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Can I Export My Unemployment Benefits or Subsidio?

Yes, you can, to any EU country. Both contributive unemployment benefits ´paro´ and non-contributive employment subsidy ´subsidio´ in practically all its varieties.

Meeting a set of requisites of course, having been registered as looking for work for a minimum of 4 weeks the first, having to register with a state unemployment agency in the other EU country within 7 days of arrival the second. Filling out paperwork beforehand of course.

For a maximum of 3 months, with possible renewal for another 3 months. Please beware that if you outstay the maximum period, you risk losing all remaining entitlements.

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Be advised that a local INEM/SEPE office in a small town might not be familiar with this procedure and you might need to apply at a provincial head office instead.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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