Government unemployment assistance application period extended

The Government Unemployment Assistance for Fijians living outside Viti Levu, has been extended to the end of this month, Fiji National Provident Fund CEO Viliame Vodonaivalu confirms.

This application window however is specifically for Fijians to apply through the myFNPF App only.

“The extension of the application period is to allow Fijians who may have missed out on the deadline last week, to submit applications,” Vodonaivalu said.

“We encourage Fijians, who live outside of Viti Levu to be mindful of these dates and ensure they submit applications within the extension period. All information pertaining to the application process has been updated on the Fund’s website and shared to our social media platforms.”

Members who have already applied for this second round need not reapply. Payment will also be done in November.

To date, the Fund has paid out the following for the following COVID-19 Relief:
• Housing Assistance – $13.6m for 1,452 members
• Low balance accounts – $9.06m for 1,714 members
• Micro-Business Assistance – $5,293 for 3 members.

The Housing Assistance will also be closing at the end of this month and members who wish to access this relief, are advised to contact their lenders or financial institutions where their home loans are held.

Members who qualify for the low balance withdrawal and the micro-business assistance must ensure they provide the required documents to ensure minimum processing delays.

Photo: File (taken Pre-COVID)

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