How To Claim UIF Benefits

Person claiming uif

When your employer terminates your service, you can apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for benefits. These benefits are only available to you if you have been contributing to UIF while you worked. 

How To Claim UIF Unemployment Benefits

Unemployed workers must apply for benefits at their nearest labour centre in person. They must be registered as work-seekers and take the necessary documents with them.

Claiming for UIF

If workers want to claim unemployment benefits they must use the following steps:

Step 1: Get the following documents ready

Before workers can claim, they must get the following documents ready:

  • ID or passport
  • UI-2.8 form for banking details
  • UI-19 form to show that you are no longer working for your employer
  • proof of registration as a work-seeker

Step 2: Go to the nearest labour centre to hand documents in

Unemployed workers must go to the nearest labour centre themselves and hand in the documents. Staff at the labour centre will assist them with all the processes and give them more information.

Contact Details

Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.
Telephone Number(s): 012 337 1997 (Switchboard), 0800 030 007 (Call Centre)
Fax Number(s): 086 713 3000

Street Address:
UIF Building
230 Lillian Ngoyi Street, Absa Towers, Pretoria Central
Postal Address:
The UIF, Pretoria, 0052

Email Address: [email protected] (Ufiling enquiries ) or [email protected] (Normal enquiries) or [email protected]




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