Make sure you are prepared

  • Apply for a DigiD account if you do not have one. To apply for a DigiD account, please go to If you live in Europe, you can also log in using an electronic ID that is valid in the EU.
  • If your first day of unemployment is more than a week away, please register for our e-mailservice (in Dutch). We will then send you an email when it is time for you to apply for an unemployment benefit.
  • Try to look for a new job as soon as possible. Post your CV on (in Dutch) and register with job sites and employment agencies.

Apply for an unemployment benefit

  • You should apply for an unemployment benefit one week before you become unemployed.
  • Do not apply for the benefit any later than one week before the first day of your unemployment.

Monitor your application

  • We will send you a letter four weeks after you have applied for your unemployment benefit. In this letter, we will tell you if you qualify for a benefit, how much money you will receive and for how long you will receive the benefit.
  • You can monitor your application via Mijn UWV.
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