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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

According to the Residence Act, you are entitled to financial support. This includes accommodation and money for food, clothing, etc, along with pocket money. If you move into your own apartment, you can also get additional financial support for furnishing the apartment.

Important: Even if you do not currently have a residence permit and are not yet registered, the Federal Ministry of the Interior states that you are already entitled to accommodation, food, and medical care.

You must apply for this assistance from the social welfare office (โ€œSozialamtโ€) mceclip0.png.
For more information please visit Handbook Germany mceclip0.png.

From June 1, Ukrainians in Germany receive Hartz IV basic unemployment benefit in the amount of 449 euros.

The Federal Ministry of Labor is implementing a project that will increase unemployment benefits for single adults and single parents by โ‚ฌ53.

The amount of payments for socially vulnerable categories of the population:

  • adults - 451 euros;
  • children 14-17 years old - 420 euros;
  • children 6-13 years old - 348 euros;
  • children under 5 years old - 318 euros.
How do I set up a bank account?

You can open a bank account at the bank or - in most banks - online. The Ukrainian ID card is valid in Germany as a substitute for a passport until February 23, 2023. That means if you do not have a passport but can present your Ukrainian ID card, you are also allowed to open an account.

If you speak little or no German or English, an interpreter is recommended. Do not sign anything you have not understood. If you would like to receive counseling, you can contact the consumer advice centers (Verbraucherzentralen). The staff there will advise you free of charge. You can find your local consumer advice center at verbraucherzentrale.de. Please note: The employees speak German and only occasionally other languages.

You are free to decide which bank you open your account with. Make sure that you can withdraw money free of charge. And be sure to compare the fees for account management. These vary greatly from bank to bank.

A bank account is very important in Germany. You need it to pay rent, electricity, gas and bills, for example. If you have a job, your salary will be transferred to your account. And also the social welfare office can transfer the financial support directly to your account. That way you won't have to go to the social welfare office and collect the money there.

Documents required by some of the biggest banks (as indicated here mceclip0.png):

Deutsche Bank

Documents. Ukrainian identity card and all. You do not even need to confirm the official registration - just indicate in the questionnaire the address of temporary housing or something.

Account opening procedure. Contacts: www.deutsche-bank.de mceclip0.png.

Terms. Monthly fee canceled. The commission on transfers to Ukraine is not taken.

Postbank

Documents. Opening a basic account requires a Ukrainian identity card. Official registration is also not required - specify the postal address of temporary residence.

Account opening procedure. Contacts: www.postbank.de mceclip0.png.

Terms. The commission for using the account is not charged. Payments to Ukraine are free.

Commerzbank

Documents. Opening an account under a simplified procedure. At least a national identity card is required.

Account opening procedure. Contacts and conditions: www.commerzbank.com mceclip0.png.

Ostdeutscher Sparkkassenverband (OSV)

Documents. Identity card with photo.

Account opening procedure. You will receive the contract and current account number immediately. Within two weeks, the PIN code is first sent to the Girocard, and in a few days - the card itself. Addresses of branches.

Terms. Booklet in Ukrainian with all information on conditions, opening procedures, etc.

How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

You can withdraw cash at cashmashines or at the bank. You can exchange the currencies at any bank.

Refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine can exchange hryvnia banknotes into euro in Germany from 24 May 2022. Refugees of legal age can convert a total of up to 10,000 hryvnias per person into euro at a participating German bank or savings bank, provided they have an account at said bank or savings bank. Banknotes in denominations of 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 hryvnias belonging to the current banknote series issued by the National Bank of Ukraine will be accepted. The exchange rate at which the Bundesbank purchases the hryvnias from credit institutions and later uses as a basis when returning them to the National Bank of Ukraine will be published each Friday at 14:00 on this website mceclip0.png.

The individual exchange transactions will be recorded in an online application operated by the European Central Bank to ensure that the exchange limit per person is not exceeded. The identity of each refugee wishing to participate in the exchange scheme will be registered and checked, with the same documents being accepted as when opening a basic payment account for refugees from war-affected territories in Ukraine. Data protection requirements will be adhered to in the process.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

The tax office will assign you a tax number. In the case of employment, taxes are deducted directly from wages.

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

You can live in Germany and work remotely if complying with all residence and work permit rules. However, for a stay shorter than 90 days, none or only limited restrictions apply, hence, one can perform a remote job from Germany. But it is best to check with German tax experts based on your specific circumstances.

How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from Germany to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.
For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, MoneyGram, Wise) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.