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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for an entry fee


The entry fee is intended to offer you a financial incentive if your income is initially not or hardly higher than your previous cash benefits of the basic security.

Entry fee is granted to you as a credit-free grant.

The amount of funding can be determined by each job center on the basis of the legal criteria and is usually about 50 percent of the standard rate for unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV). When calculating the amount, the duration of your unemployment and the size of your community of needs are taken into account, among other things. Therefore, the amount of the entry fee varies depending on the individual case.

For special groups of people, your job centre can also make a flat-rate assessment. This facilitates the same decisions in similar cases and concerns in particular:

  • Term unemployed
  • Single parent
  • migrants,
  • Elder
  • persons with health impairments,
  • Women in partner communities of need.

You can receive entry fees for a maximum of 24 months.

Whether and to what extent you can get entry fee is decided solely by your job center. This means that you have no legal claim to it.

In order to receive the entry fee, you should first arrange a consultation at your local job centre:

  • Contact the responsible job centre and make an appointment.
  • In the case of employment subject to social security contributions, you can also apply online for entry fee.
  • The integration specialist records your data and checks whether you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • The consultant makes a discretionary decision on this basis.
  • You will receive a notification by post or online with the approval or rejection of your application.
  • If your application is approved, the job centre will transfer the amount to your account monthly in advance.

You can find the job centre responsible for your place of residence via the office finder of the Federal Employment Agency.

  • You will receive unemployment benefit (ALG) II before starting your new job.
  • You must submit the application to your job centre before actually taking up employment.
  • Your new self-employment or your new employment is suitable for overcoming your need for help in the future.
  • The entry fee is required for your integration into the general labour market.
  • Your employment comprises at least 15 hours per week.

Additional requirements for self-employment/business start-up:

  • Positive evaluation of the job center about
    • Your personal suitability,
    • the economic viability of your self-employment

In the case of self-employment/business start-up:

  • Application for funding
  • Curriculum vitae, including, where appropriate, the necessary qualifications
  • Meaningful description of the business start-up project to explain the business idea (business concept/business plan).
  • Capital requirements and financing plan
  • Sales and profitability forecast (expected sales and costs) for the next 3 years
  • Where applicable, an opinion from an external third party or a competent body on the viability of your company
    • Expert bodies are: chambers, trade associations, credit institutions, start-up initiatives
  • Proof that you are self-employed, for example through your business registration, notification to the tax office or confirmation of the change of an ancillary trade to a main business
  • If necessary, further evidence, for example to your
    • accident insurance or
    • business liability or
    • Entry in the Register of Craftsmen

In the case of employment subject to social security contributions:

  • Application for funding
  • Copy of your employment contract

You must not have started your gainful employment when you apply for entry fee. This applies both to taking up the activity subject to social security contributions and to your self-employment.

An average of 4 weeks.

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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