You can apply for unemployment benefits online or in person. To apply online, go to the online portal "eServices" of the Federal Employment Agency and click on the tile "Arbeitslosengeld beantragen" (apply for unemployment benefit). Please note that in this case, too, you must register for unemployment in person in order to receive unemployment benefits. To apply in person, contact your local employment agency. You will usually receive the application form and, if necessary, other documents (so-called "supplementary sheets") when you register for unemployment in person. The Employment Agency will check your entitlement to unemployment benefit. If your application documents or other reasons do not yet permit a final decision, the Employment Agency can grant you an advance payment on application, provided that a claim to benefits exists on the merits. You will receive a written decision by post about the approval of benefits, stating the amount and duration of your entitlement to unemployment benefit. You can also receive the notice online by selecting the appropriate notification option in your online profile. Unemployment benefits will be paid monthly in arrears, free of charge, to the account you specify. This means that the benefit for the current month will be paid at the end of the month. In case of financial difficulties, this principle can be deviated from upon application. Ask your agency about this. In exceptional cases, you can have your unemployment benefit paid by cheque. You can submit the "payment order for clearing" sent to you by post to your financial institution for credit within one month or have the amount paid out to yourself (or to a person commissioned by you) in cash at any Deutsche Post or Deutsche Postbank payment office. However, this will incur additional costs.