If you were eligible to work in the U.S. you are probably OK. If not and you are undocumented, you cannot get EDD benefits.
Best to email your specific issues to the EDD for a faster response.
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The failure to provide a valid identification is a legitimate reason for the EDD denying you benefits. Get the ID. It costs far less than what you will lose by not having one. If you cannot legally get one, then you cannot legally get unemployment benefits at this time.
Good luck to you.
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I'm glad you obtained the ID. Be sure to bring it with you to your appeal hearing. If you are otherwise eligible (meet all the other requirements), the administrative law judge may be able to get you back on track quickly.
You should also know the law the administrative law judge will consider. You can get a lot of helpful information on the EDD website.
Summaries of the law (Benefit Determination Guide)
Precedent Decisions (law the administrative law judges rely on)
Frequently asked questions
Filing a claim for unemployment benefits
You can be represented by anyone at the hearing. If your appeal will be difficult or you are uncomfortable speaking, you may wish to retain an attorney to help you prepare or to represent you at the hearing. For training, expect the attorney to need approximately three hours. For representation at the hearing, expect the attorney to need three to seven hours to prepare, depending on the complexity of the case, witnesses, documents and other evidence, and allow two hours for the hearing itself. Unemployment hearings usually last one hour or less, but you must arrive early to look at the file, and there is a possibility you will have to wait past your hearing time if the previous case has not finished.
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