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Eine junge Frau läuft mit einem Kind auf dem Arm einen Weg entlang. Im anderen Arm trägt sie einen Block. Sie hat einen kleinen Rucksack auf dem Rücken. Hinter ihr laufen zwei junge Männer und eine junge Frau. Alle lachen.

Information on child benefit may be of interest to you because:

  • your parents can receive child benefit for you up to the age of 25 if you are still in education or training
  • you may be able to claim child benefit for yourself if your parents do not support you
  • you may be entitled to child benefit for your own child

Parents are entitled to child benefit if they have their residence or habitual abode in Germany. It is independent of the parents' income.

  • Only one person can receive child benefit for the same child.
  • Child benefit is regulated by law in the Income Tax Act (EStG) and the Federal Child Benefit Act (BKGG).
  • Child benefit can also be applied for and claimed by students with a residence permit according to §16 Residence Act if they are gainfully employed (e.g. mini-job)!

Child benefit must be applied for in writing at the family benefits office of the employment agency. It is paid from the month in which the eligibility requirements were met for at least one day, after receipt of the written application retroactively for a maximum of six months. Application forms are available in German and English.

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