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  1. Hi all,     I might have a kind of similar situation to other cases however I couldn’t clarify some of my questions by reading all relevant topics in this great mine of information forum.   I am a Blue Card holder and been working in Germany for 1 year and 7 months with a 2 year contract in IT field. Last week for some business reasons I was dismissed from my job and notified that my contract is terminated by the end of November. (as per my contract stated) At the moment I have started to look for a new job and I strongly believe that I could find one in a few months. My 3 questions start at this point.       - Should I notify ABH as soon as possible or should I wait until the end of November? And my 3 months period starts from December accordingly, correct?     - Should I apply for the unemployment benefits? As far as I know, once you apply it takes a couple of months to start receiving money. What happens if I find a job meanwhile. And if I benefit from this aid, does it increase my future Arbeitslosengeld contributions?     - Even if I find a job soon I am planning to give a break and sign a contract as it starts from the beginning of 2018. In this regard, am I obligated to pay statutory health insurance for December myself? (I was paying it also for my wife since she is unemployed)       Thanks for your answers in advance and have a great day!
  2. Hi, I would like to stop the unemployment benefit that I've been receiving to take time out from the job market. I understand I would still need to fund my health insurance. But would I still need to pay into the state pension?   Could anyone please refer me to where I can find more information? I've read a lot about what happens to my pension while the Jobcenter is paying benefits, but nothing about what I need to pay on pension if I choose to opt out of the ALG.   Thanks!
  3. Unemployment and health insurance

    Hello,   I have a TVL-14 contract (and residence permit + blue card eligibility zusatzblatt) valid until July 31, 2019.  I am single and am not yet 50 (or is it 55) years old.   As per the informal agreement with my employer prior to the creation of this contract, I am leaving the job on April 30, 2019 and will switch to a (tax-free) fellowship as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck for 3 months. I will sign a winding-up contract with my current employer for this. As of now, I plan to leave Germany at the end of July, but this is not 100 % certain.   1) If I leave the job, am I technically unemployed ? Can I register at the unemployment bureau ? Of course, I will inform them that I am taking up the fellowship at the Max Planck..    2) One main thing I will lose is my private Debeka health insurance, since it will become too expensive for me to maintain on my own (without an employer's contribution). TKK refused me before (long story involving 9 months on a salary and TKK when I arrived, followed by a fellowship and cheap private health insurance, and then a salary again and Debeka because TKK refused). But TKK did say that if I lost my job, I could switch to TKK. So question 1 is related to this...    3) If I cannot go back to TKK, I have to find a cheaper private insurance. Any suggestions ? I guess there is always Mawista, but I would like to have the option of TKK if possible.   Thanks !      
  4. Hi all,   I want to start self-employment as a side job to my part time job. Could somebody advice me with the questions below. Since it's a very specific case, I could not find any answers: Do you get unemployment benefits in Germany if you lose your job but you are self-employed at that time? If yes, is there a limit of how much you can earn from self-employment?   Please let me know if there is anything else to be aware when having a part time self employment next to your job - really appreciate.    Thank you!
  5. Hi everyone!   First of all, I would like to apologize if those question has already been posted on Toytown. I searched multiple times but didn't find any answer.   I was receiving money from the Agentur für Arbeit during the 4 first month of the year 2018. I then started a new job in Mai 2018 for which I am still working until the 15th of January 2019 before definitely leaving Germany 5 days after.    My questions are the following :  - Is there anything special I should notify in my tax returns of 2018 concerning my unemployment ? - Is there other taxs I can get back because of my departure from Germany ? (I will be living in Germany for 2 years and 8 months and will not come back)    Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post.   I wish you a lovely evening.   Kindest regards.