All employees who are not self-employed and who reside in Switzerland are, regardless of their nationality, insured against unemployment, provided they meet certain requirements.
A claim to benefits exists if at least 12 months of employment can be documented within the last two years prior to apllication, the so-called qualifying period. This qualifying period can be extended if parental leave time for children unter the age of 10 can be documented.
Citizens of EU/EFTA countries can have contribution periods they earned in an EU/EFTA country counted if they were engaged in employment for which contribution were required after their arrival in Switzerland.
Persons seeking employment are insured free of contribution requirements after the following events
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