first of all I will start by inform you about the requirements for using the graduate rule. As we describe in our article, one of the requirements is that you are in Denmark no later than 14 days (including weekends) after you end your education. So it is important that you register as graduate (get graduate status) in your A-kasse BEFORE you leave Denmark and go on holiday, and as you know no later than 2 weeks after graduation
it is important that you inform Jobcenter about holiday - in fact you do this by loggin in to Jobnet.dk and register your holiday here. Jobnet.dk is the online presence of Jobcenter.
And when you do that, your A-kasse will also automatically get this information.
Off course you are obliged to do this, so that you don't receive unemployment benefits when you are not available for the working force.
If you dont know the exact day your holiday starts - because you dont know when you graduate, then in first place inform the Jobcenter or your A-kasse that you will have holiday but dont know the exact days yet.
The most important is that you inform Jobnet.dk - not if it is 10 or 14 days in advance.
"Leave" from benefits (dagpenge)
In relation to "leave from benefits" - you have two options:
- When you are registered with graduate status - you have up to 2 years to begin to spend of your right to unemployment benefits (dagpenge"). So by this option you only register as graduate - but don't register as unemployed.
You can register as graduate and also as unemployed. When you get your first unemployment benefit card ("Dagpengekort") from you A-kasse - this happens 1 time every month when you are registered as unemployed. Actually the "Dagpengekort" is an online formular at the A-kasse's website that you must fill out with information about if you have had work or holiday the last month. So here you can inform about your holiday. If you have been on holiday the full month (that the current dagpengekort covers) the you will receive nothing (0 DKK) in dagpenge. But if you only have been on holiday for instance in 18 days - then you will get benefits for the rest of the period in that month.
The general princip - is that you only use of your right to dagpenge (2 year period) when you actually get paid benefits. When you have holiday (or work) you will not spend of the benefit period. So this will extend the 2-year period in the last end.
Anders Weber, www.a-kasser.dk