COVID-19 Social Welfare UPDATES
We recommend that you check the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for the most up to date information. The situation is likely to change over the next weeks as emergency legislation is passed. We will publish updates and information about resources available on this page as they become available.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment and undocumented workers
We have received confirmation that people who are currently undocumented will be considered eligible for pandemic unemployment payments provided that they have a PPSN. The information will not be shared with the Department of Justice.
Likewise, anyone who is undocumented and who believes that they have COVID-19 symptoms can engage with health services without concern about their immigration status.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment and English language students
If you have been working in Ireland and have lost your job because of the current pandemic, you are eligible to apply for the Government’s Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
Students will need to provide a Personal Public Service number (PPSN) to apply for this payment. The payment will be made for up to six weeks at the rate of €203 per week. Information on this payment and how to apply is available here. The quickest way to apply is online via MyWelfare.ie.
There is also a different scheme your employer may use. This is the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme. It allows employers to make the payment equivalent to the Covid-19 Unemployment payment (of €203) to workers who are temporarily laid off. Employers engaged with the scheme will be allowed to top up the payment that is provided by the State.
Pandemic Unemployment Payment and International Protection Applicants
Where a protection applicant who resides in an IPAS accommodation centre loses their employment due to the Covid-19, they do not qualify for the pandemic unemployment payment as they are in receipt of a different DEASP payment i.e. the Daily Expenses Allowance. The DEA payment will continue and isn’t means tested.
Where a protection applicant (age 18 – 66) living in the community (not in a direct provision centre) has lost their employment and the employer is unable to pay, then they would be eligible to receive the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Enterprise have introduced an emergency payment for all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The payment is available to employees, self-employed persons, international students, undocumented workers (who have PPS numbers) and other non-EEA national. Applications for international protection will only be eligible for the payment if they are not living in direct provision accommodation.
The payment has a simple one-page application form and is paid at a rate of €350 per week. You can also apply online at mywelfare.ie
Your employer may also decide to pay you under the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme and if so, you do not need to apply for a social welfare payment.
You should not apply for this payment if you have been diagnosed with COVIDF-19 or been asked to self-isolate by your GP.
Payments are paid in 2 weekly increments to reduce the need for you to leave your home. This will apply to both payments collected in post offices and paid to bank accounts.
Suspension of Signing-On requirements for Jobseekers payments
The requirement to sign on at your local Intreo Centre has been suspended with effect from 12 March 2020 until further notice.
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I have COVID-19 symptoms, what should I do?
The HSE advice is - if you think you may have COVID-19, or that you may need to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, please call your GP by phone or call 112. Do not attend your GP in person.
I have been medically advised to self-isolate or I have COVID-19, what should I do?