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Also for Psychologists : Looking for work abroad: an EU right

13 May 2013

In general, in order to receive unemployment benefits, you need to stay in the country which pays your benefits, however...

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Looking for work abroad: an EU right !

Source : Social Agenda 05/2013 : DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

In general, in order to receive unemployment benefits, you need to stay in the country which pays your benefits.

However, under certain conditions you can go to another EU country - in this case, the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - to look for work and continue to receive your unemployment benefits from the country where you became unemployed.

You can stay in another country for up to 3 months but the employment services of the country paying the benefits might let you stay away for up to 6 months if you ask. You can only do this if you are wholly unemployed (not partially or intermittently) and entitled to receive unemployment benefits in the country where you became unemployed.

Before leaving, you must have been registered as an unemployed jobseeker with the employment services in the country where you became unemployed for at least four weeks (exceptions can be made). You must also apply for permission (a U2 form) to export your unemployment benefits from your national employment services. This authorisation is valid for one country only. If you wish to export your unemployment benefits to another country, you need to apply for another U2 form. Ask your job centre whether you will have to go back home to apply for this new authorisation or whether you can do it remotely.

On arrival in the new country, you will need to register as a jobseeker with the national employment services within seven days from the date on which you ceased to be available to the employment services in the country you left. You will then be paid the same amount as before, directly to your bank account in the country where you became unemployed. If you want to keep your entitlement to the unemployment benefits, be sure to return to the country paying your unemployment benefits before or on the day your entitlement expires. If you come from Romania or Bulgaria, there may be rules temporarily restricting your right to work in some other EU countries.

When looking for work abroad, you have the same rights as nationals of your host country with regard to access to work, support from employment services and financial support to help you find work. Your new country might wait until you have established a genuine link with the local employment market before granting some types of financial support to help you find work — such as low-interest loans for unemployed people starting a business.

Being in the country and looking for work for a reasonable amount of time may count as a genuine link.

http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/work/job-search/

 

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