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Advance pension

You can receive an advance retirement pension, if:

  1. no more than 5 years remain until you reach the retirement age;
  2. you have sufficient amount of work experience necessary for the retirement pension;
  3. you do not receive other periodic benefits and income;
  4. you are not employed and do not receive any work-related or other insured income (under an employment contract, on the basis of any memberships or service, from individual business activities, from farming activities, from a foreign country).

 

An exception is made, if you have at least half of the work experience necessary for the retirement pension and meet at least one of the following conditions: 

  1. You are a mother who gave birth to 5 or more children and raised them until they turned 8 years old.
  2. For at least 15 years, you have nursed your children with disabilities or children who have lost 60% or more of their capacity for work.
  3. For at least 15 years, you have nursed disabled people at home, who have a special need for permanent nursing.

You can find out how much work experience you have accumulated by signing in to your personal "Sodra "account for resident and generating the summary "Rep.02 Information on the length of pension social insurance".

If you have formed a summary “Rep.02 Information on the length of pension social insurance” and have noted that not full information about the length of service you have acquired for the pension is provided, you probably have not submitted to “Sodra” documents proving the length of service you acquired before 1994.

Please note that “Sodra” has accumulated data about your workplaces, the time you have worked there and the salary received since 1994. Therefore, if you worked until 1994 and until now you have not submitted to “Sodra” documents proving your pre-1994 length of service you have acquired, you can do so by coming to the nearest “Sodra” department at any time convenient to you.

Documents you have to provide: 

  • identity document;
  • work book;
  • state social insurance certificate;
  • military tickets (if military service has been performed);
  • certificates of length of service;
  • collective farm documents, etc.
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The advance retirement pension may be assigned not earlier than 5 years until the retirement age. Therefore, you can contact "Sodra" 5 years before reaching this age or at any time thereafter.

  Please come to the nearest "Sodra" department at the time of your convenience and submit the documents that certify the work experience gained until 31 December 1993. 

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  • A request to receive the advance retirement pension.
  • A passport or ID card (or a permit to reside in Lithuania).
  • Also the following, if not submitted already:
    • documents certifying the work experience gained until 31 December 1993 (employment record book, statements of work experience issued by former employers or archives, etc.);
    • military certificate (if you completed military service until 31 December 1994);
    • marriage or divorce certificate (in case the last name was changed and differs from the last name indicated in the documents certifying the work experience);
    • if you are a mother who raised 5 or more children until they turned 8 years old and you do not have the amount of work experience necessary for the retirement pension, you will have to present your children’s birth certificates;
    • if for at least 15 years you have nursed your children with disabilities or children who have lost 60% or more of their capacity for work (if these children have been recognised as disabled before reaching the age of 18) and you do not have the amount of work experience necessary for the retirement pension, you will also have to submit:
      • child’s birth certificate;
      • certificates issued by the Doctor Consultative Commission and/or Disability and Working Capacity Assessment Office, certifying the period during which the child was recognised as disabled.
    • if for at least 15 years you have nursed disabled people at home, who have a special need for permanent nursing, and do not have the amount of work experience necessary for the retirement pension, you will also have to submit:
      • a document certifying the placement of a guardian or caretaker and your appointment as a guardian or caretaker;
      • certificates issued by the Doctor Consultative Commission and/or Disability and Working Capacity Assessment Office, certifying the period during which the attended person was recognised as disabled.

The retirement pension is calculated taking into account all your income received as of 1 January 1994.

 

If you live in foreign, all related and relevant information you will find here.

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An application to receive an advanced pension can be submitted

  1. Online, by signing in to your personal "Sodra" account for resident and choosing Application to receive an advanced pension, GPN2.
  2. By post. An application can be download here (a copy of personal ID document, certified as per the requirements, must be attached to the letter).
  3.  At any "Sodra" department.

You need to have an ID and know details of your account to which the pension will be paid.

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The amount of pension depends on your acquired work experience, the number of accounting units, the value of an accounting unit and basic pension as approved by the State Social Insurance Fund’s Council.

Calculation of the accounting units:

  • 12 average monthly salaries (AMS) per year = 1 accounting unit.
  • The maximum number of accounting units per year is 5 (60 AMS).

 

How is the pension calculated?

 

  Every year as of 1 January the value of the basic pension and accounting unit is indexed (adjusted) according to the coefficient calculated and approved in the previous year.

  Important! An advance retirement pension is calculated in the same way as a retirement pension, but it is reduced by 0.4% for each month remaining until the retirement pension. When persons have been paid an advance retirement pension, their retirement pension will be reduced by 0.4% for each month when the advance retirement pension was paid.

For example, you have contacted us regarding the advance retirement pension for the period of 5 years (60 months). The pension calculated for you is €240. Taking into account the duration of the advance retirement pension, it will be 24% (60x0.4% = 24%) lower, i.e. €182,40. However, if you have terminated or suspended your advance retirement pension during its payment term, your retirement pension will be reduced only for the period when you received your advance retirement pension.

From 1 January 2021, all early-retirement pensions (irrespective of the length of seniority accumulated by the person and the period for which the pension has been awarded) are reduced by 0.32% for each month. From 1 January 2021, early-retirement pensions are also reduced by 0.32% for each month of receipt of the early-retirement pension for persons who have received early-retirement pensions.

IMPORTANT! This provision does not apply to persons who received the early-retirement pension for the maximum period of 3 years and their seniority, calculated at the time the early-retirement pension has been awarded, was at least 40 years (in 2022 – 40 years and 3 months, etc.). From 1 January 2021, an amount of these pensions will not be reduced because of receipt of the early-retirement pension.

Pensions will also increase for orphans if the orphan‘s pension has been awarded for the parents who received the early-retirement pension.

In calculating the amount of early-retirement pension, reduction of 0.32% for each month remaining until the retirement age or for each month of receipt of the early-retirement pension will be applied.

Reduction of 0.4% for each month remaining until the retirement age has been applied so far, and when a person reached retirement age, then for each month of receipt of early-retirement pension.

Example. A person has been awarded the early-retirement pension from 1 February 2020 to 1 June 2023. He has acquired a seniority of 42 years. The amount of the pension was reduced by 16% (40 months x 0.4%).

From 1 January 2021, an amount of early-retirement pension is reduced by 12.8% (40 months x 0.32%). If this person will receive the early-retirement pension for 40 months, then, at the time of awarding the early-retirement pension to the person, its amount will be reduced by 12.8% (40 months x 0.32%). And if the person will receive the early-retirement pension for 36 months (i.e. for 3 years) or less, then, at the time of awarding the early-retirement pension to the person, its amount will not be reduced because of the receipt of the early-retirement pension.

Pensions will also increase for orphans if the orphan‘s pension has been awarded for the parents who received the early-retirement pension. The recalculated pensions will be paid to their beneficiaries, who will be subject to these changes, no later than from 31 March 2021. At the same time, beneficiaries also will be paid pension arrears resulting from recalculation of early-retirement pension, old-age pension, invalidity pension or social insurance orphan's pension from 1 January 2021. There is no need to submit any applications to “Sodra” in relation to this recalculation.

The old-age pension will not decrease for persons who receive (received) the early-retirement pension, but have a long pension social insurance seniority.

From 2021-01-01, upon reaching the old-age pension age, the amount of the old-age pension is not reduced if the person received the advance old-age pension for a period not exceeding 3 years and his length of service, when awarding the advance old-age pension, is not less than:

Year Seniority
2021 and before 40 years
2022 40 year and 3 months
2023 40 year and 6 months
2024 40 year and 9 months
2025 41 years
2026 41 year and 3 months
2027 41 year and 6 months
2028 41 year and 9 months
2029 42 years
2030 42 year and 3 months
2031 and beyond 42 year and 6 months

 

To ensure that the old-age pension due to advance old-age pension is not reduced after reaching the retirement age, you must meet two conditions:

  1. When awarding an advance pension, you must have a minimum length of seniority of 40 years (whichever year you apply for. The seniority requirements are set out in the table above);
  2. The advance pension should be paid for a maximum of 3 years.
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If a advance pension was awarded after 2021 and you have worked or engaged of another activity, for which you have paid pension social insurance contributions to "Sodra", then the pension will be recalculated (Updated) from 1 January 2022, estimating the extra length of seniority acquired during the previous calendar year and the number of units of account.

No request is required in order for the pension to be recalculated. The pension will be recalculated on the basis of the public social insurance cover of the insured and the register of the recipients of the public social insurance benefits.

The decision on the recalculation of the pension (updating) will be able to view by joining a personal "Sodra" account for resident and choosing section "My payments".

This will be done every year.

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The advance retirement pension is paid until your retirement age.

  •  The payment shall be terminated, if:
    • you have reached the retirement age;
    • you go to live abroad. However, under certain circumstances you will be able to continue to receive the advance retirement pension.
  • The payment shall be suspended, if:
    • you become employed or start to work on your own;
    • you become a farmer or his/her partner;
    • you receive employment-related income in a foreign country;
    • another pension or benefit is assigned to you;
    • you make a request to suspend the payment of your early pension.
  • On a person’s request, the payment of the advance retirement pension may be resumed, if the person meets the conditions to receive this pension.

 

  Important! In all the cases mentioned in items 1 and 2, except when the retirement age is reached, you have to notify a "Sodra’s" department about such a change within 10 days. When you reach the retirement age, you will have to submit a request to receive the retirement pension.

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You will be assigned a pension within 30 calendar days from when the request and all the necessary documents and data are received.

Advance retirement pension is paid for the previous month.

 

Advance retirement pension may be:

  1. Transferred to your personal account.
  2. Delivered at your home between the 10th and 26th day of each month, if:
    1. you received your pension at home in December 2009;
    2. you lost 75–100% capacity for work or you have a special need for permanent nursing, special need for regular care (assistance), special need for the compensation of transport expenses, or a high level of special needs;
    3. you live in areas where you do not have the ability to cash out;
    4. you are 80 years old or older.
  3. Collected at a post or PayPost office between the 10th and 26th day of each month, when:
    1. it is not possible to cash out the benefit from your personal account;
    2. you meet the conditions for receiving the benefit at home. 

  The information above presents only the most important provisions of the Law on Social Insurance Pensions regarding the assignment of retirement pensions. In your particular case, other conditions that are not mentioned here may be important as well. 

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You can submit a request to receive a pension recipient’s certificate:
  • At any “Sodra’s“ department;
  • Sign in to your personal “Sodra” resident’s account and submit a request to receive a pension recipient’s certificate, GPN14.
 
At a department, you will have to present:
  • your passport or another ID;
  • a photo that meets the requirements for IDs, in a digital medium or “Sodra” may use your photo from the Population Register Service (if you received / changed your identity document in 2007 or later);
  • a request to receive a pension recipient’s certificate.
 
Terms:
  • The completed certificate shall be issued or sent no later than within 20 business days from the date of the decision to grant a pension.
  • When changing the certificate, it is issued no later than within 20 business days from the day of submitting the application to the “Sodra” department.
 
Links:
  • By clicking on this link, you will download a leaflet with the requirements for a photo of the pension recipient’s certificate (lithuanian).
  • You can find more detailed information about the issuance of a pension recipient’s certificate in the order of the director of “Sodra” (lithuanian).
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Update date: 2021-06-07
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