How do I qualify for 'VDW Credits'?


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In order to qualify for ‘VDW Credits’ you must be a VDW as defined at Part 2.

You must also satisfy the following conditions:

General Conditions

You must:

  • be over 16 years of age
  • have been resident in this State immediately prior to taking up the employment
  • be employed under conditions of remuneration similar to local conditions applying in the developing country.

Contribution Conditions

You must have paid a minimum of 104 weeks PRSI at Class A since starting work.

If you have less than 104 Class A contributions paid then Comhlámh will pay Class A contributions to bring your total up to the required 104. After the outstanding number of contributions are paid, you will be awarded ‘VDW Credits’ for the remainder of your overseas assignment up to a limit of 5 years. (If you are a public servant, see Part 7.)

Points to Note

  • Where there are two consecutive Tax Years in which no contribution has been paid or credited immediately prior to you going abroad as a Volunteer Development Worker, Comhlámh will pay Class A contributions for the first 26 weeks of your assignment and you will be awarded ‘VDW Credits’ for the remainder of your assignment up to a limit of 5 years.
  • Members of Religious Orders whose work involves pastoral duties are not considered to be VDWs for the purpose of this scheme.
Last modified:23/11/2011