Symbolic image: Child Benefit in Hamburg, Germany

Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Hamburg Welcome Portal Child Benefit

All children from birth up to the age of 18 years are entitled to receiving child benefit.

Child Benefit - Hamburg Welcome Portal

To help families deal with the extra costs of having children, the German state provides caregivers with a monthly stipend (Kindergeld) for every child under the age of 18. This child benefit may continue up to the age of 25 if the child is pursuing higher education.

Who can receive child benefit?

  • Citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland
  • Citizens of Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey who pay social insurance contributions, receive unemployment or sickness benefit.
  • Citizens of other countries with an unlimited residence permit or a residence permit with a permission to work without restriction.
  • Recognised refugees and persons admitted for asylum.

Note: Only one person can ever receive child benefit for the one and same child. It can be paid to parents, grandparents or foster parents. The tax identification number of the person entitled to child benefit as well as the child’s tax identification number is required for the application. This is to ensure that the child benefit is paid only once per child.

How much is child benefit?

With effect from January 2018, child benefit will be paid monthly in the following amounts:

  • for the first two children EUR 194 each
  • for the third child EUR 200
  • for every further child EUR 225

When does child benefit end?

Normally, child benefit ends at the end of the month in which the child reaches the 18th birthday. Under certain conditions, child benefit can be paid until the age of 25, e.g. if the child is enroled in school education, vocational training or higher education or is seeking placement in vocational training/higher education.

Information and application

You can apply for child benefit online (only in German) or at the local Familienkasse authorities.

Contact:

Familienkasse Nord
Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 16
20097 Hamburg

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
For employed persons: Thursday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Phone: 0800 4 5555 30 (free of charge)
Email: Familienkasse-Nord@arbeitsagentur.de
Internet: www.familienkasse.de​​​​​​​