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Unemployment in the Netherlands

I receive unemployment benefits from my own country. How do I maintain this once I move to the Netherlands?

What are the requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits?

What is the procedure for claiming unemployment benefits?

The application for WW-uitkering (unemployment benefit) is a three-stage process as follows:

Step 1

Firstly, you must register as a job seeker at the Government’s Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV) within two days of becoming unemployed. If possible, you should register yourself on or before the first day of becoming unemployed (registration is possible from four months prior to you leaving work). You can register with a UWV office or via the internet at www.werk.nl/werk_nl/werknemer/home. If you register via the Internet, you need a DigiD (digital identification code). If you are not registered with DigiD, you can find out how to get one here. Please note that the application for your DigiD can take up to five days to process.

Step 2

After registering, you apply for unemployment benefits with UWV using the digital form found at www.werk.nl/werk_nl/werknemer/uitkering-aanvragen (in Dutch only). You just log into the form using your DigiD code. You must do this within one week of becoming unemployed. You can make an application up to three weeks before becoming unemployed. You can apply for an unemployment benefit with a UWV office or via the internet using DigiD.

Step 3

You have an intake interview with a UWV consultant. Please bring a valid passport or identity card (not a driver’s licence) and an official document showing your Burgerservicenummer – BSN (citizen service number), e.g. a tax assessment, to your visit.

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