Compulsory insurance relationship on application for unemployment insurance Authorization

Service Description

Under certain conditions, you can apply for compulsory unemployment insurance so that you can receive unemployment benefit if you become unemployed at a later date. You are entitled to insurance if you

  • are self-employed for at least 15 hours per week, or
  • are employed abroad outside the EU, the EEA or outside Switzerland for at least 15 hours per week, or
  • are raising a child over 3 years old on parental leave, or
  • are undergoing further vocational training and thereby
    • are able to advance professionally or
    • have obtained a professional qualification or
    • can pursue another professional activity.

The monthly contribution in 2023 will be

  • EUR 88.27 (West) and EUR 85.54 (East) for self-employed persons
    • In the first year of self-employment and the following calendar year, you only pay half the contribution.
  • EUR 88.27 for employees abroad
  • EUR 44.14 (West) and EUR 42.77 (East) for persons on parental leave and for persons undergoing further vocational training.

You pay the monthly insurance contribution alone and directly to the Federal Employment Agency.

If you are employed abroad, you must not be on secondment. This means that you must not be working temporarily for a foreign company on behalf of your German employer. Otherwise you would continue to be subject to German social security regulations and voluntary continued insurance in unemployment insurance would not be possible.

If you are employed in another European country in addition to your job, the social security law there applies. It is then not possible to apply for compulsory insurance under German law.

Note: If you end your self-employment or employment abroad and make use of compulsory application insurance, you must make demonstrable efforts to find work again as quickly as possible.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)

Regensburger Straße 104
90478 Nürnberg
0800 45555-00
Remark: Service hotline of the Federal Employment Agency (toll-free)