Does Jon have to remain in Australia for two years after claiming the pension?
Jon is living in the Philippines but is planning to return to Australia to claim an Age Pension. He would like to know if he needs to remain here for two years.
I have been living away from Australia for the last eight years, but I’m returning in early October. I’m now almost 72, my health is ailing and I’m almost deaf. It’s not easy to live on pension in Australia and I have a family here in Philippines of whom I have to take care. As I understand, I have to stay an Australian resident for two years before I can go back to my family in Philippines. This is a great burden on me, for health and financial reasons. Can you advise on any way to help me to return to my family in the Philippines?
A. From what I can gather, you are returning to Australia to claim an Age Pension, which you could have claimed when you were 65, but haven’t.
When you return to Australia, you can submit your claim for an Age Pension. However, once granted, you will have to remain in Australia for two years until you can return to the Philippines.
The only way that this two-year residency period can be waived is if the country in which you choose to reside has an international social security agreement with Australia, which the Philippines does not have. You can view a list of countries which do have agreements by clicking the link below.
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