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Financial Assistance in Germany

In Germany you may receive assistance from a number of different parties – for example the employment agency, the job centre and the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse).

Should you have lost your job you may, under certain conditions, be entitled to unemployment benefit. In order to do so you must belong to one of the following groups of persons:

  1. You come from the European Union (EU), are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland.
  2. You possess a valid settlement or residential permit that entitles you to work in Germany.

You must also fulfil further conditions for Unemployment Benefit.

Should you not receive unemployment benefit or your salary does not cover the cost of living, you may apply for Supplementary Unemployment Benefit II. You may be entitled to Supplementary Unemployment Benefit II if you belong to one of the following groups of persons:

  1. You come from the European Union (EU), are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland.
  2. You belong to the group of persons who have been incontestably recognised as entitled to asylum.

You must also fulfil some further conditions for Supplementary Unemployment Benefit II.

Child benefit is paid for natural, foster or adopted children under the age of 18. In certain cases child benefit is also paid for children over the age of 18. You may be able to receive this if you belong to one of the following groups of persons:

  1. You come from the European Union (EU), are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland.
  2. You work in a position liable for social insurance contributions. Or you receive unemployment or sickness benefit. You are furthermore a national of one of the following states:
  • Algeria
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • Morocco
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  1. You possess a valid settlement or residential permit that entitles you to work in Germany.
  2. You belong to the group of persons who have been incontestably recognised as entitled to asylum.

You must also fulfil other conditions for Child Benefit.

Child supplement provides assistance to families on low incomes. You receive this supplement on top of child benefit. Anyone is entitled to this who belongs to one of the following groups of persons:

  1. You come from the European Union (EU), are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland.
  2. You belong to the group of persons who have been incontestably recognised as entitled to asylum.

You must also fulfil some other conditions for child supplement. We will be glad to inform you in a personal interview exactly which conditions these are.

Good to know: there are also some other financial benefits which you might be able to receive. We will be glad to inform you what these are and where you may apply for them.