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Elterngeld (translated literally from German as parents' money), is a tax-financed payment for couples to encourage them to become parents, which pays an amount of money to support the costs of bringing up a child.

This allowance is applicable to child born after 1 January 2007.

Allowance Limits

Amount ranges from 7,200 euros per annum for up to one year, rising to 25,200 euros (two-thirds of their former salary) for up to one year per child born

Minimum amount:  Euro 300

Maximum amount: Euro 1800

Calculation method : 67 percent of the average monthly income and not more than 1800 Euro. The last 12 months prior to the birth are taken into account for measuring the average monthly income

Eligibility criteria

  • Possession of either a settlement permit or
  • A residence permit that permits employment

unless the residence permit for the purpose of employment (§ 18 II AufenthG) has been issued for a maximum period. According to the "Beschäftigungsverordnung" this restriction is only the case for certain jobs.

Official website

Procedure to claim

Please refer to forms on official website.

Where to submit Application form

The offices are different based on date of birth of the child. e.g. if date of birth is between 11 to 20 of the month then application needs to be submitted at following office for Munich city residents.

Bayerstraße 32,
80335 München,
Tel. 0 89/5143 - 459 / 460,
Fax 0 89/5143 - 494 / 495

See the complete list of offices in Germany at:,did=88966.html