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As a foreign national, I was unaware/naive regarding Denmark's unemployment system. I have a 2 year contract with just over 6 months left. Having rung many akasse agencies they all say you get nothing unless you've been a member and working for a year. What I wanted to know, is there anything that can be done so that I can receive some kind of benefits if I fail to find another job after these 6 months?

Thanks for any advice,
Christopher Barnes
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Hi
I am sorry to tell you that it is right what the A-kasser told you. The requirements are very clear and it is not possible to be exempted from the requirements.
Only for graduates there is special rules - they dont need to have been member/worked before getting unemployment benefits.
If you work as phD it will sometime (depending on salary) be possible to use graduate rules, but I assume its not your case.

Best regards,
Anders
www.a-kasser.dk
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Hi Anders,

Thank you for your quick response. Funnily enough I am a PhD graduate from the UK, so my previous employment within the UK was as a PhD immediately proceeding my job here.

Does this help at all?

Thanks for any help!
Chris Barnes
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Hi,
to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Denmark, you must have completed the PhD program in Denmark and it must have had a minimum duration of 18 months.
Although it is possible to follow some of study abroad but one of the requiremets for using graduates rule is that you must had a permanent address in Denmark no later than one day before the start of your education. As I understand your comment you have followed and completed your PhD in UK and is now working on normal conditions in Denmark.
So you can not use graduates rule - you can only the normal rules for earners.
(= 1 year of membership/work).

Best regards
www.a-kasser.dk
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Hi,

I am sorry I just submitted a similar question. I also hapen to have completed my PhD abroad.

Looking at this sentence from your webpage (under Benefits):

"To be entitled to unemployment benefits when you become unemployed, you must have had at least 52 weeks (1.924 hours) of work within the last three years and been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for at least one year."

I thought that the 1924 hours could have been completed in the last three years right? I guess it is a matter then of modifying this sentence so that it includes the restriction of "1 year of membership AND work" that you talk about...

Best regards,
Anna

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