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Reopening Your Claim For Benefits – Michigan

Navigating the unemployment benefits process can be a challenging task, especially when circumstances change and you find yourself needing to reopen a claim.

In Michigan, if you have previously filed for unemployment benefits and then stopped because you found work, but are now again unemployed or working reduced hours, you may need to reopen your claim. Understanding this process is crucial to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to. The following guide provides an overview of how to go about reopening your claim for benefits in the state of Michigan.

Reopen Your Claim for Benefits with mywam

If you find yourself unemployed after previously having an unemployment claim and returning to work, you may be eligible to reopen your claim for unemployment insurance benefits. In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide to reopening your claim with mywam online.

What You’ll Need

To file a claim, make sure you have the following information:

  • Your driver’s license or state ID
  • Your current mailing address
  • County
  • Method of payment
  • Alien registration number (if applicable)
  • Dates of employment from all your previous employers
  • Most recent employer’s federal employer identification number (FEIN)

If you don’t have the FEIN, you can contact your employer or provide the company’s name and address.

Depending on your situation, you may also need to provide information about any out-of-state employers.

When to Reopen Your Claim

There are several circumstances where you may need to file an additional claim to restart your benefits:

  • You reported earnings exceeding 1.5 times your weekly benefit amount during your certification week
  • You waived or did not certify for three consecutive weeks
  • You had a separation (quit or fired) during the week you are certifying

Steps to Restart Your UI Claim

  1. Log into mywam
  2. Click on “Additional Information Required”
  3. If the “UI Claim” link is not available under the “Claimant Services” tab, click on “Submit Additional Information”
  4. On the “Reopen Additional Claims” screen, check if you have already started an additional or reopened claim under the “Submissions” tab
  5. Read the information needed to reopen your claim and click “Next Step”
  6. Confirm your legal name and provide legal documentation if your name has changed
  7. Verify your address information and validate it by clicking the bar
  8. Provide your mailing address if different from your physical address
  9. Check if your contact information (phone number) is correct
  10. If you’re not a US citizen, upload proof of alien registration
  11. Indicate if you are attending school or training
  12. If applicable, mention if you started receiving a pension or funds from your retirement account
  13. Enter the employer account number (EAN) or federal identification number (FEIN)
  14. If you don’t have the EAN or FEIN, select “I do not know” for each one
  15. If the employer is not listed, click “Add” to provide the necessary information
  16. Search for your occupation code and enter the type of work you perform
  17. Complete the remaining employment information
  18. Look for the green checkmark to ensure everything is completed and click “Next Step”
  19. Select the payment method (UI Bank of America debit card or personal checking/savings account)
  20. Submit your claim and review the confirmation number
  21. Follow the instructions to certify online or by phone with Marvin
  22. Check for any other alerts on the welcome screen, then log off

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