Registration as a job seeker with the Federal Employment Agency

You should contact the Federal Employment Agency as soon as possible if

  • you are threatened by termination of your present employment,
  • your fixed-term employment contract expires,
  • you are looking for work again after a longer period of illness,
  • you are about to complete school, vocational training or a course of study and have no job prospect yet,
  • you want to return to work after a long period of raising children,
  • you are looking for a job for other reasons.

The sooner you submit your registration, the sooner the Federal Employment Agency can help you find a new job.

Legal obligation to register

Employees and trainees are legally obliged to report to the Federal Employment Agency at least three months before the end of their employment or training relationship.

If you learn that your employment or training will end in fewer than three months, you must submit the registration within three days of being informed of the date of termination.

Note: The obligation to register as a job seeker also applies if you take legal action against the termination and hope for continued employment.

Registration by letter, online or by telephone

Early registration as a job seeker is possible by telephone, in writing (letter, fax, email) or online via the Internet platform "Jobbörse".

To register by telephone, the Federal Employment Agency's uniform nationwide telephone number is available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: free service number 0800 455 5500.

Please send your written registration as a job seeker to the responsible local office of the Federal Employment Agency, stating your personal data and the termination date of your present employment contract.

Onlineantrag und Formulare

Hinweis: Sobald Sie eine Postleitzahl oder einen Ort angegeben haben, können wir Ihnen an dieser Stelle den Onlineantrag und die Formulare der zuständigen Stelle anzeigen. Ort angeben

Zuständige Stelle

Federal Employment Agency

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Warum soll ich einen Ort angeben?
Mit Hilfe der Ortsangabe können wir die für Sie passenden Informationen, Formulare, Dienste und Ihre zuständige Stelle anzeigen.
Welchen Ort soll ich angeben?
Zum Beispiel Ihren Wohnort, wenn Sie einen Reisepass beantragen wollen oder den Unternehmensstandort, wenn Sie ein Gewerbe anmelden möchten.

Service details


  • You have been given notice of your termination.
  • Your fixed-term employment contract will not be extended.
  • You are of working age.
  • You are available for job placement. (You are able to take up reasonable employment – that is subject to social insurance – for a minimum of 15 hours per week).
  • You are considered to be fit to work (erwerbsfähig) when you are between 16 and 67 years old.
  • You are considered to be able to work (arbeitsfähig) if you are available to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week.


  • If you have registered as a job seeker, you will receive a personal appointment with your job consultant at the responsible Federal Employment Agency office in due course.
  • While your employment is still ongoing, your applicant profile will already be created in a personal interview with you.
  • From this point in time, the Federal Employment Agency will be able to send you suitable placement proposals.
  • In any case, become active yourself even before you become unemployed and avail yourself of the opportunity to get advice on the support offered by the Federal Employment Agency.
Attention! If you do not show up for the initial appointment without an important reason, you will be deregistered from the job placement services, as the Federal Employment Agency cannot gather the information necessary for suitable placements.

Required documents

  • Valid identity card or valid passport and current registration certificate, if applicable proof of residential status
  • Pension insurance number
  • Employment contract, training contract
  • Letter of termination
  • Your CV


  • In the event of having been given notice of termination: within 3 days
  • In other cases: at least three months before the date of termination of the present employment

Legal basis

  • § 2 Sozialgesetzbuch Drittes Buch (SBG III) - Zusammenwirken mit den Agenturen für Arbeit
  • § 38 SGB III - Rechte und Pflichten der Ausbildung- und Arbeitsuchenden
  • § 141 SGB III - Persönliche Arbeitslosmeldung

Release note

Saxon State Chancellery, Editorial Office Amt 24 (Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs).26.05.2020