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Financial Support

In Germany you may receive assistance from a number of different institutions – for example the Employment Agency, the Job Centre and the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse).
Take a first look at the information below and check related links.

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 fulfill some further conditions for Supplementary Unemployment Benefit II

Child benefit can be paid for own, foster or adopted children, grandchildren, children of the spouse or the civil partner from birth until the age of 18 - in certain cases also beyond that age. Furthermore you have to belong to one of the following groups of persons:

  1. German citizens, if their place of residence or the place where they usually stay is located in Germany.
  2. Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland if their place of residence or the place where they usually stay is located in Germany and who are entitled to freedom of movement.
  3. Persons, who live in another country and who are either wholly liable to pay tax in Germany or who are treated accordingly.
  4. Foreign nationals in possession of  a valid settlement permit.  Certain other esident permits may alsoentitle to child benefit.
  5. Refugees and persons entitled to asylum who have been incontestably recognised as such.

This list is not exhaustive. Possible claims based on international and supranational law or the Federal Child Benefits Act are not taken into account here.

You must also fulfil other conditions for Child Benefit.

If your country of employment differs from your country of residence, specific rules apply to the payment of Child Benefit. Please find more information in our videos - available in various languages - under Related Links.

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.

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.