The allowance for the deceased’s spouse

  1. The right to a lump sum allowance for the deceased’s spouse shall be:
  • the pension recipient was registered in the marriage on the day of his death;
  • the spouse of the deceased at the time of death and the deceased were recipients of old age, invalidity or work record related pension;
  • the pension recipient died by 31 December 2018;
  • Request for granting allowance received within 6 months of death of the deceased spouse.

In the event of the death of the pension recipient, to the surviving spouse shall, on the basis of claim, be granted and paid a lump sum of two pensions of the deceased spouse.

In the event of death of the institution’s work record related pension recipient (Ministry of the Interior, prosecutors, judges, etc.), the surviving spouse’s allowance is paid in accordance with the relevant institution’s work record related pension law, i.e. the allowance is paid in the amount of two pensions of the deceased, if allowance requested within 12 months of the death of the deceased spouse (except in the event of the death of employees of security institutions or employees of the State Emergency Medical Service, then the allowance is paid if it has been requested within 6 months of the death of the pension recipient).

  1. From 1 January 2019, in the event of the death of the pension recipient, the surviving spouse shall be granted an allowance of 50 per cent of the deceased pension recipient’s pension (granted under the Law „On State Pensions”), including a pension supplement (if any).

Entitlement to allowance is twelve months from the date of death of the pensioner if the application is made within six months of the date of death of the pension recipient. If the application is filed later, the entitlement to the allowance will be incurred no earlier than six months prior to the date of filing of the application and shall not exceed twelve months from the date of death of the pension recipient.

  1. The right to the allowance for the deceased’s spouse shall be, if:
  • the pension recipient was registered in the marriage on the day of his death;
  • the pension recipient at the time of death was recipient of old age, invalidity, survivor’s or work record related (according to Decree No 104 “Regulations on Retirement Pensions” or Decision No 34 “On the Regulations on the Ranking of Employees of Domestic Institutions and Commanding Staff (Employer’s Pensions)”) pension;
  • deceased’s spouse receives Latvian old age, invalidity, work record related or special state pension;
  • the pension recipient died after 1 January 2019;

The allowance is granted in acordance with:

Claiming an allowance The following application or free-form request must be submitted for claim:

An application for the allowance, death certificate and marriage certificate should be submitted when applying for the allowance for the deceased’s spouse.

The documents may be submitted to any division of the SSIA:

  • in person or in electronic form, in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding the drawing up of electronic documents;
  • by post or by submitting by an authorized person;
  • in united State and municipal customer service centers with which the SSIA has an agreement;
  • completing the E-application on the Single State and Local Government Portal www.latvija.lv.

An identity document should be presented upon request of the allowance.

The allowance shall be transferred to the account of credit institution in the Republic of Latvia, in the postal settlement system (PNS) or delivered at the place of residence in Latvia for a fee.

Published date: [04.01.2019]