How and where do I submit the Hartz 4 application?
In principle, benefits cannot be granted without the Arbeitslosengeld II application. The benefits for entitled people is always paid from the month of the application. For this, an informal application must be submitted to the jobcenter or a personal interview with the responsible employee must take place. In this way, the beneficiary can complete the Hartz IV application and the necessary forms at home and get the performance retroactively until the day of the informal recording. Without an application, Arbeitslosengeld II will not be paid retroactively.
Each applicant has the right to take a person of trust with him to the interview with the clerk or at the office.
There are two ways to apply for benefits:
- You can download the application on this page and send it to the job center responsible for you.
- You can visit the responsible job center and apply for the services in a personal interview with the employee.
Tip: To avoid misunderstandings, you should pay attention to the date of the application. This is possible by means of an entry stamp on the relevant form, copies signed by the administrator or by registered post.
When the application is submitted, an initial intake of the living conditions and the recording of the personal data takes place. A BG number (need group number) is then assigned, under which the applicant is guided to the responsible job center. In order to check the right to basic insurance, additional information can be obtained through forms from the job center. These should be submitted until the deadline for processing. As a rule, an appointment with the administrator is agreed upon, with all the documents being brought along.
In order to include persons entitled to the right of performance into the labor market again, applicants also receive an appointment with an employment agent.
Missed dates or late filed documents do not constitute grounds for refusal. The Jobcenter has a duty to the claimant and has to notify the recipient of benefits twice before rejecting benefits due to unreasonable delays.
It is only after receiving all the necessary documents and the examination of the life situation by the cost bearer that financial aid can be provided.
Processing time of the Hartz IV application
The processing time of the Hartz IV application will vary depending on the location, the workload of the clerks, the number of applications in the job center and, ultimately, the applicant’s work and the completeness of the application documents. Therefore, it can not be said on a general basis how long the duration of the work in the individual case lasts. Thus, it is possible that the application takes only a few days or alternatively, weeks. But even several months can pass from the application to the decision. In some cases, people in need of help in large cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne have to wait for their decision for more than three months.
According to the legislature, the Jobcenter has to decide on an application (either positive or negative) within six months according to § 88 para 1 SGG. Only after the expiry of this period can an action for inaction be lodged. In the case of the processing period of inconsistencies, the deadline pursuant to Section 88 (2) shall be three months.
Note: Repeating applications or follow-up applications (after 12 months) are usually processed more quickly than initial applications. The reason for this is that the first application must record all data for the first time and have to be entered into the software of the authority. In the case of a subsequent application, it is merely necessary to check whether the need for assistance and the associated requirement for the Hartz IV reference are still given, subject to the corresponding certificates (eg application for further authorization).
When will the benefits be paid after receipt of the permit?
Irrespective of the receipt of the decision, the Bundeskasse is instructed, after approval by the administrator, to pay the benefits to the beneficiary. This processing by the Federal Treasury usually takes between 3 and 5 days, so that the first payment is usually received shortly after receipt of the approval certificate.
The monthly payments are then made in advance on the nationwide Hartz IV payment dates.
The decision on the right to basic services
The decision about the Hartz IV application and any subsequent amendment is distributed by the responsible job center in writing. A written notification will be given to applicants, among others:
- If your request is met,
- If your request can not or can not be fully met,
- If the performance changes or
- If you have received the service wrongly and you must pay it back.
What information does the decision contain?
You can, for example, obtain the following information from the license:
- The members of the Community of Needs,
- The amount of benefits,
- The period of authorization,
- The calculation overview,
- The bank account,
- Health insurance and long – term care insurance as well
- The remedy.
Objection to the decision
If the applicant has an objection to the decisions or individual points of the job center, he or she may object to the decision within one month.