Determined to cooperate in the field of social security, contributions paid in countries with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement cover only certain long-term payments. These include: 4 Unless disclosure is required by the laws of a Party, any information about a person transmitted by the other Party to that Party pursuant to this Agreement will be confidential and may only be used for the purpose of implementing this Agreement and the legislation to which this Agreement applies. This document covers the highlights of the agreement and explains how it can help you while you work and when you apply for benefits. To learn more about U.S. Social Security benefits or to get information about applying for benefits, contact a U.S. Social Security office. If you live outside the United States, write to: Under these agreements, Australia equates periods of social security/residence in these countries with periods of Australian residence to meet minimum periods of eligibility for Australian pensions. Other countries generally count periods of Australian working life as social security periods to meet their minimum payment deadline. As a rule, each country pays a partial pension to a person who has lived in both countries. 3 Notwithstanding paragraph 2, this Agreement shall also apply to the extension of a Party`s legislation to new categories of beneficiaries or to new benefits, unless that Party notifies the other Party, within three months of the entry into force of that legislation, that the Agreement does not apply to new categories of beneficiaries or new benefits. The EU/EEA countries covered by this Regulation are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man – see ”Bilateral Agreements”). Social security agreements” below).
Note: In agreements with Austria, Australia, Canada, Quebec and the United Kingdom (as under EU law), where less than 52 contributions are made in the other country and a pension is not granted by that country, the Irish pension is granted on the sum of the two insurance documents without applying the pro rata rule. Articles 44 to 49 of Regulation (EEC) No 883/2004 (pdf) explains how the social security contributions from abroad for the invalidity pension are calculated. The competent authority of Romania and a province of Canada may conclude agreements on all matters of social security within the jurisdiction of the provinces of Canada, provided that such agreements are not contrary to the provisions of this Agreement. If you do not wish to apply for benefits, but would like more information about the agreement, write to: Social security provisions have been in EU legislation for more than 30 years. They are set out in Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Welfare. You must have been insured in Ireland for at least one week for a bilateral social security agreement to enter into force and (except in the case of payment from the (contributory) guardian) have at least 52 creditable weeks under Irish law. When calculating your entitlement to an Irish social security payment under a bilateral social security agreement, your eligible contributions from the country with which Ireland has concluded the agreement and your Irish contributions are used in a pro-rated formula to find out if you are entitled to a payment. For more information about Medicare, visit the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov. The Ministry of Social Protection then requests your social security contributions directly from the other Member State or the foreign institution. If you have worked in more than one country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement, your entitlement to an Irish social security payment will be assessed separately under each agreement. Contributions under different bilateral agreements cannot be combined, but must be calculated separately.
The calculation that provides the highest amount is paid. If you are the widow, widower or child of a person who has contributed to the pension programs of both countries, this agreement can help you qualify for: Data protection law requires us to inform you that we are authorized to collect this information under section 233 of the Social Security Act….