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Help I become unemployed! How and when can I apply for unemployment benefit?


Losing a job without prospect of other work is very stressful for many people. Very understandable.
Will you be unemployed soon? Then prepare now for the steps you need to take in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.

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The unemployment benefit is awarded and paid by the UWV. UWV stands for the Employee Insurance Agency. You submit the application This is a website of the UWV.


Sometimes you know long in advance that you will be unemployed. Nevertheless, you cannot apply for unemployment benefit yet. You have to wait until 1 week before your last working day. You can submit the application up to 1 week after your last working day.

If you are afraid that you will forget to submit an application in time, sign up for a reminder email on the UWV website (e-mail service 'Reminder WW application'). The UWV will send you an email as soon as you can submit the application. It's that easy!

What can you do in advance?

  1. DigiD
    You can only apply for benefits via the computer. Remember that you need a DigiD for this. DigiD stands for digital identity. Your DigiD consists of a username and a password. Your DigiD is personal and you use it to identify yourself on the internet. This way organizations know with certainty that they are dealing with you.
    If you do not have a DigiD, you will have to apply for it in advance. You put this on . You have to take into account that it can take 5 days before you finally receive your DigiD.
  2. Employment history and salary check
    When you have received your DigiD, you can immediately use it to log in to Then go to your personal details. You can find it under My UWV. Here you can check your employment history and your salary details. The UWV receives this information from the tax authorities. They are used, for example, to determine the duration and the amount of your unemployment benefit.
  3. Apply
    As soon as you know that you will be unemployed, you should start looking for work immediately. You can register on vacancy websites or with employment agencies. You can post your CV (curriculum vitae) on and you can try to find a new job through your network or social media.
    The UWV requires 1 specific application prior to unemployment benefit.

Applying for unemployment benefit

For the ultimate application for unemployment benefit, at in addition to your DigiD, you also need your IBAN account number and the date on which you become unemployed.
The application takes about half an hour.

Register as a job seeker

As soon as you have submitted your application, you are immediately registered as a jobseeker. You do not have to perform a separate action for this. Renewal of the registration is also automatic.

What happens after the application?

Once you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt from the UWV. You can go on the next day via My UWV follow the application procedure. You will receive the decision from the UWV no later than 4 weeks after your first day of unemployment, containing information about the entitlement, amount and duration of your unemployment benefit.


If you do not agree with the decision or if you have doubts about it, please contact De Unie. We can check whether the decision is correct and submit an objection for you to the UWV.


Do you have any questions? Then contact us. We can help you with this. We can be reached by telephone on 0345 - 851 963 and you can also email us via