How to Apply for Unemployment (UI) for CA Optometrists (Step by Step Guide)

[Disclaimer] This article was written to the best of our knowledge with the latest news released from the Federal government. Some information may change/modify so we will keep the information updated to the best of our ability

On March 26, 2020, To further alleviate the unemployment crisis, the senate approved a $2 Trillion stimulus package which includes an expansion and increase in the amount of unemployment benefits available to those who are financially affected by COVID-19.

Please FIRST read This FAQ "Unemployment benefits for you and your employees" which goes into great details on what the Federal stimulus package cover.

Since we are based in California, we decided to create this step-by-step guide. But again, this will be applicable to other states website as well:


(1) To Estimate your Unemployment Insurance

2) To File a CA Claim online

This Step by Step Guide will help walk you through the process, in regards to unemployment benefits. 

Registration Part 1: Create a new account with Edd.CA.Gov

Start 1

Registration Part 2: Log in to apply for UI Online

Start 2

Registration Part 3: File new Claim

Start 3

Claim Step 1: Answers all screener questions to ensure you qualify

Claim Step 2: Input Personal Information

Claim Step 3: Input CA Driver License or other form of CA IDs

Claim Step 4: Include any previous unemployment history

Step 4

Claim Step 5: Input Contact Mailing Address

Claim Step 5: Input Citizenship and Personal Information

Claim Step 7: Last Employer information + Pay History

Claim Step 8: Input gross pay from 10/2018 to 3/2020 Current

Claim Step 9: Add Employer Legal DBA + Employment History

Claim Step 10: Confirm if you provide services to an educational institution

Claim Step 11: Occuptional work and input any self-employment

Claim Step 12: Input any retirement distribution and indicate if you have a S-Corp or LLC

Claim Final Step: Confirmation

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About Julie Phan

Dr. Phan is the co-owner (along with her husband, Toan Nguyen OD) of a highly successful optometry private practice in San Marino CA while also running a Sam’s Club sublease in nearby San Bernardino. Always the entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Phan also invests in rental properties. Through leveraging a talented team of realtors, contractors, and property managers spanning five states, Dr. Phan has steadily built a real estate business that generates consistent passive income. Along the way, she hopes to inspire friends, family, and colleagues about the value of real estate investment so they can work towards their own financial independence. Follow Julie's REI Journey on IG @ house_hustle at


  1. Rosanna on March 29, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    For the question: Are you unemployed as a direct result of a recent disaster (for example: earthquake, flood, mudslide, or fire) in California?
    Did you input Yes or No?

    • Julie Phan on March 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      You will put no. Continue on and there will be a section to put that the reason is COVID-19.

      • Rosanna on March 29, 2020 at 3:59 pm

        Thank you! I saw the section that said separation explanation and inputted related to coronavirus. The recent disaster question was the last question in the claim for me and I did input no. I did receive a confirmation number but did you also receive an email confirmation as well? Thank you again!

  2. Julie Phan on March 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I did not receive a confirmation email. But just save the confirmation number.

  3. Oanh Kha on April 1, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I was told that I could apply for unemployment as a sole proprietor. If that’s the case, I’m uncertain how to fill out some of the questions. For example, do I list my business as the last employer? How do I list my wages by pay period since I don’t take regular draws?

  4. Glen Johnson on April 21, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Great! Like your blog

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