Hungary - Pensions and Benefits

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If you have lived or worked in Hungary and in Canada, or you are the survivor of someone who has lived or worked in Hungary and in Canada, you may be eligible for pensions or benefits from Hungary or Canada, or both.

The Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Hungary came into force on October 1, 2003.

What benefits are available?

If you contributed to both the Canada Pension Plan and the Hungarian pension program, or if you lived in Canada and Hungary, this agreement may help you qualify for:

  • Canadian old age and disability benefits;
  • Hungarian old age and disability benefits.

If you are the widow, widower or child of a person who contributed to the pension programs of both countries, this agreement may help you qualify for:

  • Canadian survivor benefits;
  • Hungarian survivor benefits.

You may qualify for a Canadian or Hungarian benefit, or both. However, under the Agreement, the benefit paid by each country will be based solely on your creditable periods under that country’s pension program. In other words, Canada will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your periods that are creditable under Canada's pension program, and Hungary will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your creditable periods under Hungary's pension program.

Am I eligible to receive a benefit?

Canadian benefits

The Canadian pension programs included in the Agreement are the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security program.

If you do not qualify for a Canada Pension Plan benefit based on your contributions to the CPP, Canada will consider periods credited under the pension program of Hungary as periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan.

If you do not qualify for an Old Age Security pension based on your years of residence in Canada, Canada will consider periods credited under the pension program of Hungary as periods of residence in Canada.

Note: Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) contributors

The Government of Canada’s international social security agreements cover Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan benefits only. If you contribute or have contributed to the QPP but not to the CPP, please consult the Quebec Pension Plan.

Hungarian benefits

The pension program of Hungary is similar to the Canada Pension Plan and covers most employed and self-employed persons in Hungary.

To qualify for a benefit under the pension program of Hungary, you normally must have contributed to the program for a minimum number of years.

If you have not contributed to the program for the minimum period, to qualify for a Hungarian old age benefit and, in certain conditions, survivor benefits under the Agreement, Hungary will consider periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan and periods of residence in Canada after the age of 18 as periods credited under the Hungarian pension program. To determine eligibility for a Hungarian disability benefit and, in certain conditions, survivor benefits, Hungary will consider periods of contribution to the Canada Pension Plan as periods credited under the pension program of Hungary.

Applying for Benefits

Print and complete one of the following application forms:

If you live in Canada

If you live in Canada and want to apply for Canadian benefits, see Pensions in Canada.

If you live in Canada and want to apply for Hungarian benefits:

Attach any necessary supporting documents, and return the application form to a Service Canada Centre, or mail it to:

International Operations

Service Canada

P.O. Box 2710 Station Main

Edmonton, AB T5J 2G4

CANADA

If you live in Hungary

If you live in Hungary and want to apply for Canadian benefits:

Attach any necessary supporting documents, and return the application form to a social security office in Hungary, or mail it to:

International Operations

Service Canada

P.O. Box 2710 Station Main

Edmonton, AB T5J 2G4

CANADA

Hungary’s Social Security Website

Resources

Note: The Agreement

This page contains general information on the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and Hungary and may not describe all the provisions that apply to your situation. If you have any questions, please contact us. In the case of a discrepancy between this page and the Agreement, the wording and provisions of the Agreement will prevail.

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