Requirements for benefits

In order to receive benefits, you need to meet our requirements for benefits. Alfa-kassan has three requirements called the basic conditions, the work requirement, and the membership requirement. You must fulfill both the basic conditions and the work requirements to receive any benefits. To be eligible for income based benefits you need to fulfill the membership requirement as well. If you have not worked at all you are not eligible for benefits.

The basic conditions

The basic conditions mean that you have to be

  • able to work at least 3 hours each working day and for at least 17 hours a week on average.
  • registered as a job seeker with the Swedish Public Employment Service and have informed them that you want to apply for unemployment benefit.
  • are able and willing to take a job immediately.

The work requirement

To be eligible for benefits, you must have worked some time during the 12 months before you registered at Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Public Employment Service). You must either have worked:

  • at least 60 hours per month during 6 of the 12 latest months, or
  • at least 40 hours per month, in total 420 hours during 6 consecutive months during the 12 latest months.

If you have not worked at all

You can not receive benefits from an unemployment insurance fund if you never have worked before. Studies and parental leave do not count as work and can not be used to fulfill a work requirement.

Excluded time

If you have not worked in the last 12 months before becoming unemployed, we can check whether you previously have fulfilled the work requirement. We can check a period of a maximum of 5 years. This period is called excluded time (överhoppningsbar tid).

Some examples of excluded time are:

  • illness
  • care of your biological child before its 2nd birthday and care of an adoptive child during the child’s first 2 years with the family
  • time on parental leave
  • time spent receiving a careers allowance
  • time spent on full military service
  • time spent in full-time education

The membership requirement

The membership requirement means that you have been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for at least 12 months. To be eligible for income based benefits you need to fulfill the membership requirement.

  • Membership in an unemployment insurance fund starts as earliest as the months you apply.
  • You can not be a member of an unemployment insurance fund once you turn 66 years old.

Updated: 2024-05-23


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