New Style Jobseeker's Allowance Application Form - September 2022

Closed 30 Sep 2022

Opened 1 Sep 2022


'New style' Job Seeker's Allowance

Universal Credit replaced Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance. However if you have worked and have paid sufficient Class 1 National Insurance Contributions, you may be entitled to 'New Style' Jobseeker’s Allowance.  The tax years that are currently used to assess entitlement are 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.  However if you have had a previous claim to Jobseekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance these tax years may be different.  These tax years will change in January 2023.

Your partner’s income and savings won’t affect how much you’re paid.  However, if you are in receipt of an Occupational Pension or part time earnings, the amount of 'New Style' Jobseekers Allowance may be reduced depending on the amount you receive.

You can get ‘New Style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance for up to 182 days. Depending on your circumstances, it can be claimed on its own or at the same time as Universal Credit.  If you get both at the same time, your ‘New Style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance payment will be deducted from your Universal Credit payment – you aren’t guaranteed to get any extra money.

If you are entitled to ‘New Style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance, you will also be credited with class 1 National Insurance credits. In some circumstances you may only get these credits and no money.

If you are unable to work due to an underlying condition, are self isolating or are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should not proceed with a claim to ‘New Style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

Instead you should make a claim to ‘New Style’ ESA or Universal Credit.

How to claim 

Please note, this form is for Northern Ireland claims only.

  1. Click on the “New Style Jobseekers Allowance form” link below to open the interactive form..
  2. Complete all relevant boxes.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application.

Once you have completed and submitted the interactive claim form your application will be forwarded to the Jobseekers Allowance Benefit Processing Centre for assessment

If you are unable to complete your claim online then you may also claim ‘New Style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance by contacting the Department for Communities (DfC) on 0800 022 4250.

Please note if you are deaf or suffer from hearing loss, you can contact us by using a Textphone to ring 0800 587 1297 and you will be put through to our TexBox service.

Please be mindful that during the COVID-19 period our telephones lines may be extremely busy and you may experience a longer period of waiting time for your call to be answered.

If you can we would advise you use the interactive form.

Should we require any further information in order to access your entitlement for New Style Jobseekers Allowance, we will contact you by phone.  Please note that this phone number will show as an 0800 number, withheld or no caller ID.  It is important that you answer our call when we make contact with you as not doing so may delay our ability to process your claim.

When claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance you may receive text messages (SMS) from the Department for Communities (DfC). They will always be clearly marked as ‘DfC’ and will never ask you to give, or click on a link, to give personal information or financial details by message or email.

A Claimant Commitment is required in order to proceed with processing your claim.  A Work Coach from your local benefit office will contact you by telephone within 5 working days of your application to complete this commitment.  It is important that you answer this call as any delay in the Claimant Commitment being agreed will result in a delay in processing your entitlement for New Style Jobseekers Allowance.  You are not required to attend your local front line office at this time and you will be notified of any change in the requirement for you attend face to face interviews.


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