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Unemployment benefit is paid to the person which has lost a job and has received a status of an unemployed person. Benefit may be received not longer than for 8 months. The amount of the benefit depends on the length of insurance period of the person and the wages subject to contributions.

Process description

  1. Service requests
    Important to know!
    In order to be granted unemployment benefits, you must first apply for unemployment status.
    The status of unemployed is obtained by submitting an application addressed to the State Employment Agency for its granting. After that, the State Social Insurance Agency must submit an application for unemployment benefits.
    In order not to delay the granting and payment of the benefit, it is preferable to submit both applications in the appropriate order on the same day.

    In order to claim the benefit, a specific form of application addressed to the SAA must be completed.
    May submit a submission:
    • on the portal;
    • on-site (if requested for service, a personal identification document (passport or ID card) must be produced);
    • electronically (the application must be signed with a secure electronic signature containing the time stamp);
    • by post.
    An application may be submitted in person to any VSAA customer service centre, State Employment Agency or the National and Local Government Unified Customer Service Centers

    The submission shall indicate the preferred method of receiving the decision.

    When applying for a benefit, the original documents certifying the length of insurance (employment) shall be presented by 31 December 1995 and the periods equated thereto, if such information is not already available to the SAA.

  2. Receipt of services
    A decision regarding the granting of a benefit may be received in person, by post, in the official electronic address or in the portal, in accordance with the type of receipt of the decision indicated in the application.

    The service shall be transferred to the account of the Latvian credit institution or postal settlement system (PNS) at the choice of the recipient.