What the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is available to employees and the self-employed
who have lost their job on or after 13 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced in July that new applications would be accepted until 17 September 2020. This has been extended and new applications will now be accepted until the end of 2020.
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 and Equality.
Rate of payment
From 17 September 2020 until 31 January 2021 the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be paid at 3 rates.
if you earned €300 per week or more - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is €300 per week
if you earned between €200 and €300 per week - the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be €250 per week
if you earned less than €200 per week - you will receive €203 per week, which is the same as the primary rate of Jobseeker's Benefit
The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid in arrears, with the payment week running from Friday to Thursday.
Payment is made by electronic transfer (for example, into your bank or credit union account) and only into accounts held in Irish financial institutions. You can also choose to collect your payment at a post office.
You can nominate your local post office when applying online and you will need to bring a form of ID with you when collecting your payment at the post office. Payments will be made into a bank or credit union account or to a nominated post office every Tuesday once an application is processed.
If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment such as a Carer's Payment, Working Family Payment (WFP)
or One-Parent Family Payment,
you can, provided you have lost your job due to COVID-19, also claim the COVID-19 emergency payment, in addition to retaining your existing welfare payment.
The COVID-19 Payment Unemployment Payment will replace your employment income and will be regarded by the department as equivalent to employment income.
New applications for this payment will be accepted until the end of 2020.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment is online at mywelfare.ie.
All you need to apply for the payment is a basic MyGovID account.
You do not need to make any appointments to apply - all you need is an email address and it only takes 2 minutes to sign up.
Once you've got the basic MyGovID account (or if you already have an existing MyGovID account), just click the button below to apply for this payment.
It is very important to fill in your bank details correctly - include your BIC and IBAN
to avoid delays to your payments.