Meeting the criteria
Not every foreigner can claim these benefits. They must meet certain criteria first.
Applicants have to prove they are living in Germany legally. To do this, foreigner citizens have to present their residence permit to the job center, the agency handling the entire Hartz IV procedure.
Those who reach Germany as refugees initially receive benefits under the Asylum-Seekers' Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz). They can file for benefits with the job-center only after they have been officially permitted to stay in the country.
An applicant's claim will only be successful if they can prove they are in need of assistance. The Hartz IV law defines a person "in need of assistance" (hilfebedürftig) if they cannot provide their own living from their income, assets or with the help of a relative.
You don't have to be unemployed to be eligible. You may be employed but in a low-income job, which is usually considered as a job that does not pay more than 450 euros.
Foreigners also have to prove they are not just in Germany for a short period of time, for example, as a tourist. The "principal residence" must be in Germany. This status, which is also the basis for many legal considerations, is one of the criteria for claiming Hartz IV.
Citizens of other EU states who do not legally require a resident's permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung) have to present a tenancy agreement, their registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung) and a form of personal identification to the job center.
Some people do not qualify automatically, for example those who have come to Germany to look for work cannot apply for benefits
Bron:https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/8707/soc ... o-hartz-iv
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