RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Starting Friday, thousands of North Carolinians now have the opportunity to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(PUA) through North Carolina's Division of Employment Security. The eligibility comes amid funding provided by Congress as part of the recently passed CARES Act
Eligible applicants are able to apply on the DES website
. To determine eligibility, applicants must meet the following:Who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19 Are not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, such as independent contractors or self-employed workersRELATED: North Carolina self-employed workers, contractors can apply for unemployment benefits starting Friday
The Division of Employment Security recommends applicants have all of their necessary documents when applying to avoid any delay in processing. DES identifies examples of those documents as:2019 Tax ReturnsRecent Paycheck StubsBank Receipts1099sBilling statements, noticesBusiness licensesContracts, invoices, ledgers
Examples of documents to show COVID-19 as the reason for the loss of work:Documentation from medical professionals related to diagnosis or isolation instructionsNotices from school or childcare providersNotices from county or state government regarding business closures or stay at home ordersDocumentation that a job offer or need for your services was canceled or delayed because of COVID-19
Once approved, eligible recipients should expect to receive a paycheck in 14 days.
For more information on eligibility, FAQs, as well as how to apply, visit the DES website