Exporting unemployment benefit to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) and Northern Ireland from the EU affects your right to get a U2 certificate, if you intend to look for work in the UK or Northern Ireland and at the same time continue to receive Swedish unemployment benefit. Below, we explain the rules that applies from 2021 and onwards.
New rules from 2021
On 1 January 2021, the UK and Northern Ireland's Withdrawal Agreement with the EU will take effect.
This allows people who are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement to apply, subject to certain conditions, to export their unemployment benefit when they wish to apply for a job in the UK or Northern Ireland.
Cross-border situation gives entitlement to apply for a U2 certificate
With effect from 1 January 2021, only those who were in a cross-border situation before the end of the transition period and are still in such a situation thereafter will, subject to certain conditions, be able to apply for work based on a U2 certificate in the UK or Northern Ireland for three months.
Example of a cross-border situation:
An example of a cross-border situation is where a British citizen has exercised their freedom of movement before the end of the transition period and has settled and found employment in Sweden, and is still living and working in Sweden after 1 January 2021.