Register as jobseeker Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

As an employee, you are legally obliged to register as a jobseeker with the Employment Agency at least 3 months before the end of your employment relationship. If you have learned of the end of your employment relationship less than 3 months beforehand, you must register as a jobseeker within 3 days. The same applies if you are undergoing external training and are subsequently threatened with unemployment. After you have registered as a jobseeker, the Employment Agency will support you in your search for a suitable job. In general, you should register as a jobseeker with the Employment Agency as early as possible if you have been dismissed, your fixed-term employment contract expires, you have concluded a termination agreement with your employer by mutual agreement, you are looking for work again after a long illness, school, vocational training or studies are coming to an end and you do not yet have a contractually fixed job or training place in prospect, you want to return to work after having raised children for a longer period of time, or you are looking for work for other reasons.

Identification document (identity card or passport and certificate of registration) when registering in person at the Federal Employment Agency. Registration before the online jobseeker registration on the website of the Federal Employment Agency


Forms: none Online procedure possible: yes (to meet deadline) Written form required: no Personal appearance required: yes

Related Links

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)
+49 911 179-0
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Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Arbeitnehmer-Hotline
+49 800 4555500

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Dienststellenfinder
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Preconditions
You are currently in a training or employment relationship that is about to end. You can also pursue employment subject to compulsory insurance for at least 15 hours per week thereafter.

Hints
The online display of the job-seeker notification is not in itself a legally effective job-seeker notification. It only serves to meet the deadline. The personal job-seeker notification must be made up for at the latest on the first day of unemployment.
You can register as a jobseeker with the Employment Agency online, in writing, by telephone or in person. If you do not register as a jobseeker in person at the Employment Agency, you must do so at a later date, at the latest on the first day of unemployment. In writing: Send an informal letter or fax to your local Employment Agency office or to the general address of the Employment Agency within the deadline. Tell them your name and address, the date when your employment ends and that you want to register as a jobseeker. The Employment Agency will then contact you about a counselling appointment. By phone: Call the service hotline within the deadline and tell them you want to register as a jobseeker. The Employment Agency will then arrange a counselling appointment with you. Online: Log on to the portal of the Employment Agency. Select there that you want to register as a job seeker. Fill in the specified fields. The Employment Agency will then contact you about a counselling appointment. In person: Within the deadline, go to the Employment Agency office responsible for you and register as a jobseeker there. If possible, you will be given a counselling interview as soon as possible. If this is not possible, you will receive a counselling appointment.

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Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Last update or date of publication
17.06.2020