Report absence when you are sick

When you are taking part in a programme, it is important that you report when you are ill, starting on the first day. After seven days, you must submit a doctor’s certificate. If you receive compensation through an unemployment benefit provided, you do not need to report your illness. In such case, you only need to cancel any meetings with us.

Notification of illness when you take part in a programme

If you are taking part in a programme and are receiving activity grant, introduction benefit or development benefit, you must notify us if you are unable to participate in your planned activities because you are sick.

When must you report that you are sick?

You need to notify us on the first day that you are sick. Otherwise you lose your benefit for the entire period you are sick.

If you are taking part in a course, work experience placement, Swedish for Immigrants (sfi), or some other activity, you also have to notify them that you are sick.

Doctor’s certificate after seven days

If you are sick for more than 7 days and are unable to participate in your activities, you must submit a doctor’s certificate. This applies whether you are sick full-time or part-time.

If you are sick for more than 7 days

If you are sick for more than 30 days

If you are sick for a prolonged period of time, we will try to adapt the content of your programme so that you can still take part. If you are sick full-time for more than 30 days, you will be withdrawn from the programme. If you recover within one year, you may be enrolled in the programme again in certain circumstances.

More information about how to apply for sickness benefit is available on Försäkringskassan’s website.

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How do I report that I am sick?

You report sick on our website.

When you apply for benefit from Försäkringskassan you must fill in that you have been absent because you were sick.

If you do not have a computer or electronic identification

If for some reason you cannot report sick on-line, you can call us on 0771-416 416.

What benefit do I receive if I am sick?

You receive no benefit for the first day. This is known as the qualifying period. If you report sick the first day you are sick, you keep your benefit in the form of activity support, development allowance or introduction benefit for the other days you are sick. Read more on Försäkringskassan’s website.

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If you are working alongside your programme

If you are working alongside your programme, other rules apply if you cannot work because you are sick. Read more on Försäkringskassan’s website.

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When you receive compensation from an unemployment benefit provider

If you are ill for a shorter period of time, it is usually sufficient to enter your sick leave in the timesheet when you apply for compensation from your unemployment benefit provider. If you have an appointment with us, you also need to contact us and cancel the meeting. The easiest way to do this is via the chat function, which can be found under Kontakta oss (Contact us). We will then notify your unemployment insurance provider that you are ill. Once you’re better, it is important that you contact us on the very first day that you can return to work.

You also need to notify the Swedish Social Insurance Agency that you are ill.

If your child falls sick

When you are taking part in a programme, it is important that you let us know if you need to stay home to take care of a sick child (VAB). You need to notify us on the first day that you are staying home.

Report absence to take care of a child (VAB)