Some of the most important things you'll need to do include officially deregistering your residence (Abmeldung) and terminating various contracts, such as your health insurance, internet, electricity, gas and mobile phone contracts. You may also want to set up a mail forwarding order, deregister your vehicle and business, and please also keep in mind to stop paying the German broadcasting fees (GEZ) and child benefits.Read MoreAbmeldung: How to deregister in Germany
The pension system in Germany is specifically designed to provide financial support to retirees to ensure a comfortable standard of living during their retirement years. This comprehensive system consists of several elements, including the state pension, occupational pension and private pension schemes.Read MoreState pensions & retirement age in Germany
The process of contribution refund is quite complicated and lengthy. First, you should be 100% sure you are qualified to receive your pension contributions; otherwise, you'll be putting in a lot of effort for nothing.Read MoreHow to claim my German pension refund step by step?
It is indeed possible to get a refund of your pension contributions when you leave Germany, provided you meet certain requirements. Here are the details: If you have been employed in Germany and have made contributions to the statutory pension insurance, you can apply for a refund under specific conditions.Read MoreWho can get a pension refund on leaving Germany
It's crucial to note that once you've received a refund of your contributions, your affiliation with the German state pension insurance scheme is completely terminated. Because of this, it's essential to seek comprehensive advice before requesting a pension refund in the first place, as, for people wanting to return to Germany, awaiting a future pension might prove more advantageous.Read MoreReturn to Germany after receiving a Pension Refund
Voluntary payments into the pension insurance scheme offer an opportunity here to proactively close "pension gaps". Each additional payment increases pension entitlements and thus improves financial security in old age. This not only enables a carefree life in retirement, but also provides the security of being financially independent and self-determined in old age.Read MoreVoluntary pension contribution germany
The survivor's pension in Germany is a financial support designed to provide security for the next of kin of a deceased pensioner. It is based on a fixed percentage of the pension that the deceased received or should have received. The exact amount of this pension is tied to similar criteria as the deceased's retirement pension.Read MoreGerman widow’s pension & survivor benefits
Every year, thousands of Americans who work in Germany automatically pay social taxes in Germany. These taxes work a little bit like a bank account. When you return to the U.S., you can either cash it out or get a retirement pension.Read MoreThe impact of your German pension entitlement to your U.S. benefits