There are two steps in the VCF claim filing process, each of which has a separate deadline:
Step 1: Register by July 29, 2021:
Registration preserves your right to file a claim in the future. By registering with the VCF, you do not waive any legal rights, and there is no obligation to file a claim in the future. To register with the VCF you must do one of the following:
- Use the online system to submit your Registration Form.
- Call the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555 to register by phone.
The VCF will consider all claims timely if registered within two years of July 29, 2019, the date of enactment of the Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (“VCF Permanent Authorization Act”), which extended the VCF’s claim filing deadline. This means that every claim already registered with the VCF is timely, and all claims registered prior to July 29, 2021, will be timely. Claims registered after July 29, 2021, may be timely depending on the individual circumstances.
Note: By registering, you do not waive any rights and you are not obligated to file a claim in the future. If you are not sure whether you are registered with the VCF, please call the VCF Helpline at 1-855-885-1555, for assistance.
Step 2: Complete and submit your claim form and all supporting documents by October 1, 2090:
Although you may register with the VCF at any time prior to July 29, 2021, you should wait to file your claim until you have been certified for treatment by the WTC Health Program for a 9/11-related physical condition. The deadline for all claims and supporting documents to be submitted is October 1, 2090.