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Information about Brexit

The answers are subject to future political decisions at national or European level. Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

General information about the Brexit and Brexit hotline of the Federal Employment Agency (BA)

Information about Brexit can be found at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS, German only).

If you have questions about Brexit, you can contact the BA Brexit hotline:

0228 713-2903 (within Germany)

+49 228 713-2903 (from abroad)

Information for employers

If you have any questions about Brexit, please contact the employer hotline at the following number:

0800 4 555520 (toll-free)

or personal to your contact person or your personal contact in employer service (German only) in the employment agency.

The statements in the questions and answers below relate to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. To keep the answers as short as possible, the term "British" or "Great Britain" is used below.

Germans in the UK - deposit into social security systems

As a posted or posted person, please contact your employer.

In addition, you will receive information under the following link:

https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/ is the main source of information for EU and UK citizens about the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

Request to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP):

+44 800 055 6688

The website can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions.

For more focused support, individuals can at https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus, there can be found the contact numbers for JobCentre Plus offices and consultants who can assist with questions about existing benefit entitlements. Please note that these are standard helplines that are not intended for the United Kingdom definitely outside the EU.

JobCentre Plus to apply for a national insurance number:

+44 345 600 0643

Contributions from UK Social Security:

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC): +44 191 203 7010

Citizens with questions about the EU resolution system should first be directed to https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen.

It will then be possible to call the helpline for the completed status, both for individuals and for local authorities / support organizations that could assist claimants with settled status:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-applicant-information

Within the UK:

0300 123 7379

Outside the UK:

+44 203 080 0010

https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/ is the main source of information for EU and UK citizens about the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

 

The DWP request is:

+44 800 055 6688

The website can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions.

For more focused support, individuals can at https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus, there can be found the contact numbers for JobCentre Plus offices and consultants who can assist with questions about existing benefit entitlements. Please note that these are standard helplines that are not intended for the United Kingdom definitely outside the EU.

JobCentre Plus to apply for a national insurance number:

+44 345 600 0643

Contributions from UK Social Security:

HMRC +44 191 203 7010

Citizens with questions about the EU resolution system should first be directed to https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen.

It will then be possible to call the helpline for the completed status, both for individuals and for local authorities / support organizations that could assist claimants with settled status:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-applicant-information

Within the UK:

0300 123 7379

Outside the UK:

+44 203 080 0010

German students in the UK

Please contact the university or the granting body for this.

https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/ is the main source of information for EU and UK citizens about the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

 

Request to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP):

+44 800 055 6688

The website can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions.

Unemployed Germans in the UK (or impending unemployment)

We are unable to provide any information about possible claims for British unemployment benefits. Please inquire about this in the UK.

 

We are unable to provide any information about possible claims for British unemployment benefits. Please inquire about this in the UK.

If you have worked in the UK and were insured under UK law and would like to know if you can qualify for German unemployment benefits when you return to Germany, the following regulations apply:

Provided that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement ("harder Brexit") and the "Law on Transitional Social Security Arrangements and other areas following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (BrexitSozSichÜG)" comes into effect on the withdrawal date, then the following applies:

In principle, your British insurance periods that you have completed before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit. In addition, employment periods that were not insurance periods in the UK unemployment insurance and that you have covered before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit if they had been insurance periods under the German law.

If you did not live in Germany during your employment under the British law, your British hours can only be taken into account for an entitlement of the German unemployment benefit if you have recently worked in Germany before becoming unemployed and applying for German unemployment benefits. So you need a pre-employment in Germany, with that your British times can be considered for a German unemployment benefit.

To be eligible for German unemployment benefit, you must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the Social Code Book. In other words, you must be unemployed, register for work with the Employment Agency and meet the qualifying period.

Among other things, unemployment means that you must be "available" for the agency's efforts to find a job.

If you do not have access to the labour market, for example, you are not allowed to work in Germany, then you do not fulfil the requirement of "availability". So whether you can receive German unemployment benefit depends on your residence status.

Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

If you have worked in the UK and were insured under UK law and would like to know if you can qualify for German unemployment benefits when you return to Germany, the following regulations apply:

Provided that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement ("harder Brexit") and the "Law on Transitional Social Security Arrangements and other areas following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (BrexitSozSichÜG)" comes into effect on the withdrawal date, then the following applies:

In principle, your British insurance periods that you have completed before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit. In addition, employment periods that were not insurance periods in the UK unemployment insurance and that you have covered before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit if they had been insurance periods under the German law.

If you did not live in Germany during your employment under the British law, your British hours can only be taken into account for an entitlement of the German unemployment benefit if you have recently worked in Germany before becoming unemployed and in order to apply for German unemployment benefits. So you need a pre-employment in Germany, with that your British times can be considered for a German unemployment benefit.

To be eligible for German unemployment benefit, you must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the Social Code Book. In other words, you must be unemployed, register for work with the Employment Agency and meet the qualifying period.

Among other things, unemployment means that you must be "available" for the agency's efforts to find a job.

If you do not have access to the labour market, for example, you are not allowed to work in Germany, then you do not fulfil the requirement of "availability". So whether you can receive German unemployment benefit depends on your residence status.

Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

 

In answering the question, it is assumed that Britain will leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement ("harder Brexit").

After the date of departure, Great Britain is no longer part of the EU. The United Kingdom is then no longer obliged to grant you to take along your British unemployment benefit claim for job search in Germany. Please inquire with your British sponsor if necessary.

Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

 

As a general rule, as a German male or German female, you are entitled to unemployment benefit II as soon as you have reached the age of 15, you are able to work, you need help and have your habitual residence in Germany.

If you enter with your partner or your partner with his/her children, then they usually put you in a so-called need community and also receive benefits under the SGB II. It comes into consideration in certain cases, a community of need with your male or female partner.

Europeans in the UK - Deposit into UK's social security system

We are unable to provide any information about possible claims for British unemployment benefits. Please inquire about this in the UK.

If you have worked in the UK and were insured under UK law and would like to know if you can qualify for German unemployment benefits when you return to Germany, the following regulations apply:

Provided that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement ("harder Brexit") and the "Law on Transitional Social Security Arrangements and other areas following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (BrexitSozSichÜG)" comes into effect on the withdrawal date, then the following applies:

In principle, your British insurance periods that you have completed before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit. In addition, employment periods that were not insurance periods in the UK unemployment insurance and that you have covered before the date of departure can be taken into account for a German unemployment benefit if they had been insurance periods under the German law.

If you did not live in Germany during your employment under the British law, your British hours can only be taken into account for an entitlement of the German unemployment benefit if you have recently worked in Germany before becoming unemployed and applying for German unemployment benefits. So you need a pre-employment in Germany, with that your British times can be considered for a German unemployment benefit.

To be eligible for German unemployment benefit, you must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the Social Code Book. In other words, you must be unemployed, register for work with the Employment Agency and meet the qualifying period.

Among other things, unemployment means that you must be "available" for the agency's efforts to find a job.

If you do not have access to the labour market, for example, you are not allowed to work in Germany, then you do not fulfil the requirement of "availability". So whether you can receive German unemployment benefit depends on your residence status.

Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

 

In answering the question, it is assumed that Britain will leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement ("harder Brexit").

After the date of departure, Great Britain is no longer part of the EU. The United Kingdom is then no longer obliged to grant you to take along your British unemployment benefit claim for job search in Germany. Please inquire with your British sponsor if necessary.

Please also note that answers are for your general information only and may not be exhaustive of all terms.

 

The EU Commission's Targeted Mobility Schemes Your first EURES job (YFEJ) and REACTIVATE are eligible for citizens of the 28 EU Member States who are resident in an EU member state and are looking for a job or training place in another EU member state and whoever wants to move their centre of life in whole or in part. Regarding YFEJ, the above points also apply to Norway and Iceland.

In the case of Brexit without special legal regulation, the UK is no longer an EU member state. As a result, neither EU citizens residing in the UK nor UK nationals, regardless of their residence within the EU, would be eligible. Both criteria, citizenship and residence, must be met for the promotion.