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Unemployment Benefit

(Arbeitslosgeld 1)

Landing in a situation of unemployment can be challenging, but Germany’s social safety nets, such as Arbeitslosengeld 1 (ALG 1), are designed to provide support during this period. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of obtaining ALG 1 in Berlin, helping you navigate the paperwork and steps to secure financial assistance during your job search.

Step 1: Eligibility Check

Determine if you’re eligible for ALG 1. Generally, you should have contributed to the German social security system for at least 12 months in the past two years.It means paying taxes and social security payments. You should also be actively seeking employment and available for work.


Step 2: Termination of Employment

Your employment should have been terminated through no fault of your own. Resignations or voluntary quitting might affect your eligibility.


Step 3: Registration at the Employment Agency

Register as a job seeker at your local Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit/Jobcenter). This should be done immediately after your employment ends.


Step 4: Application for ALG 1

Submit an application for ALG 1 at your local Employment Agency. Fill out the necessary forms, provide required documents (such as your ID, employment contract, and bank details), and specify your previous employment details. We can help you fill out the form here.


Step 5: Calculation of Benefits

The amount of ALG 1 you receive depends on your previous income and the duration of your employment. The Employment Agency will calculate this for you. Usually, it is 70% of the last 3 months’ net income.


Step 6: Job Search and Reporting

While receiving ALG 1, you’re expected to actively search for a new job. Report your job search efforts to the Employment Agency (Jobcenter) as required.


Step 7: ALG 1 Payments

If your application is approved, you’ll start receiving ALG 1 payments. These payments are typically made monthly directly to your bank account.


Step 8: Reemployment Support

The Employment Agency might offer reemployment services, including job placement assistance, training, and workshops.


Important Tips:

  • Deadline: Apply for ALG 1 immediately after the termination of your employment.
  • Required Contributions: Your eligibility is based on your previous contributions to the social security system.

Remember: ALG 1 is designed to support you during your job search, providing financial stability while you explore new opportunities and not instead of finding a job.

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