Does social insurance outside Ireland count?


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If you do not qualify for a Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension on Irish contributions alone, contributions paid in certain countries can be used to help you qualify for a reduced Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension from Ireland.

These are countries that:

  • are covered by EU Regulations, or
  • have a Bilateral Social Security Agreement with Ireland.

These may help you qualify for a reduced Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension from Ireland. You may also qualify for a pension from that other country. You should give details on your application form of any employment or periods of residence by either you or your late spouse/civil partner in the countries listed below. We will send the relevant papers, on your behalf, to the relevant social security authority in the country or countries concerned.

The countries covered by either EC Regulations or under a Bilateral Agreement are:
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Channel Islands
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus (Cyprus South)
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • the Netherlands
  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States of America

They will also be able to decide whether they can pay you a pension.

Last modified:10/01/2011
 

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