When you become unemployed
When you become unemployed you must register with us the first day you are unemployed. Then you can apply for unemployment benefit and we can help you find a job.
How to register
Register with us the first day you are unemployed
It is important that you register with us the first day you are unemployed. Then you can receive unemployment benefit from the first day.
When you register with us the first day you are unemployed you also keep your sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI).
Fill in all the information you can. The more you tell us the faster we can help you.
How to register
- You will need to fill in details about, for example, your education, previous jobs, skills and what kind of job you are looking for. Prepare yourself by collecting together your grades, certificates, CV and other documents.
- At the end you will be able to book your first meeting with us. You can often choose between a meeting at one of our offices and a phone or video meeting.
Contact your unemployment benefit office
Unemployment benefit is money that you can receive when you are unemployed. How much money you can receive depends among other things on how much you have worked previously and if you are a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund.
Contact your unemployment benefit office and apply for benefit. The simplest way to do this is to log in on your unemployment benefit office’s website.
If you are not a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund you can still receive some payment.
Prepare your meeting with us
Before your first meeting with us, it is good if you begin preparing yourself and doing a little planning yourself. You can for example:
- review and update your CV
- bring your grades and certificates
- think about what you want to do.
What happens at the meeting?
At your first meeting with us, you and an employment officer among other things look at:
- your skills
- what kind of job you are looking for
- what the labour market looks like
- what support you can get from us
- what to do to achieve your goals.
Questions and answers
What do I do if I need to change the time of my meeting?
To change the time of your meeting contact your Arbetsförmedlingen office by phone. You cannot change the time of your meeting in any other way.
Can I register without electronic identification?
If you do not have electronic identification you can prepare your registration on the website. Then log in with your user name and password. Then you need to visit us to be registered with us as a job-seeker. You cannot book your visit in advance. Your first day of registration is counted from the day you visit us in person.
You need to visit us within 14 days of registering your details here on our website. If you do not do so, your details are deleted automatically.
Can I register earlier than my first day of unemployment?
Yes. But then you need to visit us on your first day of unemployment so that you do not lose unemployment benefit.
What is sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI)?
Your SGI affects the size of for example sickness benefit and parental allowance. It is Försäkringskassan that calculates your SGI. Contact Försäkringskassan if you have questions about your SGI.
What applies when I have received severance pay?
If you receive severance pay without beginning a new job, you need to register as a job-seeker with us. Remember to register the very first day after your employment ends; otherwise you risk losing your SGI with Försäkringskassan.
You cannot be paid unemployment benefit while you are receiving severance pay. Contact your unemployment benefit office and they will calculate the time worked that your severance pay corresponds to.
It is not until your period with severance pay has ended that you can be paid unemployment benefit.
What should I do if I am given notice or my employment is terminated?
Register with us to get help finding a job. Also contact your trade union to find out if you can get support and if so what organisation you should contact. Arbetsförmedlingen, the unemployment security organisations and your employer often collaborate to be able to give you good support.
I am no longer unemployed. How do I deregister?
Notify us as soon as you find a job or begin studying. You also need to notify your unemployment benefit office so that you can be given information about how this affects your benefit. Bear in mind that you may have to pay money back if you do not notify your unemployment benefit office. You report your activities for the final period that you were unemployed in the normal way.