Working abroad: an overview

Overview of rules for CA members working abroad. 

Please, be aware that your right to benefits depends on whether or not you meet the recidence requirement.

  Working outside the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland Working in an EEA country (the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) or in Switzerland Working in an EEA country on a temporary post by a Danish employer.
Can I continue as a member of my Danish unemployment fund? Yes, you can continue as a CA member while working abroad. No, you must transfer to unemployment insurance in the country where you work. Yes, you can continue as a CA member while working abroad once you obtain approval from Pensionsstyrelsen that your Danish social security rights will be upheld.
Can I continue contributing to the early retirement scheme while I work abroad? Yes No, you cannot pay your early retirement contribution while you live abroad. But you can pay the early retirement contribution in arrears on your return to Denmark. There are special rules regarding seniority. Contact us to learn more. Yes
Is my seniority from unemployment insurance abroad taken into account when I return home? No – you continue as a CA member and retain your seniority while working abroad.. Yes – if you apply in writing for admission within 8 weeks of the expiry of your insurance policy abroad. Special work requirement rules apply if you deregistered from CA or another Danish unemployment fund for more than 5 years. Read more below.* No – you continue as a CA member and retain your seniority while working abroad.
Is my work abroad included in earning the right to new benefits when I return home? Yes Yes Yes
Is my work abroad included in calculating a new benefit rate when I return home? Yes Yes Yes

 

*) If you have been away from a Danish unemployment fund for more than 5 years, you must fulfil a work requirement of at least 296 hours within the following 12 weeks in order to have your seniority transferred from your unemployment insurance abroad. The work must be carried out in Denmark and your first working day must fall within 8 weeks of the expiry of your insurance abroad.