Applying for Kindergeld at the Age of 18 – All You Need to Know
What is Kindergeld?
Kindergeld, or child benefit, is a social benefit provided by the German government to families with children. It is paid out to the parents or legal guardians of children between the ages of 0 and 18. The benefit is paid out on a monthly basis and is intended to help parents cover the costs of raising children.
Who is Eligible for Kindergeld?
In Germany, all parents or legal guardians of children between the ages of 0 and 18 are eligible for Kindergeld. The child must be a full-time resident in Germany and must not be in full-time employment or training. Additionally, the child must not have any other source of income and must not be subject to compulsory military service or otherwise subject to imprisonment.
Applying for Kindergeld at 18
When a child reaches the age of 18 they are still eligible to receive Kindergeld, however the application process is slightly different. At this age, the child must submit a written application to the relevant office. This application must include evidence of the child’s identity, such as a passport or ID card, as well as proof of residency in Germany. Furthermore, the child must provide evidence of their educational status, such as a school or university certificate.
How Much Kindergeld is Paid?
The amount of Kindergeld paid out depends on the age of the child. For children between the ages of 0 and 6, the benefit is paid out at a rate of €204 per month. For children between the ages of 6 and 18, the benefit is paid out at a rate of €210 per month. However, this amount is subject to change and may be increased or decreased at any time.
When is Kindergeld Paid?
Kindergeld is paid out on a monthly basis. To ensure that the benefit is paid out on time, parents or legal guardians must submit a completed application form to the relevant office by the last day of the month prior to the month in which the benefit is due. For example, if the benefit is due in June, the application must be submitted by the end of May.