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Application for unemployment benefit: What do I need to apply for unemployment benefit?

27th June 2024

In this article you will find out which documents and steps are necessary to apply for unemployment benefit

Have you lost your job or are you about to become unemployed? No need to panic! With the right documents and a little preparation, you can apply for unemployment benefit quickly and easily. This article will tell you everything you need to know.

What do I need to apply for unemployment benefit?

  • You will need the following documents to apply for unemployment benefit:

  • A valid identity card or passport

  • Your national insurance number

  • Your unemployment certificate

  • Your last two payslips

  • Bank statements for the last three months

  • For foreigners: Residence permit and work permit if applicable

Important: The exact requirements may vary depending on the federal state and your individual situation. It is therefore advisable to check with your local employment agency in advance.

How do I submit the application?

You can apply for unemployment benefit either in person at your local employment agency or online via the service portal of the Federal Employment Agency.

Personal application:

  • Make an appointment with your local employment agency in advance to avoid waiting times.

  • Bring all the necessary original documents with you.

  • Fill out the application together with an employee of the Federal Employment Agency.

Online application:

  • Register on the service portal of the Federal Employment Agency.

  • Complete the online application and upload the required documents.

  • Submit the application electronically.

Important: After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt. As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive a notification by post.

Deadlines and dates:

  • Register as unemployed on the first day of your unemployment at the latest.

  • Submit your application for unemployment benefit within four weeks of registering as unemployed.

Tip: The earlier you submit your application, the faster you will receive your unemployment benefit.

Further information:

  • Federal Employment Agency: https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/

  • Information sheet "Unemployment benefit I": https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ueber-uns/veroeffentlichungen/merkblaetter-downloads

  • Online application for unemployment benefit I: https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/arbeitslos-melden/

With this information, you are well prepared to submit your application for unemployment benefit. Your local employment agency will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. If you are interested in a lateral entry into IT or are considering further training, our Admissions Team will be happy to advise you on our bootcamp programme and financing options - with an education voucher (“Bildungsgutschein”), a bootcamp is even 100% free for you! 

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