The digital era has streamlined numerous procedures, including how we interact with government institutions. One such instance is the management of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in South Africa.

 Whether you’re an employee, a domestic or commercial employer, a practitioner, or a third-party delegate, the UIF online portal is a one-stop center for your needs. 

In this comprehensive guide, we explain in detail how to check your UIF status online, the eligibility criteria for accessing UIF benefits, the requirements for UIF benefit application in South Africa, and a step-by-step guide on applying for UIF using the uFiling system.

This simplified process is designed to offer convenience, efficiency, and quick access to crucial services at your fingertips, ensuring that you are up to date with your UIF contributions and understand your eligibility status for financial support in the event of job loss.

How to Check UIF Status Online

Step 1: Go to the UIF website

The first step in checking your UIF status online is to visit the official UIF uFilling portal at:

Step 2: Click on the “UIF Benefits” tab

Once you are on the UIF website, look for the “UIF Benefits” tab on the main menu at the top of the page. Click on this tab to access the UIF online portal.

Step 3: Register or Login

If you have not registered with the UIF online portal before, you will need to do so now. Click on the “Register” button and follow the prompts to create a new account. If you have already registered, simply enter your login credentials and click on the “Login” button.

Step 4: Check your UIF Status

Once you have logged in, you will be taken to your UIF profile page. Here, you can check your UIF status by clicking on the “Check UIF Status” tab. Enter your ID number, and click on the “Submit” button.

Step 5: View your UIF Status

After submitting your ID number, you will be taken to a new page where you can view your UIF status. If your status is “Active”, it means that you are currently contributing to the UIF and are eligible to receive benefits if you become unemployed. 

If your status is “Inactive”, it means that you are not currently contributing to the UIF and will not be eligible to receive benefits.

Who is Eligible for UIF?

As an employee, you have the following options:

  • Submit a claim for various benefits under the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
  • Request payment for various benefits under the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
  • View your claims history.
  • Submit a notice of appeal.
  • Check your employee declaration status by navigating to “Employment” on the left menu.

If you are a domestic employer, you can:

  • Register as a domestic employer.
  • Declare and pay your domestic employee’s contributions to the UIF fund.
  • Verify that your declarations are current.

As a practitioner, you can:

  • Register domestic and/or commercial employers on their behalf.
  • Submit declarations for the employers.
  • Manage employers and employees using the Declarations manager.
  • Update employer details and manage declarations.

If you are a third-party delegate, you can:

  • Declare and pay on behalf of an organization.
  • Use the declaration manager to navigate between employers.
  • Add employees and pay contributions.

As a commercial employer, you can:

  • Register as a commercial employer.
  • Add a company and manage declarations.
  • Declare and pay your company’s contributions to the UIF fund.
  • Verify that your declarations are up to date.

Requirements for UIF Benefits Application in South Africa

To be eligible for unemployment benefits through the UIF in South Africa, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements are in place to ensure that benefits are awarded to those who are eligible and have a legitimate need.

The following are the requirements for applying for UIF unemployment benefits:

  • Be a South African citizen or a foreign national who is legally employed in South Africa.
  • You must be unemployed due to retrenchment, dismissal, or the end of a fixed-term contract, and not due to your own misconduct.
  • Registered as a work seeker with the Department of Employment and Labour.
  • Must have paid UIF contributions while employed.
  • You will be required to provide your banking details, including the name of your bank, account number, and branch code.
  • Submit a certified copy of your ID or passport.
  • Provide proof of termination of employment, such as a letter of termination or a retrenchment letter.
  • You must provide your last six months’ payslips or a certified copy of your employment contract.
  • Have a UI-19 form, which is a record of your employment history and contributions to the UIF.

Note that the above requirements may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the applicant. For example, if you are applying for maternity benefits, you will need to provide proof of pregnancy and birth. Similarly, if you are applying for dependents’ benefits, you will need to provide the necessary documentation to prove that you are supporting a dependent.

How to Apply for UIF Using uFiling?

  1. Open your web browser and go to
  2. Register on uFiling and log in to your profile.
  3. Click on “Benefit Application and Payments” once you are logged in.
  4. On the drop-down menu, click on “Apply for Benefits.”
  5. Click on “Unemployment Benefits” and select “Apply” located at the bottom right of the screen.
  6. Read the terms and conditions and click on “Yes” and “Next.”
  7. Complete your banking details accurately and click on “Next.”
  8. Double-check your personal information and update where applicable, and click “Next.”
  9. Complete all required information about your work experience and academic qualifications. Indicate whether you have returned to work or not by selecting “Yes” or “No” and click “Next.”
  10. Complete the work seeker details. Choose the region and labour center that is nearest to where you live.
  11. Click on “Submit,” and a message on the screen will appear, confirming that your application for unemployment benefits has been successfully submitted. You will also receive an email confirmation of your application.

Check your UIF Status with Confidence

In conclusion, checking your UIF status online is a simple and easy process. By following these steps, you can easily access your UIF profile and check your status.

Remember to keep your UIF contributions up to date to ensure that you are eligible for financial support in the event that you lose your job.