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3 Easy Steps to File for UI Benefits

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Filing for Unemployment Insurance is as easy as 1...2...3...

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Step 1: APPLY

File an initial application for benefits as soon as you become unemployed. This begins the mandatory one week non-paid waiting week. Benefits will be paid for eligible claims filed after this one week non-paid waiting period.

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You will need the following information when filing:

  • A valid email account – your email address will become your Uplink Username – call 1-800-891-6499 if you need help creating a free email account.
  • Address, social security number, Indiana Driver’s License or valid ID, date of birth and phone number.
  • Last employer’s name, mailing address, phone number, dates of employment and reason you are unemployed.
  • Most recent paycheck stub.


Vouchers must be submitted weekly through the Uplink filing system. Submit your weekly voucher the week following your initial application and each week thereafter.

Benefits are paid weekly. Weeks run from Sunday 12:00 a.m. to Saturday 8:59 p.m. Eastern-time. Vouchers cover the previous week and may be filed starting on Sunday.

You must submit a weekly voucher even if you have an issue delaying your benefits or are appealing a decision. When a determination is reached all eligible payments will be released.


Within 10 business days of filing, you will receive a wage transcript and benefits computation form. This does not mean you qualify: it is a statement providing a possible weekly benefit amount and an overall maximum benefit amount should you be eligible.

Eligibility will be determined during the first 21 business days if there are no issues with your claim. We encourage you to check your claimant homepage daily throughout this time.

CSS Resources & Tools

Uplink Claimant Self Service – Access the on-line tool for managing your unemployment insurance account with DWD

Getting Started with Uplink Claimant Self Service – Find answers related to Uplink Claimant Self Service and Unemployment Insurance.

Uplink Tutorials – Recommended for people new to Uplink Claimant Self Service.  

Uplink CSS Weekly Claim Voucher & Reopened Claims Screenshot Tutorial

Claimant Handbook


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