The Virgin Island sates the following information about maximum and minimum benefits:

  • Maximum: $454.00
  • Minimum: $33.00

The process is a five-part application, which takes from 45 minutes to an hour. The sections are:

  • Personal information
  • Employment information
  • Eligibility information
  • Unemployment instruction
  • Preferred methods of receiving your benefits

The Division of Unemployment Insurance has offices located on St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. The regular hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The office on St. John has limited service to claimants every other week on Thursdays, from 9:00am to 2:30pm.

P.O. Box 302608
St. Thomas, VI
Fax: (340)774-5908

2203 Church Street
St. Croix, VI

Website –
Amount – $454

Applying for Unemployment Insurance

If the need arises when you have to apply for unemployment insurance benefits, it is important you are very careful about fulfilling the requirements and completing the steps in a timely fashion. Start by visiting and getting informed…READ MORE

Filing a Claim

When you are ready to file a claim, you will need to visit the state website that is applicable to you and to your employer’s physical storefront location. You must have all of the proper documentation and then can proceed. Because each state is unique to the process, find out which why your state allows claims to be submitted. As you proceed with the claim, be 100% correct in all data input. Using the wrong data can delay the benefit window and it can also be considered fraud depending upon what mistakes are found. Many states recommend you call from a land-land, since if your cell call is terminated or dropped, you will need to begin the entire claim again…READ MORE

Required Employer Information

No matter what state you reside in, you will be required to provide the information concerning the employer who terminated your position. Also, note that it is imperative that you lost your job through no fault of your own. If you lie about the reasons for losing the job the employer could place an appeal request or you could be accused of committing an act of fraud. This is punishable by prison time and or fines. Be prepared to give the following details about your former employer and about the job you were…READ MORE

Federal-State Joint Programs

UI, unemployment insurance is what is titled a federal-state program that is jointly funded through state and federal employer payroll taxes. As a rule, employers have to remit payment for both the federal and the state unemployment taxes when they remit wages that exceed $ 1,500.00 or more in any singular quarter of a calendar year; or if the said employer has at least one employee during any singular day of the week during twenty weeks in a calendar year…READ MORE

Federal Unemployment Tax Act

The FUTA, Federal Unemployment Tax, gives the Internal Revenue Service the right to collect Federal employer taxes, which are used to fund the state unemployment offices and workforce agencies. Employers will pay this tax yearly by completing and filing the IRS Form 940. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act covers all expenses for running the Unemployment and Job Service services and programs in all states. Also visit the state site for where your job was located. You will need to meet that state’s requirements for eligibility concerning the wages you earned and the time you worked during an established period of time…READ MORE

Common Reasons for Claim Denial

There could be many reasons why the benefit office might deny your specific claim. That is why it is important that you carefully, thoroughly, and truthfully fill out your claim application in a timely manner. Always ask questions if you are uncertain about anything or you are not sure how to proceed in the claim application process. The United States Department of Labor,, lists the following reasons as common reasons for claim denial:READ MORE

Extended Benefits

As of August 3, 2014 there are no federal extended benefits. Congress did not renew the extended benefit program. Always check with your state site and be aware of news agencies that may notify you if the extended benefit program has been re-instated. Some states, not federal, have unemployment benefits, which provide a maximum of 26 weeks of compensation…READ MORE