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Frequently asked questions

I live and work for almost the whole of my life in the Republic of Austria, but in the past I have been working in the Slovak Republic for 9 years. Will I be entitled to the old-age pension under the Slovak legislation in the future or will you return me the pension insurance premiums paid?

You will be entitled to a Slovak old-age pension if you reach the retirement age (currently 62 years and 76 days) and you will reach 15 years of pension insurance period. In order to obtain the 15-year pension insurance period, the Social Insurance Agency will also take into account the period of insurance you have obtained under the legislation of the Republic of Austria. The old-age pension will be awarded to you in the amount corresponding to the period of the old-age insurance you have received under the legislation of the Slovak Republic.

For more detailed information about eligibility for the old-age pension in English, please visit the website of the Social Insurance Agency at http://www.socpoist.sk/old-age-pension-/51389s or in German at http://www.socpoist.sk/die-altersrente/51951s.

In conclusion, we are informing you that the legislation of the Slovak Republic does not allow the reimbursement of premiums paid for the pension insurance.

 

Please, advise me how should I apply for an old-age pension from the old-age insurance in the Slovak Republic? I am currently living in the Italian Republic and I have worked for 35 years in the Slovak Republic.

While you are living in the Italian Republic, you can apply for your Slovak old-age pension at a social insurance institution competent for your place of residence. If you state in your application that you have earned an old-age insurance period in the Slovak Republic, the Social Insurance Institution of the Republic of Italy will send your application to the Social Insurance Agency, which will decide on your claim for your Slovak old-age pension.

You can apply for your Slovak old-age pension regardless of whether you have fulfilled the conditions for entitlement to an Italian old-age pension.

You can also find information on how to claim a Slovak old-age pension on the website of the Social Insurance Agency in English at http://www.socpoist.sk/old-age-pension-/51389s or in German at http://www.socpoist.sk/die-altersrente/51951s.

 

I am a beneficiary of early old-age pension from May 15, 2017. I currently have an opportunity to work in the Czech Republic. Can I concurrently receive early old-age pension from the Slovak Republic and work in the Czech Republic?

The legislation of the Slovak Republic does not allow the simultaneous benefiting from the early old-age pension and employment in the Slovak Republic, in any state of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, or in a state with which the Slovak Republic has concluded a social security contract. This means that if you start working in the Czech Republic, your early old-age pension will be suspended.

 

I am living in Hungary and I am planning to apply simultaneously for my old-age pension from the Republic of Hungary and from the Slovak Republic on June 30, 2017.According to the legislation of the Slovak Republic I completed my retirement age on December 15, 2015. Since when will I be granted Slovak old-age pension? Can I be awarded Slovak old-age pension even retroactively?

While the legislation of the Slovak Republic allows to grant you a pension that is relevant to three years before you claimed your pension entitlement, you will be entitled to the payment of your old-age pension (assuming 15 years pension insurance period) back from December 15, 2015, if you indicate December 15, 2015 in your application, as the date since when you are claiming your old-age pension.

 

I am living in Hungary and worked on the territory of the Slovak Republic for 18 years. Can you calculate the amount of may old-age pension for the years worked on the territory of the Slovak Republic?

The Social Insurance Agency does not perform informative calculation of the amount of the pension, because the amount of your old-age pension can be determined only after reliable finding of all the facts necessary for calculating the amount of the pension, that is to say, after you submit your claim for the pension. The facts necessary for the determination of the amount of the old-age pension in a specific case shall determined by the Social Insurance Agency only during the proceedings on your entitlement to the old-age pension and its payment, which begins with your claim for the award of your old-age pension. Without a precise, thorough and reliable finding of he facts that are decisive for the determination of the amount of your old-age pension, it is not possible to determine (nor provisionally) the amount of the old-age pension reliably and precisely, so that the insuree could regulate his or her actions based on such information.

 

I will reach my retirement age of 62 years on July 13, 2018. However, from 2017, the retirement age is prolonged. How much longer will be my retirement age?

How much longer will be your retirement age in 2018 will be known by October 31, 2017 at the latest. Under the Social Insurance Act, not later than this date a measure of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic must be published in the Collection of Laws of the Slovak Republic to adjust the retirement age to 2018.

Your retirement age for 2017 was set by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic and is 62 years and 76 days.

The gradual adjustment of retirement age affects policyholders born after December 31, 1954, i.e., those who reach the age of 62 after December 31, 2016.However, the new method of determining the retirement age will apply neither to those women who are still subject to the provisions for the transitional period to reduce the retirement age depending on the number of children raised (depending on the number of children raised, this can apply to women born up to December 31, 1961), nor those insurees who are entitled to a reduced retirement age due to a certain number of years of work in I. working category, respectively. I./II. categories of functions.

 

Recently I returned from abroad where I was working for one year. I want to ask whether I should document this period of employment to the Social Insurance Agency, for example by submitting a contract of employment, or does the Social Insurance Agency register such time automatically?

For the purposes of assessing the possibility of recognition of a period of employment (insurance) abroad, it is important to distinguish, whether the employment was carried out in a state of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation or in the territory of another State. Furthermore, it is relevant whether or not the Slovak Republic has concluded a social security agreement with this other state or does not have such a contract. There is a different mode for each of these options.

If you have worked in one of the States of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation,, the acquisition of insurance periods is assessed and certified for retirement purposes by the competent social security institution of that State. The institution at the place of employment shall assess the periods of insurance completed under its own legislation and confirm its receipt on the prescribed form, E-Form or Structured Electronic Document (SED). Confirmation of insurance periods from the competent institution of that state shall be demanded by the Social Insurance Agency automatically if the insurer in relation to claiming his or her pension from the pension insurance in the Slovak Republic states that he or she was also insured in some of the states of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation (list of states Of the European Economic Area is published on the website of the Social Insurance Agency http://www.socpoist.sk/zakladne-informacie-o-pravach-a-povinnostiach-volne-sa-pohybujucich-osob-vyplyvajucich-z-nariadeni-eu/1571s#Z%C3%A1kladn%C3%A9+inform%C3%A1cie).

Therefore, if you have been employed in a country in the European Economic Area or in the Swiss Confederation, it is clear that there is no need for you to provide the Social Insurance Agency with a credible proof of the performance of your employment in that State.

If you worked in a state with which the Slovak Republic has a social security agreement closed (the list of such states is published on the website of the Social Insurance Agency http://www.socpoist.sk/medzinarodne-zmluvy/1550s?&lang=sk), the possibility of recognition of the periods of insurance completed in that State shall be governed by this Agreement. Some states require an employee to produce a valid document, which is also an employment contract for a period of employment. In principle, however, the procedure is the same as if it were one of the States of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation.

If you worked in a state with which the Slovak Republic has not any social security agreement closed such state is not a state of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, the period of your employment in that State recognized as a pension insurance period for the purposes of entitlement to a pension from the old-age insurance in the Slovak Republic on the basis of the employer's confirmation of the period of employment in that State before May 1, 1990.The period of employment in that State after April 30, 1990 shall be counted only if pension insurance premiums were paid for this period under the legislation of the Slovak Republic.

 

Please, advise me, where do I get information on eligibility for a pension in another EU country.

The most comprehensive information on pension insurance and on the conditions for entitlement to a pension can be obtained from the social security institution of the Member State concerned, to which you may contact in writing, by e-mail or by telephone. Information on the eligibility conditions for individual types of pension benefits can also be found on the website of the relevant institution. Such information is also available in most of the world languages (most often in English, German or French).

General information on eligibility conditions for individual types of pension benefits in individual Member States of the European Union and the addresses of relevant social security institutions can also be found on the European Commission's website http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=858&langId=sk.

 

Please, advise me, how should I apply for a Slovak pension if I left the Slovak Republic in 1986 and I am living in South Africa since then?

Persons with permanent residence outside the territory of the Slovak Republic should claim their pension in the headquarters of the Social Insurance Agency in Bratislava. You will fill in your claim for the pension together with our staff.

However, in order to simplify the whole procedure, the pension application can be submitted on the form “Application For A Pension For Persons Living Abroad”, which is published on the website of the Social Insurance Agency (http://www.socpoist.sk/ext_dok-ziadost-o-dochodok-pre-osoby-zijuce-v-cudzine/2350c). The form “Application For A Pension For Persons Living Abroad”, should be filled in exactly according to the instruction that forms part of it. The handwritten signature of the claimant, as well as copies of the documents attached to the application, must be officially verified (for example, at the representative office of the Slovak Republic or notary).

After being fully and accurately filled in according to the instruction, the application should be sent to the address of the Social Insurance Agency, Headquarters, Ul. 29 Augusta 8-10, 813 63 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.