Compulsory insurance relationship on application in unemployment insurance Approval

Service Description

Under certain conditions, you can apply for compulsory unemployment insurance so that you can receive unemployment benefits if you should become unemployed at a later date. You are eligible for 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 more than 3 years old on parental leave, or
  • are undergoing further professional training and thereby
    • are able to advance professionally, or
    • are awarded a vocational 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 your self-employment and the following calendar year, you pay only half the contribution.
  • EUR 88.27 for foreign employees
  • 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, there must be no posting. In other words, 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 insurance law in that country applies. It is then not possible to apply for compulsory insurance under German law.

Note: If you terminate your self-employment or employment abroad and claim 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)