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I have lost work capacity (invalidity pension)

Who can receive a pension?

Persons who have lost 45% or more of their work capacity and who meet the requirements (have the right to receive a work-incapacity pension).

The work-incapacity pension is granted if:

  • The Disability and Capacity Identification Service has recognized you as incapacitated or partially capacitated for work.
  • Minimum length of service (see Table of Minimum Social Insurance Record).

You can find your social insurance period by logging in to your personal "Sodra" account and generating a summary "Rep.02 Information on Social Pension Insurance record for an Old Age Pension".

 

Age

Minimum seniority

Seniority required

21

2 months

1 years

22

4 months

1 years

23

6 months

1 years

24

8 months

1 years 4 months

25

10 months

1 years 8 months

26

1 years

2 years

27

1 years 2 months

2 years 4 months

28

1 years 4 months

2 years 8 months

29

1 years 6 months

3 years

30

1 years 8 months

3 years 6 months

31

1 years 10 months

4 years

32

2 years

4 years 6 months

33

2 years 2 months

5 years

34

2 years 4 months

5 years 8 months

35

2 years 6 months

6 years 4 months

36

3 years

7 years

37

3 years 6 months

7 years 8 months

38

4 years

8 years 4 months

39

4 years 6 months

9 years

40

5 years

10 years

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5 years 6 months

11 years

42

6 years

12 years

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6 years 6 months

13 years

44

7 years

14 years

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7 years 6 months

15 years

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8 years

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8 years 6 months

17 years

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9 years

18 years

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9 years 6 months

19 years

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10 years

20 years

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10 years 6 months

21 years

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11 years

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11 years 6 months

23 years

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12 years

24 years

55

12 years 6 months

25 years

56

13 years

26 years

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13 years 6 months

27 years

58

14 years

28 years

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14 years 6 months

29 years

60

15 years

30 years

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15 years

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15 years

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15 years

33 years

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34 years

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15 years

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What if I lost capacity for work?
  • First, you must contact a doctor who treats you, he will send a referral to the Disability and Capacity Identification Service.
  • You can contact the service personally or you can contact your relatives.
  • The Office must provide:
    • The identity document.
    • An application for the establishment of a capacity for work.
    • But the doctor's referral and medical documents indicating the diagnosis and the severity of the condition.
    • A 3x4 cm photo.
  • The Office will issue a certificate, which will be electronically transferred to the "Sodra" so the certificates do not need to be delivered.
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When should I contact the "Sodra"?

Immediately when you are recognized as incapacitated or partially capacitated for work. If you apply later, you will be paid a pension for the period from the determination of the capacity for work, but not more than for 6 months before the application with all the necessary documents and data in the "Sodra" department.

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What documents should I submit?
  • An application for an old-age pension.
  • Passport or ID card (or residence permit in Lithuania).
  • If you have not already submitted:
    • documents proving the length of social insurance record completed before 31 December 1993 (work book, certificates on social insurance record issued by former employees or archives, etc.);
    • a military certificate (if you did military service before 31 December 1994);
    • marriage or divorce certificate (if the surname has been changed, and the previous surname is indicated in the documents certifying the length of social insurance record).

All of your income received since 1 January 1994 is taken for calculation of the work-incapacity.

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How to apply for a pension?

The application for a pension may be submitted:

  • Via internet, when connected to the personal "Sodra" account of the resident.
  • By post.

  A copy of the identity document confirmed in accordance with the established procedure must be attached to the application.

  • Upon arrival at the "Sodra" department.

You can fill out the application at the "Sodra" department. You need to have a personal identity document and know the details of the personal account to which the pension will be paid.

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What amount of pension will I get?

The amount of the incapacity for work depends on the level of your capacity for work, the length of social insurance record, the number of units of account and the value of the unit of account approved by the State Social Insurance Fund Council and the basic pension amount.

Accounting unit calculations:

12 average salaries per year = 1 unit of account.

The maximum number of units of account per year is 5 units of account (60 average salaries).

Every year from 1 January, the values ​​of the basic pension and the unit of account will be indexed (changed) according to the coefficient calculated and approved in the previous year.

 

How is the lost work capacity pension calculated?

 

If, after the appointment of a pension, you work or engage in other activities for which you will pay the social security contributions to the "Sodra", then on 1 July of each year, the pension will be updated to you, taking into account the number of additional years of social insurance record and the number of units of account in the previous calendar year.

  Applications need not be submitted in order to update the pension.

  Important. Starting from 1 January 2020, recipients of loss capacity for work pensions, who have lost 60% of more of their capacity for work and social insurance lost capacity for work pension recipients (who have lost 45-55% of their capacity for work), who have reached old age pension age,  will have a right for a pension increase, if the sum of their received pensions and pension benefits is lower than 100% of the minimum size of consumption needs, calculated by the Republic of Lithuania (257 Euro). This pension increase will be appointed to the client without a separate request.

If you also receive a foreign pension, you must provide data on the amount of the foreign public pension from 2020/01/01 to 2020/03/31 if you consider the monthly amount of receiving pension benefits and pensions to be less than EUR 257 per month.

The premium shall be granted and paid from the date when entitlement to the pension premium is granted up to a maximum of 6 months from the date of submission of the data on the amount of the foreign pension.  

Please note that you will be required to submit data (certificate) on the amount of pension granted by a foreign country on a quarterly basis. 

The original of the certificate must be delivered from the foreign competent body to the ‘Sodra’. 
 
List of Competent Bodies available.

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The pension supplement

Who can receive the pension supplement?

The persons can receive the pension supplement if they are recipients of the social insurance old-age pension, recipients of the social insurance disability pension who have lost 60 per cent or more of their capacity to work or the persons who reached the age for old-age pension being recipients of the social insurance disability pension who have lost 45-55 per cent of their capacity to work upon condition that the sum of all social insurance pensions, compensations for special working conditions, state pensions, and foreign pensions paid in the month is less than 100% of the Minimum Consumption Rate (hereinafter – MCR).

Chapter VI1 of the Law on the Social Assistance Pensions of the Republic of Lithuania (in lithuanian).

 

Is it necessary to submit an application for the pension supplement?

The pension supplement is calculated and paid without a separate application of the person.

 

What incomes are calculated granting the pension supplement?

The right to the supplement is determined by the sum of all social insurance pensions, compensations for special working conditions, state pensions, and foreign pensions paid in the month for which the supplement is calculated.

 

Is the pension supplement granted to those who are working?

For a purpose of the pension supplement granting, the person's insured income is not calculated so the person can work and receive the pension supplement if the sum of his/her pensions is less than 100% of the Minimum Consumption Rate (MCR).

 

Is the pension supplement granted to those receiving the pension from Lithuania but living abroad?

The pension supplement is granted and paid to the pension recipients who have declared their place of residence in Lithuania or are listed as persons who have not declared their place of residence.

  

What is the amount of the pension supplement?

If a person has acquired the necessary length of service, the full difference between 100% of MCR, which is 257 EUR as approved in 2019, and pension (sum of pensions) received is paid. If a person has acquired the minimum length of service but has not acquired the necessary length of service, the proportion of the pension supplement is reduced proportionately.

 

Calculation of the pension supplements

  • For those recipients whose pension is calculated by the acquired necessary length of service, the pension supplement is calculated attaining accuracy of the euro cent according to the formula PS = 1 × MCR – P where:

PD – amount of the pension supplement;

MCR – the minimum consumption rate in force in the month for which the pension supplement is paid;

P – sum of all pensions paid to a person.

  • For those recipients whose pension is calculated under the precondition that the necessary length of service is not acquired, the pension supplement is calculated attaining accuracy of the euro cent according to the formula PS = (1 × MCR – P) × (L/NL) where:

PD – amount of the pension supplement;

MCR – the minimum consumption rate in force in the month for which the pension supplement is paid;

L – length of the pension social insurance acquired by the person by which the social insurance old age pension or social insurance disability pension is calculated;

NL – necessary length of the pension social insurance required for the person to be illegible for the social insurance old age pension or social insurance disability pension (invalidity pension by 1st July 2005), which one of the pensions is relevant;

P – sum of all pensions paid to a person.

 

Is it necessary to submit a certificate to receive a pension supplement if a person receives the pension from a foreign state?

Yes. The right of a person to receive a pension supplement is determined by the data provided by the pension recipient on the amount of the pension granted in the foreign state. The supplement would be calculated and paid from the date of the entitlement to the pension supplement but not more than 6 months from the date of submission of the data on the amount of the foreign pension granted. The pension recipient should submit to "Sodra" quarterly data on the amount of the pension granted by the foreign state.

The certificate is not required if a person receives a pension from Belarus, Ukraine or Moldova.

 

Is it necessary to translate a certificate on the amount of a pension granted in a foreign state if a person receives the pension from a foreign state?

There is no need to translate certificates issued by the EU or EEA countries, however, the documents issued by institutions of the other states must be translated into Lithuanian and legalized or approved by a an Apostille according with the procedure established by legal acts.

 

Can a person submit a negative decision in order to have calculated the pension supplement if a person acquired the service length in a foreign country but does not receive a pension?

If the decision is issued in 2018 or later and the exact date on which the person reaches retirement age in a foreign state is specified in the decision, the negative decision taken by a foreign competent institution is appropriate, and the certificate is not needed.

If a person has been in a foreign country for less than 1 year, does he / she the amount of the (non-received) pension received?

 

Does a person have to submit a certificate on the amount of the pension received/non-received if the person acquired less than 1 year service length in the foreign state?

If a person acquired less than 1 year service length in the foreign state, the pension supplement should be granted. In such a case, the person should submit a free-form notification to "Sodra" and indicate whether the person worked/did not work in a foreign state in the subsequent periods, thus acquiring any additional length of service. Once the needed information is received, the decision will be taken regarding the granting of supplement.

 

Is the pension supplement granted to persons receiving a temporary benefit?

The pension supplement is not granted and paid to persons receiving a temporary benefit.

 

Is the pension supplement granted to persons receiving an early retirement pension?

The pension supplement is not granted and paid to persons receiving an early retirement pension.

 

Is the pension supplement granted to persons who have reached the age of retirement, and who had received an early retirement pension?

Yes, the pension supplement can be paid to persons if they are recipients of the old-age pension, recipients of the disability pension who have lost 60 per cent or more of their capacity to work or the persons who reached the age for old-age pension being recipients of the disability pension who have lost 45-55 per cent of their capacity to work, regardless that they had been granted/received an early retirement pension.

 

For what month is the pension supplement paid?

The pension supplement is calculated and paid for the previous month.

 

Is any retrieval from the pension supplement possible?

There is no retrieval (recovery) from the pension supplement executed under the enforcement documents.

 

Can the part of the pension supplement along with the pension be transferred to the account of the care institution?

Up to 80 per cent of the pension together with the pension supplement received may be transferred to the care institution's current account for the care services. The remaining amount of the pension and pension supplement, which is at least 20 per cent of the pension, is paid to the pensioner, the authorized person or legal guardian.

 

What may the circumstances under which the pension supplement is not granted (suspended)?

The pension supplement is not granted, and its payment is suspended for the persons:

  • Under detention as a result of adoption of preventive measure;
  • For prisoners at the penitentiary detention facilities except for the open colonies and special units of penitentiary or pre-trial detention centres (the houses for reincorporation of the persons under detention);
  • Allocated to the established general, reinforced or rigorous monitoring units of inpatient medical surveillance at the specialized mental health care facilities or supervised at the special educational institutions as provided by the Lithuanian Criminal Code.

Payment of the pension supplement is suspended from the first day of the month following the month in which the mentioned circumstances occurred.

Payment of the pension supplement is resumed (if the entitlement remains) from the first day of the month following the month in which the mentioned circumstances disappeared.

 

Is the pension supplement paid after the death of the pensioner?

Upon the death of the pension supplement recipient, the person who took responsibilities of the funeral arranging is paid the pension supplement for the month in which the death occurred plus the same amount (one-month pension supplement).

The amount of the pension supplement calculated before the month of death, which was due but not paid to the recipient of the pension supplement, is paid to the heirs who have submitted the application and the inheritance documents.

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Pension update

If you have not reached your old-age pension and are entitled to an invalidity pension and you have worked or engaged of another activity in 2019, for which you have paid pension social insurance contributions to "Sodra", then the pension will be recalculated (Updated), 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 at www.sodra.lt, by joining a personal "Sodra" account for a resident.

The recalculated pension is planned to be paid in July of 2020. If recalculated pension is higher, the difference of pensions, received from 1st January of 2020, will be paid out.

This will be done every year.

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Will I get a pension when I work?

Yes. If you work, the amount of the pension will not be reduced.

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Where and when will I get the money?

Your pension will be paid to you no later than 30 calendar days after the receipt of the application and all necessary documents.

The work incapacity pension is paid for the current month.

 

The work incapacity pension may be:

  • paid to a personal account;
  • delivered to home every month on 10-26 days if:
    • in December 2009 you got a pension at home;
    • you have lost 75-100% of work capacity or you have a special need for permanent nursing, special need for regular care (help), special need for transport expenses compensation or a high level of special needs;
    • you live in areas where there is no possibility to cash out;
    • you are 80 years of age or older.
  • withdrawn in the postal or PayPost offices on 10-26 days of every month, when:
    • there is no possibility to cash out your personal account;
    • You will meet the conditions for receiving to home.

  The list of the most important provisions of the Law on Social Insurance Pensions for the appointment of work incapacity pension is listed here. In a particular case you may have other conditions not listed here.

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Update date: 2020-02-06
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