As a registered unemployed person you have to notify the Unemployment Insurance Fund immediately if you enter employment, studies or the conscript service, are granted an early-retirement pension or if there is some other reason your status as unemployed should be cancelled.
You can notify the Unemployment Insurance Fund in the following ways:
- contact your consultant by e-mail or over the phone;
- visit our office in person;
- call our information line (15501);
- log in to the self-service portal, choose 'My information' and click on the button 'notify of entering employment'.
Failure to notify us may result in us offering you a service or paying you a benefit or allowance for which you are no longer eligible and we will later be forced to reclaim the unduly received benefits (including the service provider's fee).
Registration as unemployed is cancelled if the unemployed person:
- starts working based on a contract of employment, contract for services, authorisation agreement or contract under the law of obligations for provision of other services, or in public service; Your registration as unemployed will also be terminated if you enter employment for just one day and the respective contract is entered into orally;
- assumes the position of a member of the Riigikogu, a member of the European Parliament, the President of the Republic, a member of the Government of the Republic, a judge, the Chancellor of Justice, the Auditor General, a Public Conciliator, the chairman or deputy chairman of a council of a local government working in a remunerative position, a member of a rural municipality or city government working in a remunerative position, including a rural municipality or city mayor, a rural municipality or city district elder;
- becomes engaged in a profession in public law as an independent person;
- becomes a member of the management board of a company, a procurator, a partner authorised to represent a general or limited partnership, the director of a branch of a foreign company or manager of another permanent establishment of a non-resident;
- who is not mentioned above and who assumes the position of a member of the management or controlling body of a legal person specified in § 9 of the Income Tax Act (e.g. a member of the management or supervisory body of a foundation, non-profit association or non-profit cooperative, a member of the management board of a company or a liquidator, etc.) and receives remuneration for such work;
- registers as a sole proprietor;
- is entered in the register of taxable persons as a spouse participating in the activity of a sole proprietor's enterprise;
- obtains a business start-up subsidy from the Unemployment Insurance Fund;
- enrols in daytime study;
- enrols in daytime vocational training or full-time study (unless they have worked for at least 180 days during the 12 months prior to registering as unemployed);
- enters conscript, alternative or reserve service;
- is granted a spouse allowance on the basis of the Foreign Service Act or the Civil Service Act;
- fails to appear for a visit at the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund at least once in 30 days, unless they could not contact the fund with a good reason. If you cannot attend a scheduled appointment, notify your consultant immediately;
- refuses to cooperate and approve the individual action plan;
- fails to appear at the Unemployment Insurance Fund for the third time without a good reason;
- refuses to comply with the individual action plan or accept suitable work for the third time without a good reason;
- is not ready to promptly commence work. We assume that you are located in Estonia while looking for a job. If you wish to seek employment abroad, you will agree on this with your consultant beforehand;
- reaches retirement age;
- starts to receive an early-retirement pension;
- wishes to terminate their status as unemployed;
- is a third-country national and their residence permit expires.
If a person's registration as unemployed is terminated for the second consecutive time in 12 months because they
- refuse to cooperate and approve the individual action plan;
- fail to appear for a visit for a third time or at least once in 30 days; or
- refuse to comply with the individual action plan or accept suitable work for the third time,
they do not have the right to register as unemployed for 90 days following the last termination of said status.
For instance, if the registration as unemployed was terminated on 4 July 2013 due to the unemployed person refusing to comply with the individual action plan and after their re-registration as unemployed on 5 July 2013 their status has to be cancelled again on 3 September 2013 because they failed to appear for a visit once in 30 days, the Unemployment Insurance Fund cannot register them as unemployed again until 90 days has passed since the last termination i.e. 3 September 2013.