Contributions to the states with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement are paid only for certain long-term payments. These include the fact that, in order to qualify for benefits under the U.S. Social Security program, a worker must have earned enough work credits, known as insurance quarters, to meet the “insurance status requirements” specified. For example, a worker who turns 62 in 1991 or later generally needs 40 calendar terms to be insured for old age pensions. As part of a totalization agreement, SSA accounts for periods of coverage acquired by the worker under the social security program of a contracting country when a worker has some U.S. insurance coverage but is not sufficient to qualify for benefits. Similarly, a country that is a party to an agreement with the United States takes into account a worker`s coverage under the U.S. program when it is required for that country`s social security benefits. If the combined credits in the two countries allow the worker to meet the eligibility requirements, a partial benefit may be paid depending on the proportion of the worker`s total career in the paying country. As a general rule, a person should claim a pension entitlement in the country of residence. A person residing in Ireland should therefore apply for a pension from the Ministry of Social Welfare.
If the applicant indicates that he or she was insured (or, if necessary, resident) in a country with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement, a pension entitlement is opened in that country by the department that addresses the relevant agency on behalf of the applicant. The date of receipt of the claim and all relevant documents must be immediately forwarded to the institution of the other country. The same procedure applies on the other hand when the right to the pension is introduced in another country, but the person has social security contributions in Ireland. If you have stayed or worked abroad or have contributed to a foreign social security plan, you may need to apply for a pension or pension abroad. This document applies only to benefits and pensions covered by the agreement. To apply for a social assistance allowance, you should complete the appropriate application form and refer it to the Ministry of Social Protection. The return address is printed on the application form. The first qualifying condition – entry into insurance before the age of 56 – must be met. However, in a bilateral contracting country, it may be satisfied with the question of whether a period in another country depends on that other country`s social security system. Over the years, a number of EU regulations have looked at the coordination of social security systems. The current EU regulations, Regulation (EC) 883 of 2004 relating to the coordination of social security systems and Regulation (EC) 987 of 2010 relating to the 2004 Regulation Procedure (EC) No.
883, came into force on 1 May 2010 and replaced Regulation (EC) No. 883 of 2004.