Unemployment benefits

Qualifying for unemployment benefit:
Employees and self-employed individuals aged 18-70 are entitled to receive unemployment benefit providing that they have earned  insurance cover and meet the conditions of the Unemployment Insurance Act and the Labour Market Measures Act; these include the following:

  •          Being unemployed.
  •          Being domiciled in Iceland, and being in the country.
  •          Actively seeking employment.
  •          Being fit for work.
  •          Prepared to take any job.
  •          Unemployment Insurance Act

 

Conditions to maintain the right to unemployment benefits

Documents needed to support your application:

After applying for unemployment benefit online, you have two weeks in which to submit the following documents, as appropriate:

  • A certificate from your last employer
  • Reasons why you lost your job / Notice of termination – This is needed unless you lost your job because of cutbacks/structural changes at the company, or you were only on a temporary employment contract.
  • A certificate of your working capacity (stating what types of work you can do) if you do not have full working capacity.
  • A certificate from your school/university/college stating that you have finished your studies, or when your study periods begin and end.
  • A certificate from your school/university/college stating what proportion of full-time studies you are taking, with your time-table.
  • A certificate from the Maternity/Paternity Leave Fund.
  • Copies of your two last pay-slips (if your job proportion has been reduced).
  • An U1 certificate if you have been working abroad and want to have this work counted in the assessment of your right to receive unemployment benefit. 

 

Var efnið hjálplegt?

Þakka þér fyrir þitt álit.
Það væri gagnlegt að vita meira um hvað þér finnst.

Hvað er helst að?

Hunang Hunang logo

Þessi vefur notar vefkökur (e. cookies).

Sjá nánar í persónuverndarstefnu Vinnumálastofnunar.