Is it allowed to go on vacation while one is unemployed? Of course it is, but only 3 weeks a year. It means that 21 calendar days per year are permitted. The Jobcenter counts the weekends, too. The Jobcenter calls this absence of location (“Ortsabwesenheit”). It must be applied for beforehand. If you apply for a holiday from Monday to Friday, you must be back on Friday evening and register at the Jobcenter the next day. Otherwise the Jobcenter will reduce the benefit.
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What is Erstausstattung and where do you apply for it?
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Erstausstattung is a legal term used by German Jobcenters. If you’re moving from an asylum seekers accommodation to your first own apartment you can send an application form to the Jobcenter for basic items that you need in your apartment.
Each family member that lives with you in your apartment can apply for those basic items. Or you can send one application form for your whole family. Please keep in mind that you can only apply once for the Erstausstattung and not a second time. So if you move again you cannot apply again.