Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Germany - "Habitual residence"

Is my "normal place of residence" in Germany?

Having your "habitual residence" in Germany means that a person’s circumstances suggest that they are here not only on a temporary basis.

Determining whether someone has their habitual residence in Germany depends on the following:

The duration and continuity with which a person lives in Germany or another country and has registered their residence

  • Duration and purpose of absences from Germany
  • Living situation
  • Type and scope of professional activity
  • The geographical focus of their personal interests
  • The person's future interests and intentions as can be determined from their circumstances

To apply for the following social welfare benefits in Germany, you must have your habitual residence in Germany:

  • Unemployment benefit I and II
  • Parental allowance
  • Benefits for children and young people
  • Housing subsidy
  • Income support
  • Benefits from the state health and nursing care insurance

Normal residence in Germany (see above)

Having your "habitual residence" in Germany means that a person’s circumstances suggest that they are here not only on a temporary basis.

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European Commission website

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=849&langId=en

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