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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for child benefit

Description

The payment of child benefit is not dependent on your income. The amount is staggered according to the number of your children:

  • eur 219.00 each for the first and second child,
  • for the third child EUR 225,00 and
  • for each additional child EUR 250,00

In principle, you are entitled to child benefit from the birth of your child until your 18th birthday. Even after that, you can be entitled to child benefit, but up to a maximum of your 25th birthday:

  • Children between the age of 18 and 21: You receive child benefit if
    • your child is not gainfully employed, and
    • is registered as a jobseeker.
  • Children between the age of 18 and 25: You receive child benefit if
    • Your child is in an apprenticeship (school / profession / study),
    • Your child is in a transitional period of no more than four months, for example between school leaving certificate and vocational training or a recognised voluntary service.
    • Your child cannot start or continue his or her education because he or she has not found a training place.
    • Your child completes a recognized voluntary service.
    • If your child has already completed initial vocational training, but is still in training and works up to 20 hours a week, for example.

If your child has a disability and cannot provide for themselves financially on their own, you are entitled to child benefit even after your child's 25th birthday. However, the disability must have occurred before his or her 25th birthday and must be the reason why your child cannot provide for himself financially on his own.

Child benefit is paid to you if your child lives in your sole household. If the child lives with both parents, you can jointly determine which of you should receive the child benefit.

If you have a child, you can apply for child benefit.

You must apply for child benefit in writing.

If you would like to submit the application online:

  • Go to the website of the Family Fund, select the area that suits you and follow the instructions.
  • Submit the required documents by post.
  • The Family Fund will inform you by post whether you are entitled to child benefit.
  • If your application has been approved, the family fund will pay you the child benefit on a monthly basis.
  • If you work in the public sector or receive pensions, you may receive child benefit from your employer or employer, unless he has waived his special responsibility. In this case, you must also submit the application to your employer or employer.

If you would like to submit the application in writing by post:

  • For your application, please use the forms that you can get from your responsible family fund or on the Internet at www.familienkasse.de. You can also complete the application online.
  • Send the signed application by post to the family fund responsible for you.
  • The Family Fund will inform you by post whether you are entitled to child benefit.
  • If your application has been approved, the family fund will pay you the child benefit on a monthly basis.
  • If you work in the public sector or receive pensions, you may receive child benefit from your employer or employer, unless he has waived his special responsibility.
  • You must inform your family fund immediately if something changes that could affect child benefit (e.B child drops out of school, you or another parent take up employment abroad).

Your family fund at the Federal Employment Agency. You can use the service finder to find the family fund responsible for you.

If you work in the public sector and your employer or employer has not yet renounced his special responsibility, please contact the department of your employer or employer responsible for your child benefit.

Service finder on the website of the Federal Employment Agency

Requirements that apply to you as a parent:

  • In Germany, they are subject to unlimited income tax or are assessed in this way. This also applies to nationals of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. A domestic residence is not mandatory.
  • For citizens of the EU or the EEA who move to Germany from August 2019, further requirements apply. In the first 3 months from entry, you must earn domestic income; from the 4th month from entry, the requirements of the Freedom of Movement Act must be met. Eu citizens are entitled to freedom of movement if:
    • are self-employed or employed
    • are jobseekers or involuntarily unemployed
    • be able to derive their right of free movement from a family member
    • have sufficient resources and adequate health insurance cover, or
    • have acquired a right of permanent residence.
  • Although you are not a citizen of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, you have a valid settlement permit or a certain other residence permit that entitles you to pursue an economic activity or
  • You are a legally recognised refugee or entitled to asylum.

Requirements that apply to your child:

  • Your child must be domiciled or habitually resident in Germany or in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland.
  • You may also be entitled to child benefit if your child lives in a household in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, but for example you or the other parent is subject to unlimited income tax in Germany or is assessed in this way.
  • The tax identification number of the child or children,
  • the tax identification number of the parent applying for child benefit, and
  • possibly additional documents (e.g. birth certificate, proof of the child's school/vocational training, severely disabled person's card)

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Note: After receipt of the application, the child benefit is paid retroactively for a maximum of the last six months.

Processing usually takes place within one month of receipt of the complete application for child benefit.

Note: Use the online service of the Family Fund to shorten the processing time.

The responsible family fund checks at certain intervals whether you still meet the requirements for entitlement to child benefit.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency

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