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Prepare yourself well

  • Apply for a DigiD if you do not yet have one. Please go to
  • Try to avoid unemployment by looking for a new job as soon as possible. Post your CV on and register at job sites and employment agencies.

Apply for an unemployment benefit

  • You may apply for an unemployment benefit from one week before you become unemployed.
  • Apply for a benefit no later than one week after the first day of your unemployment.

Follow the status of your application

  • 4 weeks after your application you will receive a letter containing the decision. This letter tells you whether you are entitled to a benefit, the amount of the benefit and the duration of the benefit.
  • You can follow the status of your application through "Mijn UWV".
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