Apply for unemployment benefits

When should I apply for unemployment benefit?

You should apply for unemployment benefits on the first day that you are without a job (full employment or part-time) and you are starting to look for new work. You will then be paid unemployment benefit from the date when you first register.

Where should I apply for unemployment benefit?

You apply for unemployment benefit here on the website The Directorate of Labour/Vinnumálastofnun. My pages (Mínar síður) is your domain at The directorate of Labour. You choose jobseeker to apply. You can also Click here   to apply for unemployment benefits.

My pages is your domain:

My pages’ is your domain at The Directorate of Labour. Here you are able to, including but not limited to:

  • Apply for employment and unemployment benefits
  • View the status of your application being processed
  • Apply for jobs advertised on the directorate’s website
  • Submit documents
  • View payslips, letters and responses to letters
  • Report all work and income (Video)
  • Report vacations
  • Change requests for use of personal tax credits
  • Change personal information
  • Register as a jobseeker without an application for unemployment benefits
  • De-register from unemployment benefits

You have to have Íslykil (Ice key) or rafræn skilríki (E- certificate) to be able to apply for unemployment benefit

To be able to apply for unemployment benefit you have to have Íslykil (Ice key) or rafræn skilríki (E-certificate). For more information press here.

Press here to order ice key.

Press here to order E- certificate.

When you have received íslykil or rafræn skilríki you can apply for unemployment benefit on the website of Directorate of labour and click "My pages" 

Confirming your application
If you do not confirm your application within 2 weeks, it will become invalid and be deleted. 

Documents to be submitted
When you apply, you will see details of what information you have to submit. These details are presented again at the end of the application process. Failure to submit the information when you go to confirm your application may delay your application.Click here to learn more about documents to be submitted.

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