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Certificate for applying for work in the EU/EEA

If you are unemployed, you can take your Swedish unemployment benefit with you to look for work in another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland. To do this, you need a Certificate U2 from IAF. With the support of this certificate, your Swedish unemployment insurance fund pays unemployment benefit for three months when you are looking for work in any of these countries.

This is how it works

To obtain a certificate, it is a requirement that 

  • you are entitled to unemployment benefit,
  • you have been completely unemployed and registered at the Swedish Public Employment Service for at least four weeks before your departure,
  • you have applied for a Certificate U2 before your date of departure.

The spread of infection may also mean that it may be difficult to register at the public employment service in the country to which you travel. 

Registration at the public employment service in the country to which you have travelled is a precondition for your continued entitlement to Swedish unemployment benefit. You are therefore not able to claim Swedish unemployment benefit during the time you spend abroad if you travel to a country where you are unable to register at the local public employment service. This applies even if you have received a Certificate U2 issued by IAF. 

We therefore recommend anyone considering applying for a Certificate U2 for job applicants in another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Northern Ireland to investigate the possibilities registering at the local public employment service in the country and at the location to which you intend to travel before you apply for the certificate. 

We also encourage you to inform yourself with the travel information issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs about travel abroad and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s advice, which are updated on an ongoing basis.  See links below.

How to apply

  1. Fill out Part 1 in form ”Form to send to your unemployment insurance fund” as well as Part 1 in form ”Form to send to the Swedish Public Employment Service”.
  2. Send the first form to your unemployment insurance fund and the second form to the Swedish Public Employment Service. The unemployment insurance fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service will fill out Part 2. 
  3. Once the forms have been returned to you, check that they are complete and sign both of them in Part 3.
  4. Then send both the forms for applying for a U2 certificate to the IAF

When you have your certificate

If you have been granted a Certificate U2, you will have your benefit paid from your Swedish unemployment insurance fund when you have registered at the public employment service in the country where you are looking for work. 

Certificate U2 contains information about 

  • on which date the certification period starts – i.e. your date of departure,
  • the date by which you must register as a job seeker in the country where you intend to look for work in order to receive benefit without any interruption,
  • how long you may stay in the country where you intend to look for work.

The information material contains more information about how to apply for Certificate U2. Read through the information and application form carefully, so that you do not miss out on benefits. 

Contact the Swedish Public Employment Service if you would like information about working abroad.