On this page you can find information on the requirements for receiving unemployment benefits
To qualify for unemployment benefits you must:
If you are on partial disability pension, you are entitled to unemployment benefits even if you are not looking for full-time work.
Receiving unemployment benefit implies certain obligations. This means that you are required to:
You will have reasonable time to organise childcare and commuting.
Make sure you retain your right to unemployment benefits:
You cannot receive unemployment benefits if you are in military or non-military service or in the hospital. The party paying the unemployment benefit decides on the payment of the unemployment benefit.
While travelling abroad, you can receive unemployment benefits if:
To receive unemployment benefits, you may need to live in Finland. This matter is investigated and determined by the party paying the unemployment benefit.
Based on the information you provide when registering as an unemployed jobseeker, we issue a labour policy statement on your right to unemployment benefits.
The information you provide when you register may be sufficient to prepare the labour policy statement that we send to your unemployment fund or Kela.
If we need further clarification for the statement, we will contact you.
For labour policy statements, the TE Office may request, for example:
The TE Office issues a labour policy statement to the unemployment fund or Kela regarding your right to unemployment benefit. This statement cannot be separately appealed.
The party paying the unemployment benefit cannot change the statement given by the TE Office.
When you register as an unemployed jobseeker, your will be asked about factors that may influence your right to an unemployment benefit. As an unemployment benefit recipient your will be obligated to notify the TE Office of any changes to your status.
Please notify the TE Office on the following:
The list above includes the most typical changes that the TE Office must be notified of. If you are not sure about how a change might affect your right to unemployment benefits, please contact your local TE Office or the telephone service for personal customers.
The TE Office will provide more information on how to submit information on the start and conclusion of employment for those people who e.g. take on temporary work on a regular basis.
If you are a customer of a local government pilot on employment, notify your municipality of residence and if necessary, the TE Office, of any changes. Your municipality of residence submits the labour policy statements that are part of its duties under the Act on local government pilot on employment. Your municipality of residence can tell you the grounds of the labour policy statements issued by the municipality.
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