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Can I receive an unemployment benefit abroad and look for a job in Lithuania?
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Can I receive an unemployment benefit abroad and look for a job in Lithuania?

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Usually, to qualify for an uemployment benefit, you should regularly visit the Labor Exchange Office of the country awarding you the benefit, which means you may not leave the country for a longer than a two-week period. However, if you receive an unemployment benefit within the EU/EEA or in Switzerland, you have the right to leave for Lithuania to look for a job and are entitled to receive an unemployment benefit from, say, Spain during a job-search period (exporting UI benefit to Lithuania)

  • You may receive an unemployment benefit for at least another period of 3 months from the EU member state, the Labor Exchange of which you are registered with, but have come to Lithuania to look for a job, if:
    • you are entitled to a UI benefit in the country where you became unemployed;
    • you are registered as a job seeker with the Employment Services of the country where you became unemployed at least 4 weeks ago;
    • you applied to the national Employment Services requesting the issue of a permit to export your unemployment benefit (a (portable) UI benefit export document is U2 PD);
    • upon coming to Lithuania, you have registered in the Local Labour Exchange Office within 7 days

Reviewed: 2018-01-12


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