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Unemployment insurance benefit while looking for work in a foreign country


Lisatud 01.11.2013 | Uuendatud 01.11.2013

An unemployed person receiving unemployment insurance benefit can move to another EU country to look for work and continue to receive the unemployment insurance benefit he/she is entitled to, provided the unemployed person is actively seeking work in another country and is available for work and complies with the other country's rules on registering and looking for work. The jobseeker is entitled to the benefit for a limited period – up to 3 months (in exceptional cases up to 6 months). 

Information about the rules of the labour market, labour market agencies and job seeking in other member countries can be obtained from our EURES advisors and EURES website. 

Estonian residents who are not citizens of Estonia or any other member country must have a residence permit and a work permit to enter into employment in another member country. 


How to apply for the U2 form

Before leaving for a foreign country you have to apply for a U2 form from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. You can fill in theelectronic or printed U2 form in advance or in an office of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. 

Returning to Estonia

If you cannot find work in another member country and you decide to return to Estonia it is recommended to notify the local employment services of that member country of your departure.

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The person receiving the unemployment allowance cannot retain the right to the unemployment allowance if she/he wishes to go to another country to look for work.


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