Who Can Claim UIF Maternity Benefit

The Unemployment Insurance Fund was set up by government to provide interim relief to workers who are between jobs, and women on maternity leave. You can or cannot claim UIF under the following circumstances:

You can claim UIF Maternity Benefits if:

  • You are a South African citizen in possession of a valid green bar-coded ID Book
  • Are a foreign national with a valid passport and meet basic UIF Maternity Benefit criteria
  • You pay UIF contributions on a monthly basis
  • You are adopting a kid under the age of two years old
  • Are self-employed, and you are a member of a Closed Corporation or a Company

You can NOT claim UIF Maternity Benefits if:

  • You work less than 24 hours a month for any given employer
  • You are a student
  • You work as a public servant
  • You receive a monthly state pension
  • You only earn commission

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