Claiming Age Pension from overseas

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Emmie, is now eligible to claim the Age Pension but is currently living in Vietnam. She would like to know if she can make her claim from outside Australia.

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Emmie, is now eligible to claim the Age Pension but is currently living in Vietnam. She would like to know if she can make her claim from outside Australia.

Q. Emmie
I am an Australian citizen and have become eligible for the Age Pension but am in Vietnam and unable to return to Australia till March. Can I apply from overseas? If not, when I do apply in Australia, can my pension be paid retrospectively from when I became eligible?

A.
To claim the Australian Age Pension you must be resident in Australia, unless Australia has an International Social Security Agreement with your current country of residence. This is not the case with Vietnam.

You are encouraged to make your claim as soon as you are able as your pension payments will not be back-dated.





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    Bella
    7th Sep 2012
    12:57pm
    Can someone tell me, I am on the aged pension(69 ) I would like to downgrade my home here in Australia and live part time in South America near my son. Can I go and live there for say 6months of the year, or longer and return to Australia once a year ?will I still get my pension? this is the only form of income I have.
    Bella
    7th Sep 2012
    12:59pm
    Also ( Bella again) if i cannot go to South America on the AuStralian aged pension, is it possible to go to the USA on the Australian pension as I could commute to South America from there.
    sonnie
    18th Jan 2014
    2:46pm
    I have a friend who turns 65 in June 2014. He has a working life of 25 years in Australia and is an Australian citizen. He has been resident in the past in Thailand, but currently is on Newstart and will have been resident in Australia for 2 years by June 2014. Will he be eligible for the age pension AND will he be able to live in Thailand and continue to be paid the age Pension?
    whatsupdok
    9th Jun 2015
    1:08pm
    Does anyone have any experience with getting a pension from another country(USA) while on the OAP or having a 401K in America and how it is all sorted out.


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