The processing time for a first UIF payment can vary, but it typically takes around four to six weeks from the date that the Department of Employment and Labour receives your application. However, this can be longer if there are any delays or issues with your application.
It is important to note that the processing time can be reduced if your application is complete and all the required documentation is submitted correctly. Additionally, if you have previously claimed UIF benefits and are now making a new claim, the processing time may be faster as your information will already be on file.
Once your application has been approved, your first payment will be made within two to three working days. The subsequent payments will be made on a monthly basis, provided that you continue to meet the requirements for UIF benefits.
If you have not received your first payment after six weeks, it is advisable to follow up with the Department of Employment and Labour or a qualified UIF consultant to check on the status of your application.