The department can confirm that there are no plans in place to share any data we receive as part of an immigrant’s application for a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment with GNIB or the Department of Justice.
Rate of payment
Rates of payment after 7 September 2021 are:
Previous weekly earnings
€400 or more
€300 per week
Between €300 and €399.99
€250 per week
Between €200 and €299.99
€203 per week
less than €200 per week
€203 per week*
*if you earned less than €200 per week and were on the €203 rate of payment up to 7 September 2021 the process of moving to a jobseeker’s payment was due to begin in early September. This has now been deferred until after all sectors have started to re-open in line with the Government Roadmap
announced on Tuesday 31 August. If you are paid at this rate you will continue to receive a PUP payment until 26 October 2021 if eligible.
At that point the process of your possible transition to a jobseeker's payment
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid in arrears, with the payment week running from Friday to Thursday.
You will get your payment into your bank or credit union account every Tuesday. You can also choose to collect your payment at a post office. You will need to bring a form of identification when collecting your payment.
Records are examined to see if you didn't get a payment for a week you were eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. If you didn't get paid for a week when you were meant to - then you are entitled to what is called an 'arrears payment'.
Arrears are processed every 4 weeks and are paid into the bank account or post office where you last received COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.