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Barbados - Apply for Unemployment Benefit

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This procedure provides you information about how to apply for unemployment benefits in The Barbados.


  • Should have been insured by NIS for at least 52 weeks before becoming unemployed.
  • Should have at least 20 contributions paid to your account in the 3 consecutive quarters ending with the quarter before that in which you became unemployed.
  • Should have made at least 7 contributions paid in the quarter before the quarter in which you became unemployed.

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The benefit is payable for each day of unemployment except Sundays for a maximum of 40 weeks in a continuous period of unemployment; or for an aggregate of 40 weeks in the 52 weeks immediately before the current week of unemployment.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


The applicant who wish to apply for Unemployment benefits, should approach the Unemployment Section at the E. Humphrey Walcott Building,Culloden Road,St. Michael to complete a claim form and register at the National Employment Bureau, Warrens, St. Michael.

Following link provides more information about applying and the calculations related to benefits : More Information

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Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.


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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Following link provides contact information and office locations of offices that can be approached for National Insurance Scheme : Contact Information

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