Benefits Appeal

In most cases, a few weeks after filing for unemployment insurance benefits, you will be notified through the mail, with a document which is known as a Determination Notice which will inform you of the final decision of your unemployment benefits application. Should you be unlucky enough to be denied the financial assistance, you are legally entitled to an appeal. Here is the process of filing an unemployment insurance benefits denial appeal.

You can file for your appeal of the state's decision regarding your unemployment insurance benefits at your nearest Texas Workforce Solutions office, by mailing or faxing your appeal letter to the Appeals Department. All pertinent appeal information can be found on your Determination Notice. Here is what your letter will need:
  • Your name and Social Security number
  • Your current address
  • The date the TWC mailed you the Determination Notice
  • A copy of the Determination Notice, if possible
  • Any dates on which you will/would be unable to participate in a hearing

While the appeals process is underway, you are required to fulfill the basic requirements to getting your unemployment insurance benefits such as:

  • Active weekly searching for full-time work
  • Be physically able and available for full-time work
  • Accept a suitable employment opportunity should one be offered
  • Register for work online at
It is essential that you continue to file your claims, as should your appeal be accepted, you will only be paid for the weeks in which you filed timely certifications and met any and all requirements as set forth by the state of Texas.