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Welcome to the Railroad Retirement Board’s Online Claim for Unemployment Benefits.  This service provides claims for railroad employees who have already filed an application for unemployment benefits. If you have not filed an application, click here to apply online. After you submit the application, the Railroad Retirement Board will mail you claim forms and make claim forms available to you on our internet website under Mainline Services, claim for Unemployment Benefits.

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you:

  • are unemployed,
  • are able to work, (not sick or injured)
  • are available for work,
  • have filed an Application for Unemployment and Employment Service on record and,
  • have qualifying earnings in the base year.

If you are sick or injured, you may be eligible for sickness benefits explained in Booklet UB-11. To obtain sickness benefits, you must timely file form SI-1a/b Application.

Only residents of the United States can use this on-line claim system.  If you live outside the United States, mail your paper claim to your RRB field office.

To file claims online you must first establish an account.

If you have not established an account, go to PIN/Password.

If you have already established an account, you are ready to use this service.  If you are not logged in, you will be required to do so.

Before completing your on-line or paper claim read the section titled "Instructions for Completing Claims for Unemployment Benefits (Form UI-3)” in booklet UB-10, Unemployment Benefits for Railroad Employees (English) or (Spanish) UB 10-S Beneficios de Desempleo para Empleados Ferroviarios.

Important: The time for filing a claim is 15 days from the last day of the claim period or 15 days from the date the form is mailed to you or made available on the Internet, whichever is later. Do not file both a paper and on-line claim for the same claim period(s).

Allow up to 15 calendar days from the date you submit your claim on the Internet to receive payment.  If you do not receive payment or other notice within 15 days, contact your local RRB Office for information about the status of your claim.

If you are not currently receiving payments by Direct Deposit, and wish to sign up, please contact your RRB field office.

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