In certain cases, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits while looking for a job in another EU/EEA country for up to 3 months.
This opportunity is only available if you are a
EU/EEA-citizen or a Swiss citizen, a stateless citizen or a refugee with
residence in Denmark. Third country citizens residing in Denmark will not be
able to look for a job in another EU/EEA country for up to 3 months while
receiving unemployment benefits.
You have to meet the following conditions:
- You have been registered with the job center as full-time unemployed for at least 4 weeks before the planned departure date.
- You are available for the labour market on your departure date.
- You reside in Denmark until the departure date, including the day of departure.
- You are a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund.
- You are entitled to unemployment benefits on the departure date.
- You have applied for a PD U2 certificate from your unemployment insurance fund before your departure.
- You do not depart from Denmark before the date stated in your PD U2 certificate.
In certain cases, you can get an exemption from the requirement of 4 weeks' registration with the job center. You can contact your unemployment insurance fund for further information on the possibility of exemption.
With document PD U2, you are entitled to unemployment benefits for the period stated in the document, which is a maximum of 3 months. However, in order to receive the unemployment benefits, you must register with the employment service, in the country you are traveling to, no later than 7 days after the start date stated in document PD U2. Otherwise, you will only receive unemployment benefits from the day you register with the employment service in the other EU/EEA country.
During the period you receive Danish unemployment benefits in another EU/EEA country, you must be available for the labour market in the country in which you search for a job. If you get a job, you can no longer receive Danish unemployment benefits.
If you do not find work in the other EU/EEA country, it is important that you are back in Denmark and register with your local job center before the deadline of 3 months expires. You can see the deadline in your document PD U2 issued by your Danish unemployment insurance fund.
If you do not return to Denmark and register with your local job center before the deadline expires, you will lose your right to unemployment benefits. Hereafter, you will be entitled to unemployment benefits again at the earliest, when you have worked for at least 296 hours within a period of 12 weeks/3 months, if you are full-time insured. If you are part-time insured, you have to have worked at least 148 hours within a period of 12 weeks/3 months.