While I was a student I received through postal mail invitations from A-Kasse to join as a member in order to get unemployment benefits.
After completing my academic degree and using the invitations the A-kasse had provided to me via postal mail, I decided to call and get informed on how to apply and what were the requirements to apply for a membership. I explained to the agent I had held student jobs due to my limited student resident permit requirements. At this point I was not told anything about not qualifying, instead I went ahead and applied online as the agent suggested. However, since the online application back then was only available in Danish via their website, I decided to call afterwards to confirm my application was made properly. During the conversation, I specifically explain to the lady:
• I was given 6 months to find a job in Denmark with a "resident permit as student" and wanted to confirm my application was made correctly and;
• If there was no documents that needed to be signed in person in order to be approved for A-Kasse benefits.
She requested my CPR No. to verify my application was made properly. As she found no mistakes in the form and was not entitled to tell me whether I qualified or not, I was advised to wait for a formal approval within 10 days.
Eventually, I was approved.
Furthermore, the misguided information given to me from the organization did not end there and subsequently continued in later months. Proves in later months arise where a counselor had made notes in their system about my visa status. Unfortunately, these sorts of mistakes were not caught and I was allowed to go home without any disapproval. In fact, the counselor even suggested applying for an internship visa and even gave me a paper flyer to a dance internship to apply for.
Later, I found out through the Danish Agency for International Recruitment that I was not allowed to collect any unemployment benefits under a student resident permit and A-Kasse should not have approved my membership benefits. This was something I did not know.
With this information at hand and as an honest individual, I decided to call the A-Kasse to address this misguided and misinformed approval your agency had provided to me. However, in the meantime after one day of giving my notice, I received a formal letter from the A-Kasse demanding to pay the 40,000+Kr, immediately within 14 days.
I appeal this case and they agree to take the blame of only half and pay for 22,000kr.
I applied as an American, and was hoping to provide with proper documentation of my status in Denmark. I honestly see no problem in approving this kind of consent if A-Kasse requests it, particularly if it would save me from this entire mistake.
Any help out there? Some public assistance regarding similar cases?
Thanks in advance