France is definitely a top choice when it comes to job opportunities. This is also the reason why so many people from all over the world decide to relocate here. However, it may happen sometimes that people are left jobless, without having any idea what they will do next or where to ask for help. This happens especially in the case of foreigners. In this article, you will learn more about how you can obtain your unemployment benefits in France and will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this topic.

Are unemployment benefits actually real?

Yes, they are! There are studies that claim that the unemployment rate has dropped lately, which is why the French government is constantly looking for new ways to help jobless people get back on track and find a new job as soon as possible. However, you should know that not everyone is entitled to these benefits.

What are the terms to receive these benefits?

You should know that salaried people are the first ones entitled to obtain unemployment benefits and the reason is quite simple – they contribute to the national insurance scheme. One important criterion to benefit from allocations chomage 93 is that the individual has over 25 years old, is pregnant or has at least one dependent child. Also, they have to be in France legally and provide evidence of their right to stay. There is a certain level of average monthly income regarding the household for the last three months prior to the application that must not be exceeded in order to have access to unemployment benefits.

It is important to mention that those who are on sabbatical or parental leave, on seasonal lay-off or unpaid leave or students who are not receiving monthly incomes from work that are at least equal to €500, they won’t be able to receive income support.

How do I claim and what exactly can I claim?

This is another frequently asked question many people who are left jobless in France have. Worth mentioning is the fact that the amount of income support is directly dependant on the number of persons living in the household and on the individual’s income and that of the other members of the household. On the official website of French administration you will find a calculation simulator that will help you make a clearer idea and make an estimate of your rights.

In case your household doesn’t have any professional income, it means that the minimum guaranteed income is equal to a flat sum that can be changed depending on the composition of the family. Single parents, with dependent children on the other hand, as well as pregnant women, benefit from an increased guaranteed amount. Also, those who have income coming from places other than employment, should know that the amount of income support they will benefit from is equal to the difference between this income and the basic income support.

As it can be seen, being left without a job in France is not something to be too worried about.