DETERMINED to strengthen relations between the States Parties in the field of social security and to adapt the Agreement on social security concluded at Ottawa on 9 February 1979 between Canada and France on social security to amendments in national legislation with a view to asserting a right to United States or Canadian benefits under the Agreement, follow the instructions in the “Entitlements to Benefits” section. My name is Rolando Cruz, I found your name on the DRpensions website and I would just like to consult my mother`s application for her retirement pension. I sponsored my mother and she emigrated here to Canada in March 2004. During her 10 years of stay here in Canada, she returned 3 times to the Philippines (2005, 2007 & 2010), she spent more than a year out of these 3 years. If I add everything, she spent about 5.8 years here in Canada and 4.2 years in the Philippines, but she kept Canada as her primary residence. She applied for an oEA pension here in Canada last year (September 2014), we received a response that they forwarded their application to the International Division, and then, after one year, they sent another letter saying that she did not complete her 10-year residency, so they did not grant her the OAS pension When we filed their application, The basis we have considered is that she has lived here in Canada and the Philippines for the past 10 years. The fact that they said “live or work”, which means that if she lived in both countries, but did not necessarily work, she should have been qualified for at least one partial retirement pension, I think you are more expert for this, which is why I sent you this letter in the hope that I receive the right answer Hello James – Under THE LEGISLATION OF THE OAS, The definition of residence in Canada is “to make her home in Canada and live there normally,” so I think she ceased to be a resident of Canada when she returned to Hong Kong. I don`t know all the details of the deal with China, but I`m pretty sure it won`t help. There was never an agreement with Hong Kong, neither under British rule nor under British rule. Does Service Canada have an agreement that national insurance premiums (paid in the UK) can be set off against their 20-year requirement, or do you have to live and work in Canada for 20 years to get OAS abroad? Hi Mark – I won`t pretend to be an expert on the Canada/UK agreement, but I understand that it cannot be used to qualify for OAS benefits, as most other agreements allow. This means that to qualify for 20/40 OAS (about $300 per month from age 65), you must have 20 full years of residence in Canada. Under the agreement, the United States was credited with social security entered into after 1965 and may be considered, if necessary, together with CPP or QPP work credits, in order to meet the minimum requirements for disability or survivor benefits under the PPPP. However, to be eligible to have your U.S.

credits counted, you must have acquired at least one year of credit under the CPP or QPP. It is not necessary to take into account US Social Security credits to determine entitlement to CPP or QPP retirement benefits, as anyone who has contributed to at least one of the two schemes may be entitled to an old-age pension or a reduced retirement pension from the age of 65. I`m not an expert on the Canada-Philippines agreement, but here`s a link you might find useful: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/international/countries/philippines.shtml Dear Doug, I worked for 7 years and contributed to the British social pension system before immigrating to Canada…

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