Unemployment Benefits in Argentina

Find out who is entitled to claim unemployment benefit and how to make a claim...

Unemployment benefits are administered by the National Social Security Administration (Administración Nacional de Seguridad Social - ANSES).

The government-paid insurance coverage involves a core provision which is calculated on the basis of the highest regular net monthly pay over the last six months worked.

If the beneficiary has family obligations, they can also collect any ordinary or extraordinary allowances they are entitled to during the time in which unemployment payment is provided. This depends on the amount of time the claimant has worked, and thereby contributed to the National Employment Fund, during the three years prior to the end of their last employment.

Registering for Unemployment Benefit

Any officially registered worker is entitled to claim unemployment payment upon termination of their employment, regardless of the reason for the termination. They are first required to go in person to the UDAI (Unidad de Atención Integral), a department of the ANSES, within 90 days of the end of the employment.

Requirements for Claiming Unemployment Benefit

In order to be eligible to receive unemployment benefit a claimant must have contributed to the National Employment Fund for the following minimum (continuous or non-continuous) periods of time:

  • In-company workers: Twelve months over the last three years prior to the termination of the labor contract leading to unemployment
  • Contract labor: 90 days during the 12 months prior to the termination of the labor contract leading to unemployment
  • Seasonal workers: A minimum of 12 months in the three years prior to the termination of the labor contract leading to unemployment

It is also necessary to have a labor tax identification number (Código Único de Identificación Laboral - CUIL).

The following documents are required in order to claim unemployment benefit:

  • Two copies of ID, including the original
  • Any documentation providing evidence of unemployment, such as a dismissal telegram or registered letter signed by the employer and certified by a bank, notary public or other authority

Note: Beneficiaries of unemployment benefit will continue to receive the same Health Insurance coverage they had while working.