ALG I is a temporary jobseekers allowance which compensates for the loss of income after a fixed-term contract of employment ends or if an open-ended contract of employment was terminated by your employer. It amounts to 60% of your average income over the past 12 months and is payable only if your income was liable to social insurance deductions for a minimum period of time.
ALG I is not harmful to your residence permit, if your income is still deemed sufficient to sustain yourself (and any dependents) in the view of the Immigration office. If your ALG I income is deemed insufficient, the Federal Employment Agency will suggest that you apply for ALG II (see below) to close the gap. However, this should not be attempted if you are on a temporary residence permit.
Note that you are required by law to report your impending jobseeker’s status to the Federal Employment Agency 3 months before your contract of employment ends (or within 3 days of learning about your employment’s termination), whether you consider applying for ALG I or not. In addition, you must register as unemployed in person – at the latest on the first day of unemployment – to secure an entitlement to ALG I. ALG I will not be paid for some time if you are late to report as unemployed or if you terminate your contract rather than the employer.
To keep to the deadlines, to determine whether an ALG I application makes sense for your circumstances and whether your income from ALG I will suffice, please consult us as early as possible and at the very latest 3 full months before your current employment ends.