Applying for UIF Online application

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short-term financial relief to workers who become unemployed in South Africa. The best part is, UIF online application is now easier than before.

The UIF gives cash benefits to workers who have lost their jobs while they look for new employment.

Prerequisites for UIF Online application

  • You must have been employed and contributed to UIF through payroll deductions by your employer.
  • You need to have your South African ID number, bank account details, and previous employer’s UIF reference number.

Steps on how to process your UIF Online application

You can now easily apply for UIF benefits completely online without having to visit any government offices. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for UIF online:

Total Time: 6 minutes

  1. For a successful UIF Online application, you need to Register First

  2. Accept the Terms & Conditions.

    Scroll down to the bottom and check/select YES to accept the terms and conditions.

  3. Activate your UIF account

    To activate your Employee account you need to have the following documents and information available: Your valid 13 Digit South African ID number, Your e-mail address where all correspondence will be emailed, Cell phone number mandatory.

    As an online registered Employee you will be able to securely submit your Application for Benefits (for Unemployment, Reduced Time Benefits, Maternity, Illness and Adoption), to submit Continuation of Benefits and Notice of Appeal.

  4. Enter Username.

    To make it easy, use your email address so that you don’t forget.

  5. Select “Title”

  6. Enter Initials

  7. Full Names

    Full names as it appears on ID

  8. Surname

    Enter your Surname as it appears on ID

  9. Select Type of ID

    South African ID or Passport?

  10. Select “Registration Preferred Contact”

    Here is your preferred method of receiving communication and updates for your application in a form of SMS or e-Mail.

  11. reCaptcha

    Select this box so that the system can recognise you as a real human-being lodging an application.

  12. Click “Register”

You will receive an application reference number. Track your application status online with this number. If approved, your UIF benefits will be directly deposited into your bank account.

Can I apply for my UIF online?

Yes, you no longer have to stand for a long line at The Department of Labour offices. There is a link you can use to lodge your application and here is the link:

How to apply for UIF online in SA?

It is very easy process, visit

Where can I register for UIF online?

Visit and have an activated UIF online account.

How do I check my UIF balance?

To check your remaining UIF balance, you visit UIF online account link. There you will find your remaining balance, date of payments and all details you need to know.

What documents do I need to claim UIF?

To claim unemployment benefits you need to have:
1. A copy of 13-digit bar-coded identity or a Smart Card ID document.
2. Copies of your last six payslips from your latest employer.
3. A filled-in UI19 form from your employer, with employer signature.
4. Proof of registration as a work seeker within The Department of Labour.
5. Fully completed and activated UIF online registration account.

How long before I get my first UIF payment?

Provided your application is approved, you can expect to receive your first UIF benefit payment within Two Months or 8 weeks from the date you registered online. The UIF benefits will then continue to be paid to you every 4 weeks after that initial payment, until the maximum benefit amount you qualify for has been fully paid out.

The online UIF application process is quick and efficient. It prevents you from having to travel long distances and stand in queues at labor centres. As long as you have the required documents, you can complete the application from your mobile device or computer.

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