Work Record Related Pensions

Persons employed in certain professions whose further work is related to the loss of professional skills or social danger after working a certain amount of time in the profession, have the right to receive a service pension.

Service pensions are granted:

  1. In compliance with the “Regulation on Service pensions”:
  • To transport employees (aviation, railway, public transport, sea and river transport);
  • To creative employees (from the circus, opera, ballet etc.)

If the following requirements are met:

  • The persona has worked for ¾ of the time defined in the “Regulation on service pensions” before January 1st, 1999;
  • A certain age has been reached (for certain categories);
  • The person is no longer employed in the profession which provided entitlement to the service pension;
  • Resides in Latvia.

When applying for the service pension, the claimant has to submit the following:

  • An application for the granting of the pension;
  • A reference from the employed about the fact that the work of the employee corresponds to the professions defined in the “Regulation on Service pensions”;
  • A document which certifies that the person is no longer employed in the profession which provided entitlement to the service pension;
  • A work record card and any other documents which certify the length of insurance.

Service pension is granted and calculated in compliance with the “State Pension Law” and the “Regulation on Service pensions”, taking into account the claimants:

  • Accumulated pension capital during the time period from January 1st, 1996 until the month when the pension is granted;
  • Average insurance contribution wage during the time period from 1996 until 1999 (including);
  • Length of insurance until 1996.
  1. In compliance with laws on service pensions:
  • Judges;
  • Attorneys;
  • Diplomats;
  • Officials from theCorruption Prevention and Combating Bureau;
  • Employees with special service ranks who were employed in any institution of the Ministry of Interior or the Latvian Prison Administration;
  • Artists of state and local government professional orchestras, choirs, concert organizations, theatres and the circus
  • Officials of the state security agencies
  • Workers of the emergency medical service

If the following requirements are met:

  • The person has been employed in the profession which provided entitlement to the service pension, for the time defined in the laws of service pensions;
  • A certain age has been reached;
  • The person is no longer employed in the profession which provided entitlement to the service pension.

When applying for the service pension the claimant has to submit the following:

  • An application for the granting of the pension;
  • A reference from the employer certifying the service periods, if available;
  • A reference from the employer certifying the claimants dismissal from work and wages, if available;
  • A work record card and other documents certifying the length of insurance.

Service pension is granted and calculatedin compliance with  “Law on Service pensions for employees with special service ranks of the Ministry of Interior”, “Law on Service pensions for judges”, “Law on Service pensions for attorneys”, “Law on Service pensions for diplomats”, “Law on Service pensions for officials of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau”, “Law on Service pensions for artists of state and local government orchestras, choirs, concert organizations, theatres and the circus ” and the “Law on creating work benefits for ballet artists”, “Law on Service Pension for Officials of State Security Institutions”, “Law on Service Pension for State Emergency Medical Service of Employees Involved in Emergency Medical Service Providing”.

Service pension is calculated taking into account the claimants:

  • Accumulated service period;
  • Average monthly wage for the last five (three) years.

Documents can be submitted in any local SSIA office.

When applying for the pension personal ID needs to be presented.

It is the responsibility of the service pensions’ beneficiary to inform the SSIA within ten days when starting employment in a profession which provided entitlement to service pensions.

In compliance with Article 3 (14th point in the third part), Article 8 (10th point in the third part), Articles 12 and 13 of the “Income Tax Law”Income tax is deducted from service pensions.

Service pensions can be received at the place of residence, in the beneficiary’s bank account or by the postal account system (PNS).

Delivering a service pension to the place of residence is a charged service and currently the price is 2,39 euro.

Payment of the service pension to persons who are permanently moving to a foreign country

For persons who are permanently moving to a foreign country that is outside of the EU/EEA memberstates and with whom the Republic of Latvia has not signed an agreement in the social security field, pensions granted in the Republic of Latvia can be continued to be paid to a bank account in Latvia. In this case, it is necessary for the concerned person to contact the SSIA (Social Security Insurance Agency) department prior to leaving, he/she should provide personal ID, submit a claim for continued payment of their pension, specify the bank account of the credit institution in Latvia, as well as specify his/her new address of residence. If the concerned person has already moved to a foreign country and wishes to continue receiving their pension in Latvia, the previously stated documents should be sent by mail or submitted by the mediation of an authorized person, attaching to the claim a notarial certification (prepared no later than one month before submitting the claim) which testifies that the recipient of the pension is alive.

Henceforth, any person that is living in a foreign country and receiving a Latvian pension, will have to submit to the SSIA department (each year during the period 1st of October – 15th of December) a written claim for continued payment of a pension, sending it by mail or submitting it by the mediation of an authorized person. A notarial certification (prepared no later than one month before submitting the claim) which testifies that the recipient of the pension is alive has to be attached to the claim.

When submitting documents issued in foreign countries, they have to be formatted accordingly to the rules of document validation. If the document has been issued in a foreign language, a translation of the document might be necessary.

A claim for continued payment of a pension can also be submitted personally in the SSIA department, upon presenting personal ID. In this case, it is not necessary to present a notarial certification which testifies that the recipient of the pension is alive.

 

Published date: [25.04.2018]