, but I don’t have a bank account.

  6. I have received word from my bank and a email that I have a pending deposit to hit my account on Tuesday Morning this will be such a Huge Relief I hope you all get your answers soon! STAY POSITIVE

    1. I got my DD, never got an email or just appeared! I have the Ace Cash Card. Never said nothing was pending, nothing. next thing i know, at 11:10 on a Sunday night, i have the full $1800.00 on my card, alerted by a text i signed up for. biggest sigh i have breathed in a long time…now…where can i put it?…so many things I owe…..either way…i am grateful!!!

      1. That is awesome! Best surprise lol. Enjoy paying bills . . . sigh. Treat yourself to something if you can :)

        1. Thanks! I am. Place called Relax the Feet. Reflexology massage. Im hoping everyone on this feed gets thiers as well…

    1. My $1800 is now pending!!! Thank goodness. I don’t know when it will be available, probably Monday, hopefully tomorrow though. I will update once it hits. Don’t worry guys, it’s coming!!!!

        1. Im with chime their system is different once its in ur account u can use it..are you from Richmond?

    2. My 1800 will be hitting on monday morning as I have received the notification from my bank today guys remain calm god is good and he will lead it to you all!

      1. Yes got mine DD thru chime anyone else hold on its coming if you met all requirements and I’m on pua have small repair and errands service will we get the other weekly regular 300 plus 9ur pua like normal now or is the lump sum it I have to file my weekly PUA this morning at 8:10am to 8:13 I start calling in order to reach someone live is best time to call is then clock work I’ve talked to agents each time

        1. im om chime i didnt get anything, an ive been on pua ssince march!

  7. I just received my email today at 1:09pm saying the LWA payments started process today, the 16th, a complete contradiction to what they said yesterday, that they started on the 15th. It says allow 3 business days, which would be next Wednesday, if it does not show before I contract VEC. So basically, if I don’t have it by the 22nd, then call them. This is totally uncalled for!

    1. Yea i was saying the same thing how many days it have to be process smdh this crazy vec need to really get together seriously

    1. What bank do you use? I use FLFCU. I know deposit times vary by banking institution.

        1. Yea got chime and usually get my money on tuesday and i didnt get my regular unemployment till wed so i should see it later on tonight or Monday who knows they selling so many dreams

        2. Yeah…I’ve got Ace and usually file Sunday and get Tuesday…but I don’t even have a pending transaction listed yet…and it’s 6pm on a Friday.

        3. No not yet. I don’t even see anything pending yet. I was asking when other people get their regular UI payments to base that off when I should see my LWA. For example, I get my UI payments on Wednesday. However, some people get their regular UI payments on Tuesdays. So if someone from that group received their LWA today, I assume mine should come Monday. I wish there was a more definitive answer on when we will receive the money. I was counting on that money and I don’t like the uncertainties regarding this entire process.

    2. No, not yet. It appears they won’t be adding the extra $100 despite the fact they have half of a billion from the previous Care’s Act. Wondering where that money is going.

      1. My home boy banks with SunTrust and he got his money lastnite no lie at 12 am unfortunately I have a unemployment debt card and we ant heard nothin but I have filled my claim on a Thursday B4 and I get my money on mon at 12am

  8. Good morning,
    I received an email message at 12:42 pm, from Gov2Go stating, “VEC is beginning to process LWA payments today and those who are eligible can expect to see them deposited within the next 1-3 business days.”
    Just in case you were not aware of the latest update.

    1. Yep, I got that same one. What gets me is that they sent it out on a Friday, 10/16/2020. They should have sent it after the holiday on TUESDAY and the accdent that happened!! Also, even tho i did what i thought i should have done, there’s still no way to tell what you are getting…you just have to wait till it shows up. No ” you have succesfully applied. You will be getting $$$ as soon as it is released” All anyone got, from what i understand was a confirmation number. and a wait game.

  9. Joyce Fogg, the communications manager for VEC, said they are processing $481-million for around 389,000 people and the time of receipt would depend on where it is being sent.

    “$481 million that has to be processed by the banks, and posted into the individual accounts at the banks. And then some people get theirs by debit card. So, we have a third party vendor that those funds are released to and they place those on debit cards and that usually takes a little bit longer than the bank processing,” said Fogg. “But, they should expect their payments to be there. Some will probably receive them tomorrow [Oct 16] morning and then it may take two to three days for the others.”

    Fogg said VEC was trying to process the payments earlier but that plan was delayed by a federal holiday and construction outages at Richmond office.

    Hope this info helps others.

  10. Did anyone started receiving the additional 3 week benefit? I received some amount but not the full amount. Is this how it is supposed to be? So many mystery going on. I did self certify. I have the confirmation number. I am on regular UI. VEC should have told us everything instead of guessing on what is going on.

    1. How did you self certify on regular UI? I called the 866 number and they told me to go through gov2go, which told me i was ineligible.

  11. Good morning and thank you for the update. I received an email yesterday that due to the bank holiday on Monday and an apparent fiber optic cable being accidentally cut in the Richmond area on Tuesday, the payments are now delayed up to an additional 2 days.

        1. Hmm Interesting. I wonder why I didn’t receive any emails. I did receive this weeks regular pay though and was confirmed for LWA on 9/30.

      1. No payments reported yet. But if processing started today (10/15) as confirmed by the VEC, people should start seeing payments in bank accounts over the next 1 to 3 business days.

        1. The longer they hold the money more interest they make figure how much money a day interest they make 18 days holding that kind money when we really need it always a excuse they say they hired 400 more ppl will in 8 to 10 hours slot of us could have the money but it’s always something but not owe them they take everything u got but they can hold our money and make excuses Long as they want

        2. I called because an they said I had six 300 dollars payments I was approved for on Thursday morning an to give it 24 to 48 hours is what she told me. That was Friday. I called my bank and they have no post pending how can that be.

        1. still waiting…even checked account to see if i had pending….

        2. All this really just pisses me off, cuz it has you second guessing yourself because there is no way to know if all is well, if you need to do anything else, if you forgot one thing…none of that…and the wait time for phone calls is truly RI-dick-u-lus!!!u truly wont know until you either get or dont get the money..and then you dont know if its too late to try to get it….

  12. I have been partially unemployed since July 1,2020 because of the restaurant that I work for can’t fully reopen until at this point.VEC representative promised me in August that someone will call me but no one ever did. I have been calling the agency again but no luck.So I missed a lot of weekly payments including FPUC and now I am about to miss the LWA payments also.Will I get paid retroactively once someone will finally ever start working on my claims?

    1. Same here. Unemployed since Feb 1st and no cares act money, no LWA, only 158 a week. WTH am I suppose too do with that?. I have called, emailed, chatted… And just today I found I was approved for 2 weeks of the 300 that was suppose to be coming in 6 week lot… After chatting with a agent. Still. 600.00 Will bring my back acct. to 0.00.. so thanks VEC FOR NOTHING. SERIOUSLY!

      1. I called VEC an a lady said I had been approved for six $300 dollar payments on Thursday morning and to give it forty eight hours but called on Saturday to my bank an they said I had nothing pending. How can that be.

  13. This state is the worst ive never seen anything like this we actually have to wait more time for our money??

    1. Stop complaining you ungrateful person. This is free money and you have done nothing to earn/deserve it (unlike like regular UI where you pay taxes). I get people are impacted by COVID through no fault of their own but don’t expect government agencies to suddenly get efficient with millions relying on handouts (the same people who think politicians will save them). Instead hustle and find ways to make money. Virginia still has low unemployment relative to other states and there are many new online jobs available. You need to change your perspective and change with the the times instead of complaining about delayed handouts from government agencies. I guarantee they won’t allow you to pay your taxes late (your $300 LWA is taxable buddy)!

        1. Actually I was ON YOUR SIDE! My comment was to the other guy but OKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so YEAH it was funny to me that he had the nerve to post something like that

      1. Ungrateful? U know nothing of me. Who ever u are it easy for u too say this too me on here huh im always available Mr jeffery. Before u say something make sure u understand why we all are upset at this slave driven state… I have kids like others that need me more than ever my hustle is always on point but if the state suck thats jus what it is you have anything to say to personally and not over the web call me at 8045372205 and we can go from there if not say nothing to me about how i feel and many others ..

      2. Ive never relied on this weak as government ..u are programmed like many others that walk this earth ..ur knowledge is minimized..u only know what they programmed u to know so before u say anything understand things first before coming for my head..with that being said dont post nothing towards me on what i deserve they owe the people much more than what they giving..

      3. Jeffery B: I agree with your comments except: EMPLOYEES do not pay into the unemployment system at all–it is 100% funded by EMPLOYERS based on their experience rating.

      4. Jeffrey don’t be so hateful ok we deserve that mny now cause its ours not there’s ok that’s all bru we all in the same boat

  14. When I received a text message like last month about applying for the LWA funds I completed or at least thought I completed an application for it. It showed on my timeline on gov2go that it was completed. When I went back to my timeline this morning it showed me that it’s past due so through email I spoke to a gov2go representative and they said as long as I received a confirmation number I was all set and that it wouldn’t let me submit it twice. So I went to the application and answered the questions and it gave me a confirmation number today. So what I am worried about is whether or not I will be receiving these LWA funds at all. They said that I would have to talk to VEC for further information about that and when I did speak to someone from VEC, (who by the way was less than enthused to speak to me) told me that the only thing she could see is whether or not my application is submitted not the date that it was submitted or any approvals. So in their system it’s showing that my application was submitted but I’m afraid that it’s a late submission, so needless to say I feel sick right now. Does anyone have any insight to this situation? And I don’t understand why it would have told me completed and then a month later say past due. It also told me that my extended benefits application was completed the same time I applied for the LWA funds. The extended benefits were approved. I do qualify for the weeks the LWA funds are covering. I’m just afraid I got screwed on this application process. Please help!!

    1. I do think you are fine as long as you have a Conf#. The Gov2go site has had many glitches so sometimes things appear red even if before they were green and showed you completed the step. Also it seems to me that the VEC and Gov2go really don’t communicate with each other well. Many times they provide conflicting information which only adds to the confusion and stress. For example Gov2go sent a message stating that one of the reasons payments may be delayed is because of the power outages. However the VEC had posted a tweet that said the power outages had not affected their work.

      1. I appreciate you responding to my questions. I was fortunate enough to talk to somebody at my local unemployment office this morning. She pretty much said the same thing you did so that is a relief. You are right about the lack of communication between gov2go and VEC. She informed me that they don’t communicate. She told me not to worry and to stay off the Internet. Lol

    2. Hello, Erin…and Andy….thanks for this connection for us all!

      Erin, I’m Kim…and i tell you, i started getting text messages from VEC i freaked…general messages, no detail in what ur sposed to do and no one to talk to. and then when you do get someone!!!! I got a lady in Chesapeake, working from home(of course!) I asked all kinds of questions…and she said “Ms Armstrong, you have to read the entire texts, it does take comprehension”… :( are you calling me STUPID?!?! oh, i was LIVID!! still am…. anyway, i said that to say this…we are all in need, and we feel your pain, but don’t stress…don’t overthink, you did the right thing, and you finally got thru to a voice…which is really what all of us want to hear. VEC is/was very laxed on their communication, customer service, transparency and fluidity in their actions and end results. While we are all working people, which is why we are eligible for UB (this for the dude that said we are wanting handouts–kick rocks!) I found out about Gov2go and applied (overapplied!) for everything! Do not take what you did to heart, I know we need this money, and its coming, but have more faith in yourself and your mind and mentality. Its coming…and when you get it…give us a shout back…lol!! i’m sure we all will be shouting!

      To end this comment, I would like to give my work cell out. I am an Area Manager for Jackson Hewitt out of the Portsmouth Area. We need to hire 30-35 people to start Dec. 2oth for the upcoming tax year. This year has been debilitating to us all, and we want to help our community in the way that we can. call me…lets figure some things out…757-535-6398

    3. You’re situation sounds exactly like mine. So today I called 1 (866) 832-2363, and it said it has a new option so you can check the status of your claim. When I checked my status, it said your check of ……. was processed on ……… Please call back during regular business hours. The parts were I just put dots were cuz nothing was said. So I have to wait til Monday to find out if I’m getting anything at all.

      1. When you did your application you should have gotten a confirmation number and then it would have told you to do a one time attestation. Once thats done or been done you should be good…or easy enough to fond in the system. Im still waiting. No email. Nothing pending. Nada. They said call after the 3 days but ill be online at 8am on Monday!

      2. I’m at the point where I’m just trusting God will take care of it. I want my money just as much as everyone else, but it is what it is. I hope your money come through on Monday too.

  15. It is October 15 and when I checked at the bank for my Lost Wage payment, nothing. Zip, nada. WTH?
    where is the money?

    1. Per article … payments will start being processed on the 15th of October and the money will likely hit accounts 1-3 days after October 15th depending on your institution or payment method. October 15th is the processing start date

      1. Andy…this has been a help to a lot of people…i know, im one!…if this is the right Andy…lol!! Thank you so much for this communication board!…If you are not the one me a favor and pay it forward…

  16. My UI claim exhausted Aug 26. I filed for extension but I havent heard back anything from VEC started the gov2go account and did everything on there it asked me to and told me i was eligible for 158 welly but if i wanted to receive more, up to 378 the. I had to submit my w-2.. i did this also.. I still am not receiving any unemployment, I dont know what to do and I SHOULD be qualified for the first 4 weeks of LWA since I was receiving my benefits then but I can never get a person on the line. It’s been 5 weeks now since I have gotten anything. I have been told my application was received but couldnt be given a time frame for when it would be processed. My kids and I are running out of money and options and I cant seem to get any answers from VEC. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions. I’m really really worried.

  17. So its Oct. 15th Virginia. I’m on PEUC and certified through Gov2Go for the LWA program….NOTHING IN MY ACCOUNT THIS MORNING. I wonder if they realize most people have more that 1800 in bills and late fees at this point? Waiting what has already been 2 months and seems like will be delayed AGAIN for what? Programming? You mean to tell me everyone on VECs tech team can’t get a payment system programmed IN TWO MONTHS?!?!

    1. Today is oct 15th so they are on time just the payment is processing now IF you’re even eligible stop complaining sheesh

  18. Delayed Again!!!!! Smh…. Im giving up on this shit just glad to have got my regular funds.. VA need to do better. I guess we will wait til end of week to at least get a statement of whats going on with VEC.

  19. I fill out everything on my Gov2Go app I submitted the document it asked for. My weekly self attestment was back on sept 16 I believe I did that already but when I click to try to do it again it tells me my social security number has no weekly self attest to certify and when I try to apply for LWA it says that I do not have to do this because I do verify through my weekly claims that I’m out of work due to Covid 19. But I never received a text message or remember receiving a text message. I get $158 a week. Will I still get the $300?

  20. What if I only qualify for 5 out of the 6 I kno one of those weeks I made more with employer but the rest I got unemployment

  21. How we get a delay on our LWA funds not alone we waited a extra 2 weeks for …smh i so hate VA

  22. So thanks to the assistance of all those on this site I was able to call the VEC and actually speak to someone regarding the $300. If you are on UI, PEUC, or anything but PUA you will have to call or self certify for LWA to receive the extra $300 retro pay. Also I was told that the payments will start being processed on the 15th of October and the money will hit accounts Thursday the 15th, Friday the 16th or Monday the 19th just depending on your institution or payment method. October 15th is the processing date. So I was told not to panic if the money is not in on the 15th. I hope this helps y’all Virginians.

    1. Yes thanks Bill for updating us since the ones who actually work at VEC don’t send credible info to everyone. So now its today they “begin” processing, sigh . . . . They know full well most were under the impression the 15th was actual payment date but they did nothing to clarify. Seems at this point the money may not be seen till 2021. If it comes early it will be a happy surprise.

    2. I submitted the lwa stuff by the 30th. It was a quick process so they are saying it’s being processed. It’s a miracle you got through to anyone Bill.

  23. I was told today by unemployment office that payments for this week may be delayed because Monday was a holiday and the system went down yesterday. This is for unemployment and LWA

        1. Normally I get mine on Tuesday, holiday will throw it off a Day so hopefully today

        2. I feel the same guys. I’m on pua in va. I hope they put all 1800 at one time. It’s already been spent

    1. So from the chat I was on this morning the LWA is delayed again……imagine that. So this is the response I just got from the rep. They will not be paid out on October 15th. The VEC has ran into several problems with programming our system for the payout of the LWA Program. We do not have a definite date that it will be corrected. They are working diligently to get those issues resolved but we do not have a definite date of payout in place at this time. I do apologize

      1. This is so mess up ..Virginia always gotta be last city to get anything.and now they saying the LWA money still not going be posted Oct 15..Sad

    2. I got my regular unemployment but none of the extra i was approved for. I’m not sure why

    3. I received regular payment today, No LWA payment how much longer do we have to wait geesh…. Bills are piling up

        1. Took only 3 wks to get the 600 but taking 3 months to get 300. Been sitting on the bucks since August. With interest could have paid the 400.

  24. I’m already getting regular unemployment I also applied and qualified for LWA, I was told that I could also apply for the pay. Got a message on five app starring that I need w2 form for last year. I have that just don’t know how to upload. I called tonight to check status Of my account and it’s sayin my social and my pin is invalid. Can someone help me with this please.

    1. They same thing happened to me. I called they said sinse I am on pua I didn’t have to send them my w2 s. So your good. Is your lwa light green

      1. Hey Mike my homeboy that banks at SunTrust got his lastnite and it is the hole 1800 that’s what this whole delay has been about they did not want to have to use this new system every week for six weeks they wanted to get the whole amount out at one time and in the process this is just my opinion they drew interest off the money while it was sitting somewhere

  25. I have a cuestión ? I have regular unemployment claim but I did Aply for LWA On September 30 on va2go App And When I done say complete and I recive it my confirmation on my email do I gonna ge it the retro active ? Thanks

  26. This information is incorrect.
    “Applicants only need to self-certify that they are unemployed/partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. If they don’t self-certify by 10/15/20 they may not be eligible to receive any of the $300 due to FEMA funding limitations. See more details on the VA LWA page.”

    I have a friend who became unemployed in late August due to Covid19. She applied for VEC and was approved getting her award letter in early September. She did not get any notice about LWA. I told her about it and today (10/10/20) she applied for LWA. She was deemed ineligible. My queries on her behalf revealed the cut off date to apply for LWA was actually 9/30/20. And so it goes.

    1. It seems like the cutoff to apply for LWA was 9/30 and the cutoff to self-certify for LWA was 10/15. I believe it is 2 different things. I applied for LWA on 9/28, when I applied for PEUC on Gov2Go. I didn’t know about the self-certification until I read this article, so I did that 10/12. And of course you should continue to certify weekly for unemployment.

      1. PEUC is to get an additional 13 weeks of unemployment so it would seem you would only need to do that part if your current UI had expired. If it isn’t then you should only need to apply for LWA.

  27. I’m just curious have been unemployed since March so lwa Beni fit is from August 1 thru sept 5 so if I just went back too work in oct so I won’t be filing my weekly claim anymore starting this week oct 15th will I automatically get my payment for the weeks it was available or will I need to do something???

  28. does anyone know if when it says fill out the payment section on the gov2go is how they will be sending the payment, I had my bank account information set up on the VEC that my payment automatically go in every month, so is this the way we will be getting our payment now ?

  29. Why act so surprised they are needing documentation? If you were self employed, you surely file taxes? So that’s what you send on- the PROOF that you were self employed.
    What I’ve seen is people who surely have not worked a lick in the last two years for sure, who never intended on working, claiming they’re “self employed” – well, now I guess it’s do or die!
    IF you worked, you can prove it!

  30. If you didn’t lose your job due to pandemic but still get unemployment do you still qualify for LWA

    1. I was told Yes by an agent if you are collection partial unemployment you qualify for LWA

  31. I was receiving everything until I got the Gov2Go app and turned in everything now when I call it says 000 and I have no weeks to claim ???

  32. if you call 866.832.2363 then press 1 followed by 9 – you’ll get a live agent
    Hope this helps :)

    1. They told me they are only claims Every time I call it hangs up on me if I follow thru to speak to someone

  33. Va should be ashamed of theirselves! Tell the people it was glitch in the system, bull crap Va!! The longer that money stays there they can draw interest off it!!

    1. There was a list of all the States that Governors applied for the Federal Funds for their residents; Guess who didn’t do it until three days before the deadline; my Sis in Florida; (Republican Governor) they received their $400 yes they paid the additional $100 that our Governor refused to pay 6 weeks ago. We are now waiting for ours to be in Somewhere around Oct 15th. Shame on them all!

  34. I am so sick if Virginia unemployment this is rediculous not only did they wait till the September 30th deadline to tell us the wages have been delayed they have the nerve to delay it for two whole weeks and we still don’t know if it will go out then. And even if it does we still have to wait for it to hit our bank account the polititians truly dropped the ball on this and on top of it all you literally can’t even talk to a representative other states websites are much clearer with more information Virginia didn’t even tell us how we needed to self certify until recently I wanna get my hands around somebody neck

  35. I was told by VEC to just put ten zeros and you will be good to go. Hope this helps it worked for me

    1. Oh goodness lol. I just put the 9 digits in and then in place of the letter I put a 0. So maybe all zeros would work too

    2. Hi Tonya,
      What is the ten zeros means? Please help me understand this ten zeros thing. Thanks.

      1. Ten zeros if your LWA earnings documentation has no ten-digit state ID number. Enter ten zeroes instead.

  36. Reading through the comments i feel just like others virginia as whole is terrible its no way we have to wait this long for our money do they really understand we living in a pandemic?! Or do they dont care is what it look like …..its truly sad we all have to suffer behind actions of tge government and Congress how is that we have to wait after Hawaii? Yes …smh i looked it up and i was in rage…we need our money and demand it right now!!

    1. VA applied for the Federal Funds; three days before the deadline; hence the reason it is taking so long; Florida was paid week ago we now have to wait until Oct 15th.

      1. They applied way before that. States that applied after us have already received their money. Stop spreading false bshi$

  37. I received an Email that you can now upload your tax return as a proof of income to LWA but only if you are on PUA. It didnt mention anything about regular UI or PUAC. I am on regular UI. What does it mean for me or others that are on regular UI or PUAC?

  38. I have been self certifying weekly. Got the message to go to gov2go to recertification. They are asking for documents. I called the office. Lady told me they already have them & just click “ive already done this”. Fine, turns green. Today its red again for both me & partner. Clicked it again, green, refresh page, red. Says its incomplete. Im worried if I enter the incorrect info I will be rejected. Its like they are hoping we f*ck up so they don’t have to pay.

    If anyone can help please, for the love of God help me.

    1. Seems like the link turning back to red is a glitch. If you have confirmation that you completed their requirements then I think you are fine.

    2. I know I’m worried to. I’ve been on pua because I don’t have w2 1099. I don’t have that. Well it let me certify all the weeks but it’s got me worried! I need this money to pervade for my family. Well good logos luck in va

  39. Maybe this might help some people I talked to the unemployment place yesturday and the woman had informed me that the PUA document and the lost wages is 2 different things if u self certify if ur on regular unemployment u dont do the PUA document cus its different the PUA document has nothing to do with the lost wages program thats only if u r on PUA and u want to increase ur wages like if u make only 50 dollars on there u can get between 158 to 378 increase…i hope this helps people cus I was just confused as everyone else was..

    1. Hi! So my gov2go keeps asking for my w2 documents. Even when I select that ive already done it, I go back in and it turns red. I just want to make sure I get the 300. Ive already been receiving unemployment since March. Is this the document you are speaking of?

      1. Hey Krista if you have already received a confirmation number for gov2go you are fine. I experienced the same from green to red back to green. We have been waiting too long and because of that my bills have doubles.

    2. Hi Tiffany,

      That was told to me as well. PUA you will automatically get the money – it is only if you want to increase the amount. When I logged in after Fema approved VA, I had attest going back to July. There is nothing more to do if you are collecting through PUA. If you get over $100 in PUA you will automatically get the LWA.

  40. Can someone please help trying to submit my documentation for my claim and I was told that my 10 digit state id number and wages for each quarter in 2019 was on my monetary determination letter that I cant seem to there some way I can get a copy of my letter or get the info somewhere else?

    1. Your W-2 or 1099 should have the employer id #. Since the gov2go site only accepts digits if your employer # has a letter as part of their id then I entered a 0 in its place. As for your quarterly earnings you just have to pull out pay stubs and do the math. That is what I ended up doing. Just make sure the total for each all 4 quarters equals the same that your employer reported on the W-2 or 1099.

    2. Does anyone know if the funds are still going to be released on 10/15/2020?

  41. Does anyone know how long it takes Peuc to be approved and funds to be sent out once I finished the application?(received a confirmation number) My regular unemployment funds are exhausted.

    1. I guess I have been lucky. I had no problem filing for initial UI benefits. My last payment was 9/23. I received a text on 9/23 about the PECU. I went to Gov2Go filed for my PECU on 9/23 received a confirmation number and was approved in less than 24 hours of doing so. I received my first payment for PECU on 9/30. I received a text and email about the LWA on 9/24, applied and received a confirmation number the same day. I guess I was doing something right!

      1. Can you please help me do it right. I thought I did everything .I was receiving everything until that Gov2Go App now It says Im at 000 status???

    2. Wondering the same thing, especially since I was approved 2 weeks ago and now it’s saying claim couldn’t be processed due to outstanding issue and when I’ve called everyday for the past 2 weeks I’m hung up on 25 times a day, it’s ridiculous!!

      1. Everyone be ready. Even if Virginia does get its act together and complete the “system changes” for LWA it will only pay $900 for the first payment (minus taxes) instead of the lump sum many of us thought we would get.

        1. Where are you getting this info from? They are supposed to be paying out the full amount.

  42. if u get regular UI not PUA do u still have to certify? I do not have go2gov account.

  43. I called VEC yesterday twice. Spoke to two different people that verified those currently on PUA do not have to do anything. They even entered my SS# to verify. The $300 per week is retroactive to August 1st and will be paid. No need to send any documentation.

    Hope this helps.

    1. Are you referring to the Gov2Go request for income verification for increase from 158 per week?

    2. My question is I get PUA and I got 4 back weeks of 158 only and currently get each week on time current and no attest weeks to do now will I get the retroactive 300 being on PUA I started on 8/9/20 and 12/26/20 is my end date and it say I can receive 39weeks do I automatically get the 300 with out doing anything self employed and affected by Covid 19?

  44. I never received my first payment which included my backpay,I received all the rest…can’t get any help from anywhere

  45. I guess I have been lucky. I had no problem filing for initial UI benefits. My last payment was 9/23. I received a text on 9/23 about the PECU. I went to Gov2Go filed for my PECU on 9/23 received a confirmation number and was approved in less than 24 hours of doing so. I received my first payment for PECU on 9/30. I received a text and email about the LWA on 9/24, applied and received a confirmation number the same day. I guess I was doing something right!

  46. My situation is the same as yours and I am in Virginia as well. The numbers i have called wil not forward me to a live agent, Nor is there any way to certify the claims on the gov2go site.

  47. I applied for PUA in July, they only gave me $1200 but I did all my weeks over the phone. I never got all of the back pay and I can’t get a hold of anyone on the phone. Has anyone else had that issue?

    1. My fiance was approved and filed all his back weeks on the phone he gets all his payments in time since he was approved but still hasn’t received his back pay either which is like 1we and we cant get ahold of anyone either!

      1. So this happened to me as well and i was freaking out!! I couldnt get ahold of anyone either nor could I think of what happened until one day by the grace of god I ran across my old unemployment way2go debit card they load your payments on if you dont have a bank account for direct Deposit.this was the card I had used when I was on unemployment a year and a half ago before all this started keep in mind… When ever everyone started applying when the PUA program started you had to make a whole new account even if you already had a existing account for the VEC if you were on unemployment before which until the program issues started starting the PUA you could only have and use the same VEC account you started unemployment with even down the road and you had to apply for unemployment again you could only file the initial claim thru you original VEC account. Everyone had to make a new account no matter what it was you were applying for. Doing that the way I took it considering they were asking how I wanted my payments received as well as the option to send me a whole new payment card I never thought they would possibly deposit my back payment onto my old unemployment card thru them until I happened to run across it in a drawer and I just left it on the counter with the possible idea that my back pay was maybe loaded on. Later that week before I put it back in the drawer I called and checked the balance and $4,658 was on it i swear to gosh!!! Grace of god seriously!! So if anyone was on unemployment before and you are missing your back pay i bet you what happened is similar to my situation

    2. Yes!!! I found mine !! They loaded it to my old unemployment payment card I used when I was on unemployment over a year and a half before all this! Called the balance on the card just to see with slim to none chance I thought that it would be there and $4,658 was the balance I almost cried because I really needed it i was so behind on my bills due to this pandemic I was so stressed especially when I was supposed to have gotten that already and didnt.. I hope that helps

  48. What joke these people are in vec etc ,you keep us hanging by a string like starved people trying to get a bite to eat! Shame on you! The almighty God is watching and is not pleased w your actions to the people who are depending on this!

  49. It seems as though I am approved for PUA, and I’ve already claimed my first week but I don’t see anything anywhere about claiming my prior weeks to collect back pay. Where do I find these past weeks claims? Also my monetary report didn’t say anything about previous weeks but yet I was approved. Its just very confusing

  50. So if you receive va pua we automatically qualify for LWA and don’t have to self certify or do we?

  51. Vec should be ashamed Of themselves to just change the date without letting anybody know at least you can be honest

  52. Regular UI has to run out I’m getting PUEC now due to my regular UI running out

  53. Why did it only take 2 weeks to program 600 but will take 12 weeks for 300. Virginia is a democratic state an is dragging their feet. 45 states are paying. Virginia needs to for their programmers an no they do not get unemployment.

    1. I’m hearing we should be getting 6 weeks( the FULL amount) on 10/15. Crossing fingers because everyday something changes.

    2. Everyone was eligible for the 600 but you have to make at least 100 in U/I to qualify for LWA. I wondered that that too

    3. Part of it is because Va waited to the last moment to ask for the the money from the Gov to send out to pay people. Va is such a rich state thanks to Northern Va, and yet our min wage is 7.25 and the cost of living is to dam high. And Mass unemp rate is 1200. a week for unknown reasons and we are here at 378. max WTH

  54. I live in Virginia and I’m on PUA aswell and I’ve been getting PUA payments since may..but now this will be the second week of me having no payments, even though they still left me file on the gov2go app…I’ve tried calling and calling but i can never get in touch with anybody.

  55. Hello. I get my last Regular UI payment tomorrow. Tried applying for PEUC on Gov2Go— they’re saying “”SSN provided is not currently approved for PEUC”” Does this mean I can’t receive additional benefits? Any information anyone may have would be helpful. Thank you kindly.

    1. I believe we have 39 weeks of coverage for UI. Assuming you started in April until now, that is only 24 weeks. So are you sure that tomorrow is your last payment of UI?

      1. My bad. We dont have 39 weeks. Where do i check how many weeks do i have left? And how do i check?

        1. You can check your account bal when you call in to file weekly claim. There is a option for account bal. take that amount and divide it by what you get weekly. The number you get will be your remaining Weeks.

    2. Because it was done via Congress like unemployment is usually done but this 300 Trump issued isn’t going through in the usual unemployment manner

    3. I had the same issue this morning. I just tried again and it went they with no problem. I used the Gov2Go app. I would suggest trying again in the morning.

    4. KJ do this……. The date you get your last payment in your bank, call and press option 1 for Eng, then 1 again and then 4. A person will answer to apply for PEUC and you should get paid the very next week for 13 weeks. Keep up on those weeks yourself and when you expire that then it will be the EB you apply for.
      Gov2Go auto sends everyone the same thing….. People need to know if it applies to them or not, that factoid is NEVER explained to people. AND we can only be on 1 asst program at a time til they expire.The mass emails, texts and Gov2go’s dont explain these things. Your gonna be OKAY !!!

  56. I have a question idk if anyone else is having the same issue I am but I am on regular unemployment for pua but it is telling me I need to provide documents for pua why is that if I am on regular unemployment not pua..does that mean I wont get the extra 300?

    1. To get 300 you need to certify that job loss was due to COVID. This is similar to PUA criteria, so maybe asking for the same paperwork

    2. Tiffany, there are 4 levels of unemp. 1st is regular for 26 weeks, then you apply for PEUC for 13 weeks, then EB for 6 to 13 weeks and then PUA is the last step. We can only be on 1 level at a time til it expires.
      For the ppl that work for themselves or gig workers they HAVE to start on the PUA. THOSE ppl are the ones that have to submit their w2 or 1099 to get the 300. extra. If you started on PUA then you would have to do that step. If you have been on reg unemp including the 600. all you have to do is apply for the LWA on the gov2go site, get your confirmation # and you will be Golden !!!

  57. Im trying to apply for LWA and it keeps saying my SSN isn’t eligible.
    I try calling customer service and they dont answer. Please help

    1. If you are on PUA you don’t do the LWA certification…if you try it will come up ineligible ssn. If you’re on PUA you already certified for those weeks and you will get the LWA 300 payment.

    2. Jacki, That is a glitch on their system You need to call and press 1 for Eng 2 for Spanish, then opt 1 then opt 4. ONLY THEN (lol) will you get a person. Tell them the ssn prob and that you want to apply with them on the phone, get your confirmation # and you will be all good !!! Promise

    1. No. PUA already requires that certification. But you should double check via portal for your specific situation

      1. What do you mean by specific situation i have the same thing my wife and brother and edryone else has on there gov2go so I DO NOT HAVE TO DO THAT? Rite ?

    1. What the officials in Virginia are trying to do is delaying the payment and hoping that congress will pass another relief bill before the end of next week. The Governor has to be blamed for this delay . He doesn’t care about the suffering of his citizens.

      1. I agree!! The state got the fema loan on August 26!! Why are we now being told we have to wait til October 15?? Let governor northam try and live on 158$ a week and see how fast the system is updated. This is al a load of crap!! But my voice doesn’t matter we all need to go peacefully protest and try and get something done.


    2. I think October 15th is bull. It didn’t take that long when we were approved for the 600$. Why is it that Virginia was approved for the fema loan on August 26 and we are still waiting for help!! I guess the little people don’t matter they are still getting paid no matter what they do or don’t do. Let them try and live on 158$ a week and see how fast something happens. Take away the governors pay til the computer system gets updated. It’s all bull.

      1. What does ten digit state I’d mean when it comes to the self certify questions? My previous employer? My ID number? What ten digit number?

      2. Everybody keeps saying that va is only getting like 9 hun. I hope this is bad info considering the other states got 1800. Va is screwing us

      3. no it would be a good thing for everybody in Virginia and maybe other places because of what Congress is doing about the stimulus and arguing Republicans and Democrats and they’re not worried about us they took a vacation during the middle of a stimulus debate they don’t care I really don’t think we should vote. This year nobody should vote everybody on this site who agrees do not vote for nobody they do not care about us because they’re not broke they are showing at every day and yeah they’re going to agree to give us that $600 back and all that stuff because as you can tell it’s almost January they’ll agree to do all this right about Thanksgiving so they only have to pay us for maybe six weeks and did not have their numbers correct but they don’t care about us

  58. No Make any sense living behind 260,000 Virginians who make Less than $100 Bucks Every body wants to eat I have 5 kids what can i do to pay my Bills Money for the people is money for the Economy ? God Bless Virginians.

    1. U have to have earned at least $1 from UI between the weeks of Aug 1st & Sep 5th to get the $300

  59. I just recently went back to work, this is my second week back. I was still eligible to receive unemployment, but once I started working I stopped filing claims. I was on unemployment from June 20th till September 20th. Will I still receive my retroactive payments even though I’m back at work now?

    1. Yes, starting August 1 you will get the retro but you have to go to GOV2GO and self certify.

  60. Yesterday VEC website said the back pay for LWA would be paid Sept. 30th. Suddenly today that date was changed to reflect Oct. 15th. The delay in these payments is affecting my ability to pay rent. None of our citizens, politicians, or media seem to have any sense of urgency in helping those of us who lost our job due to COVID-19. Many other states have already paid most of up to 6 weeks worth of back pay at $300 per week. Who is going to help me convince my landlord that it’s not my fault that I am going to be late again for rent this month. I have to pay late fees and risk eviction or unlawful detainer notices due to unknown reasons about it taking 2 and half months to reprogram and pay money promised by our government. I have worked regularly/paid taxes since I was 16 years old. For once in my life I am not working due to this pandemic and watching my family fall in and out of financial crisis due to congress being unable to pass a bill. They spend months arguing and leaving people in dire straits and why would they even care about us little folks anyway. They have there 3 or 4 homes, their yachts, their private jets etc etc. And here I struggle to find employment, struggle to collect unemployment benefits, struggle to pay bills including rent. My landlord isn’t going to just believe the state of virginia delay in paying me is why Im late. So I have to live next door to him and face awkward encounters and stress and embarrasment. How do we make voices heard? How do we put pressure on politicians? Does anyone even care??? I live in fear of not being able to pay rent or car insurance or other bills on time. This in turn costs me extra money and fees and the constant fear of losing my home or not having money for groceries and gas. Does anyone have any ideas what we can do to make sure people know this is happening and to make sure that our government is working to resolve these issues for us ASAP and not causing delays over pride or other political reasons. #lwa #virginia #vec #unemployment

    1. If your landlord does not understand then either they can’t pay their bills too because they are relying on your rent to pay their mortgages (thats understandable) OR hes being a douche. If he knows you are unemployed due to the pandemic then Idk why he wouldn’t believe you. He can look up the status for himself regarding the VEC and their delay of paying out LWA. Thankfully my landlord is really understanding and I keep them updated every few weeks or so. I still don’t think they can evict you though. I thought Governor Northam had that extended.

  61. I have been getting pua from the beginning. I am self employed. According to the gov2go I did not have to attest to prior weeks. I did get an email saying if I turn on documentation i could get a bump in benefits. I got to file for lwa and ot says my ssn is invalid. What am I to do? How do I turn in my documentation for the bump if it won’t let me attest to anything? Thank you for your time and help with this. I am so frustrated. My head hurts.

    1. [VIRGINIA] LWA Self certification is now ready on Gov2Go APP
      See title.. UI, PEUC, and EB ONLY PUA does not have to do this!

      Gov2Go app is where you do this! enjoy..

      Edit: Seems a lot of people don’t understand the system they been using..

      UI, PEUC, and EB have to self certify on the Gov2Go app! People on PUA do not have to because they been certifying all along with their weekly assertions! From what I understand, Per a rep who is in our FB group, People on PUA should be receiving a text sometime before the 30th telling them this!

      You can thank the VEC for making this a gigantic cluster****

      Second Edit: If you are an out of state worker getting VA benefits, You must change your location in the Gov2Go app! In your profile under location you put in the zip code of your employers location and refresh the page! LWA info will show up after that!

      1. Can you please tell me how to get the back weeks to show up on my pua gov2go app ? I really need help understanding what I’m doing. I was supposed to get 600 from April 4 to July 25. Nothing. I get 158. I’ve called and emailed… Nothing! I can’t keep doing this. Please help if you can. Thank you!

    2. Your okay – you do not need to do anything. Unless you believe you should be getting more than what you are getting then you could give them documentation and they will recalculate it. You will automatically get the extra $300 per week if you started on PUA.

  62. Gov2gov app what is the Payment method for enter credit card ?? (What is that for ?? And how will I get paid is this connected to the vec unemployment website ???

  63. Anyone who files the lost wage program did it tell you approved or did it just give you a confirmation number please help this is frustrating..

    1. I didn’t see anything that said approved. I just got a confirmation number so I’m HOPING that was the approval. And yes I agree this is very frustrating.

  64. I already receive unemployment will I automatically get the 300 or do I have to certify on the gov2go website?

  65. How can you find out how many benefits you have left ? Is there a number to call ?

    1. call the same number that you call to file the continued weekly claim and follow the prompts to check your account balance.

  66. I’ve been getting PUA in VA since march, haven’t missed 1 week. When I go to certify for LWA it says SSN invalid??? What’s that? Why? Does PUA people not have to?

    1. It was the same for me. Have you received any update message on the app? I did but it states with my being eligible, I have to provide my W2, I misplaced it in my move so I have no idea how to get it back. I am worried for sure. Because this would mean I am certain that they will cut my benefits all together. I believe that is the same thing. I replied to someone else lower down but I wanted to make sure you were answered too.

  67. When I went in. Had to click on the services tab and then its was listed at the bottom. You check the box then go back to timeliness and once it refreshes it will show the LWA certification. Hope that helps. Have until Sept 30th to do it

  68. I never received a email or text to certify for lost wage does that mean I’m not eligible but I went to gov2gov and did it and got a confirmation number does that mean I was approved

    1. If you were approved after certifying you should get LWA. As a reminder to get LWA you need at least $100 per week in unemployment insurance compensation from current state UI or existing enhanced unemployment benefit programs (e.g PUA, PEUC, EB).

  69. Ok I applied before july 31st hopeing to get the back pay from march when I had to stop work it is Sept 25th and the only thing I get is the 158 a week I never saw any back pay. Seems like I’ll never get the back pay that everybody else had received witch i dont know why and now it wont let me apply for the law so is it because I’m self employed I get screwed out of all the money? I was told for the lwa if u receive pua u dont need to do anything but if u receive any other unemployment u have to self certify.

    1. The retroactive weeks should be available on your timeline. You have to certify each week to get the backpay.

    2. My situation is exactly the same as yours please let me know if you find anything out and I’ll do the same thank you

    3. Thank you, I really appreciate the info you provided.
      You’re right the VEC is to blame ecspecially since they’re still using an early 1980’s computer infrastructure. I can’t help, but wonder what happend to the yearly funds they get for updating thier IT equipment.

  70. I tried to self certify and it’s telling me my SSN doesn’t qualify!!! I’ve been of PUA since mid April & getting over $100. I had to do some self assessment thing for all my previous weeks last Saturday. Does anyone know what’s going on if it tells you you’re not eligible?

    1. It did me the same way and I’ve had PUA since the beginning, I’m so confused

    2. Same exact thing is happening to me! It’s really frustrating. When you figure something out would you post it here and I will do the same.

    3. It keeps saying that for my friends and I that get PUA and over $100. Some articles stated in the state of VA you don’t have to do anything and then some say you have to self certify, it’s so frustrating.

    4. You may have to do what I had to do and email gov2go support and ask them to reset your account and explain the situation .That’s what I did and they reset it when I tried again it worked fine

  71. I am so frustrated I receive pua my bennifits exceed $150 weekly I click on the new lwa link on gov2go enter my info and it says the ss# provided doesn’t qualify for lwa bennifits I never got a text but did do the self assesatation but it was for odd dates I’ve been on pua since all this mess started do I need to call vec or is it just a glitch?

  72. We all need our money and answers it’s to many questions and no answers. We are out here learning, reading and teaching ourselves how this 300$ program suppose to work, who do we talk to

    1. I was told it’s for hi only it’s lost wages if your on pua then your considered as you didn’t have wages that’s why your on pua so it won’t let you certify that’s what I was told

  73. My VIrginia PUA was effective 7/27… I didn’t know about it til late July… On my initial application I stated that I lost work in mid March due to the Pandemic and hadn’t had any since. Will I receive the $600 backdated to mid March thru July 25th?

    Also, was there a deadline for the $300 LWA on Sep 10?… Did I miss out on this too?

  74. There is no info on how to self certify for LWA. When i tried to call the system says my social security number is not valid. What the heck? My benefits run out in 1 week. I received a robo call about PECU but nothing on how to apply. The website doesn’t work.

  75. I got a text today about LWA certification. Gov2go is under maintenance but I clicked on a link it provided. It is for PUA. Is it the same? How do I remove that certification? And can I still apply for LWA? Help. TIA.

  76. Returned to work 9/21. Will I still get the retro LWA? I would be due for the full 6 weeks. Do I have to do anything to get this money?

    1. You will need to log in and go to my services and click on the box for LWA/ then go back to the timeline and you should see LWA at the bottom. click on this and put in your ssn and answer the question and hit submit

    1. I received a text today from VEC to to self-certify. You can download the app as well. Create an account and you will see where you can go to do it.

  77. Any info on how to certify? If payments start 9/30 how are we going to get payments if we haven’t been given info on how to do this?

        1. The VEC just updated their web page to say – “The VEC is in the final stages of programming for LWA. We expect programming to be complete and the agency to begin making payments October 15, 2020. However, you must complete the LWA attestation process with Gov2Go.” Not great news for many Virginians waiting for this payment.

  78. I didn’t file my initial claim till the beginning of August but was out of work way before that, is there any way to back date my PUA claim to the middle of April? I’m in Virginia.

    1. Yes, since you’re on PUA, you should be able to claim for past weeks as long as you didn’t make over $50 on those given weeks. Same happend to me I worked through pandemic until I no longer could a couple of months ago.
      I suggest using the Gov2Go app it’s easier. Once you login you should see all claim weeks back to week one with ‘over due’ on them. Claim for any weeks you qualify for and they should send you a lump sum for all of those weeks into your account. I received a $3k payment on one day and then like a $5k payment the day after.
      You have one waiting week and then you’ll get paid the week after.
      Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.

      1. Since I’ve been approved for pua in March do I have to do anything different?my Gov2Go said they needed documentation. I don’t have the proper documents that’s why I applied for pua. It let me file for all my weeks with no problems and i cheeked in the box that I already did this. Do you think since it let me certify my weeks and got confirmation numbers that I’ll get paid? Thanks

      2. I have the same situation. Initial claim was filed early August because I didnt know I could qualify and had issues applying. I was approved for the minimum PUA. I was hoping for retroactive payments but I haven’t received any. And using gov2go app I was only able to file claims starting the first week of August. I would really like to find out who I can call to figure out how to get the retroactive payments that every website is saying I should be able to get.

  79. Good morning my name is Ashley Buckner i live in Virginia i did my weekly claim for 9/18/20 but i didn’t get my $192.66 or my 3 weeks of $300 each do you know if i have to wait a particular date to receive my money because the last time i received weekly claim money was 9/14/2020

    1. Did you check to see if your balance for weekly payments was at 0.00, you may have received it by now but if not, maybe thats what happened!! Today va added the LWA self certify to gov2go and it still says payment date confirmed September 30th for those payments!!

  80. I have been checking there website everyday still nothing on how to certify for the $300 ???? And I also never received mail or text or email regarding this ?????

    1. Make sure that you have selected that you want to be notified in Settings. I find it easier to just look off the computer. Much easier to navigate.

    2. Hey, I hope you have comments set up to notify you for a response. You have to click “My services” and then select “Virginia Lost wages I believe”, however it states on the application that payable eligible claimants began August.1st- September 5, 2020. Leaving people who didn’t now about it until now left out I believe. However when I filled it out anyways-One would think that they would remove it if it was no longer available, just to receive the message that my social did not qualify. Out of curiosity, did you check you messages yesterday or today? Mine claims that I will be getting $378 vs my typical $158. So it’s better.

      1. Hi Dawn…. Can I all are you pua or regular ui claiment? I got a message saying to upload proof of my earnings but don’t really have any because I don’t file taxes…. Don’t make enough money. I’ve tried to attest weeks but it says I don’t have any to attest and the lwa thing says ss# doesn’t qualify! I receive 158 a week since July 25 from pua. Have not received any 600 payments even though my pua determination paper said I would from April 4 to July 25 … My timeline starts July 25. I was unemployed after first week in April. They have not put those weeks on my timeline as of Sept 29.i call and call…. Nothing! I’ve emailed…. Nothing! I’ve lost most utilities and keep promising my rent will get paid….. Of you know anything or anyone I could talk to…. Anything that could help…. Please let me know. Thank you all who try to help on this site! Your very much needed! Thank you….

        1. Man I’m in the same boat that I don’t have any documents for my pua. It let me certify all my weeks so I’m hoping that’s a good sine. I’m hoping I’ll get paid. This sucks that’s why I got turned down for regular UI Benefits not having enough work history. Well why would I be able to come up with it when I told them that I didn’t have it. I can’t pull it out of my a—

  81. I have one week left for my unemployment benefits I keep trying to file peuc and it says invalid social not approved why is this. And how many weeks total will Virginia get paid through the lost wage program

    1. It wouldn’t let me apply for the PEUC until my balance was 0.00 which mine tapped out this past week, so I would wait and try the Tuesday or Wednesday following your last payment. I kept track of the LWA tracker and for weeks to be paid it says 6 as of today, so im crossing my fingers we get the full 6 weeks! I certified this evening, still says by September 30th!!

      1. I went to certify and it gave me a confirmation number Did it do the same thing for you it’s didn’t say approved it just gave me a confirmation number please let me know

      2. It never told me approved it just said I got a confirmation number did it do the same thing for you

  82. My unemployment assistants expired on 09/16/20 do i still get the 300.00 retroactive payment from Virginia?

    1. I was wondering the same thing since I did receive a text to go and self certify on the go2gov app (says updating for maintenance) .

      I went to the website and there were no prompts to self-attest for the LWA. Am I missing something?

    2. Go to the app, it send me a notification yesterday that I needed to send in documentation to be eligible, but that I was approved. The unfortunate bit is I have moved and have zero clue where my W2 is currently. So I may be losing my benefits. I also am trying to request a new pin.

    1. I believe it has to be at least $100 a week to qualify.
      Are you having taxes pulled out if your payments? Because as long as you’re getting $100+ *before* taxes you should be good.

      1. thats the confusing part to me; I went back to work part time and I’m not making what I would with unemployment; however I’m only taking home from Unemployment like $80 so I guess I’m screwed out of the $300 a week because I am working and making $100 a week at my job.

        1. I’m in the same situation as well. Wondering the same thing. I was getting $168 weekly. Got to go back to work part time, only getting to work 16 hours each week. Now I only receive $71 weekly. Will we not be approved for the 6 weeks of LWA?

  83. I live in Virginia will I be paid 6 weeks for lost wage program the website says only three weeks why is other states getting 6 weeks

    1. Virginia started paying late and so has to make first round of payments and then apply to FEMA for remaining 3 weeks. So eventually you will be able to get all 6 weeks.

      1. I talked to VEC yesterday and they were just approved to pay out 6 weeks. I was told it would be issued in a lump sum payment. For a total of 1,800

        1. Additional state resource while you are waiting. I am on UI and now extended. Recently applied for Renters Assistance and approved for double my request. It’s worth the hassle and stress. Apply NOW before funding runs out!!! We are in this together.

        2. How long did it take for you to be contacted for the Renters Assistance approval? I submitted back in August and I’m still waiting to hear back.

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