What should I do if am/become unemployed?

People who live in Switzerland and become unemployed are entitled to unemployment benefit provided that all the necessary requirements are met. The fundamental conditions for this are a valid residence permit and 12-months of employment in the 2 years before becoming unemployed.


For questions with regard to unemployment, please contact the Unemployment Insurance ‘Funds and the Regional Job Placement Centres (RAV).


The following is important if you become or are at risk of becoming unemployed:


  • Start immediately with the search for a new job if you have not already begun. Proof of these efforts is to be submitted when claiming unemployment benefit. Corresponding notes and copies of written applications and letters of rejection are to be retained.
  • Please report immediately to the job centre in the place where you live.