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    Start Uni in September, just moved to West Sussex and had to leave my old job for the move, haven't been able to find any work since moving. Move again for uni in 7weeks so I doubt I'll find somewhere to employ me for that short amount of time.

    What documents do I need to take with me to the job center to prove that I am eligible for JSA ?
    How long does the process take ? (when will i get the money?)
    What type of 'proof' is it they need for me to show that I am actively looking for a job ?

    Any help would be ace !
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    (Original post by ciarasimpson)
    Start Uni in September, just moved to West Sussex and had to leave my old job for the move, haven't been able to find any work since moving. Move again for uni in 7weeks so I doubt I'll find somewhere to employ me for that short amount of time.

    What documents do I need to take with me to the job center to prove that I am eligible for JSA ?
    How long does the process take ? (when will i get the money?)
    What type of 'proof' is it they need for me to show that I am actively looking for a job ?

    Any help would be ace !
    As you hold an offer for university/have just finished college, you cannot get JSA.

    Get back to looking for a job. Why you would stop looking for work because "[you] doubt [you'll] find someone to employ [you]" is not the attitude to take - if you keep trying a job will come up.

    The process can take anything up to about 6 weeks IIRC, but don't quote me. Proof required is offers for job interviews, I presume. Google is your friend and all that.
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    You won't be eligible but for future reference you initially start your claim over the phone. The initial phone call takes about 45-60mins and you would need your NI number and bank account details (if you have a bank account) along with details of previous work (dates etc.) and of any savings you may have. Your initial job seekers interview is normally within a couple of weeks but your claim starts straight away.

    The 'proof' you are looking for work is detailed in your job seekers agreement which is personal to you (although tbf, they are mostly pretty similar unless you are looking for a particular kind of work). You have to bring your job seekers agreement every time you sign on and they will either ask you what you have been doing to find work or they will just check what you wrote on the form. The agreement is a minimum level of job seeking activity you are expected to maintain.
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    Ahhh, I am a fool ! Thank you for your help though !

    And, CMJBGBWC, I wanted to get JSA to help me find a job, not as an alternative ! It's got to the point where I can't afford the bus fare into town in order to get my CVs around. First time I've been unemployed for five years, I'm not a scrounger, promise

    Thanks again though, at least now I know !

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