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When can I submit my first application?

Applications for earnings-related daily allowance are always made retrospectively. That is, only after you have been unemployed or laid off for a while. The law does not state an exact time, but the normal practice is two weeks. After that, you can submit your first application.

The ten commandments for applying for daily allowance

  1. Register as a job-seeker in the TE Office as soon as you are laid off or given a notice of termination.
  2. Always apply for daily allowance retroactively for a past period. Make the first application for two past weeks and the further applications for either four past weeks or one past month.
  3. You cannot apply for daily allowance in advance for a future period.
  4. Send the first application when two weeks have passed from the beginning of the unemployment or lay-off. Apply for daily allowance for the past two weeks.
  5. Send a further application, if your unemployment or lay-off continues, even if your first application had not yet been processed.
  6. Send a further application no earlier than four weeks or one month after the last day of your first application.
  7. You will get your money sooner, if you use in your further application the application period proposed by OmaYTK.
  8. Send the last application on the last day of the lay-off or unemployment at the earliest.
  9. Send the application within three months from the first day of the application period at the latest.
  10. Keep calm. In case your application is missing essential attachments, we will ask you for them straight away.

You can submit your first application after two weeks

Earnings-related daily allowance is always paid retrospectively every four weeks or once a month. In practice, this means that you should apply for the daily allowance retrospectively every four weeks or every month.

Fortunately, the first payment period can be shorter. This means that you do not have to wait four weeks or a month before you submit your first application.

The law does not state an exact period for when to make the first application for a daily allowance. The normal practice is to wait two weeks.

Two weeks is a good period, because the processing time for the first application is often slightly longer. If you submit your first application a little earlier, you will receive your first daily allowance about one month after you became unemployed or laid off.

There is also another practical reason for waiting two weeks. usually, when you become unemployed, a waiting period of five full working days is set at the start of the payment period. You cannot be paid for the five days. So, if you submit your first application before the end of the waiting period, your first application will be refused. This will cause unnecessary work and may delay the payment of your daily allowance.

Example 1

You become laid off or unemployed on 1 January. You can submit your first application on 14 January.

Example 2

You are laid off on 1 January, but you are laid off only for one day every week and work for four days. You can submit your first application on 14 January, in other words, after two weeks, even though you have only been laid off for two days by then.

Example 3

You become laid off or unemployed on 1 January. You go back to work on 10 January. Because you went back to work before the two weeks was over, you can submit your first application on your last day of unemployment, on 9 January.

Don't be late!

You do not need to submit your first application after two weeks. If you wish, you can submit your application later. Just remember that we can only pay you for the past three months. So, you must submit your application at the latest within three months of the day you become unemployed or laid off and wish to be paid a daily allowance.

TIP

After the first application, you apply for the daily allowance every four weeks or every month. If you become unemployed in the middle of the week and you wish to apply every four weeks, it is best to submit your first application on the Sunday after two weeks. This way, it will be easier to apply for your daily allowance in the future.

In some situations, applying every four weeks is more practical. There is no need to worry about this. We will guide you and may ask you to apply for an additional period to find the best application period for you.

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