Going to Canada, Denmark, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Netherlands

What happens to your benefit when you leave the country and go to Canada, Denmark, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Netherlands.

Information

Tell us you're leaving the country before you go.

  • What you may get

    • You may be able to take your benefits or payments with you.
    • Your payments are calculated from the basic New Zealand rate of payment and depend on whether you are single or living with a partner.
    • If you have a partner, they can be 'included' in your payments.
    • Other conditions may apply, so please ask us before you leave.
    • If you're moving to Canada, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland or the Netherlands, you can apply here or from overseas.
    • If you are moving to Greece, Jersey or Guernsey and you are intending to apply for payment of Invalid's Benefit, you must do this before you leave New Zealand.
    What you get here (current categories) What you get here (new categories) What you might get there...
    Invalid's Benefit, Widow's Benefit or Domestic Purposes Benefit (widowers only) Supported Living Payment (health condition, injury, disability or totally blind) or Sole Parent Support (widows and widowers only) Depends on how long you have lived in New Zealand since age 20
  • How to apply

    If you are applying in New Zealand please call us to arrange a meeting with us at least six weeks before you leave New Zealand.

    • You (and your partner) will need to bring to that meeting your passport(s), another form of ID each and your travel itinerary or tickets. You'll also need to complete an application to take your payments overseas.
    • It is best to apply before you leave New Zealand, but you can go to the local office of the overseas social services organisation to complete a New Zealand application.

    Local offices

    Canada
    International Operations
    Income Security Programs
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1AoL4
    CANADA
    Calling from Canada: 1800 454 8371
    Calling from outside Canada: +16 13957 1954
    Employment and Social Development Canada

    Denmark
    Udbetaling Danmark
    International Pension and Social Security
    Sortemosevej 2
    DK-3450 Alleroed
    +45 3395 5001
    Udbetaling Danmark - Internationally

    Greece
    Social Security Institute (IKA)
    International Relations Division
    Section of Bilateral Agreements
    Agio Constantinou 8
    GR 102 70
    Athens
    GREECE
    www.ika.gr
    or
    Agricultural Insurance Organisation (OGA)
    Patission 30
    GR 101 41
    Athens
    GREECE

    Guernsey
    Guernsey Social Security Authority
    Edward T Wheadon House
    Le Truchot
    St. Peter Port
    GUERNSEY
    Channel Islands GY1 3WH
    +44 1481 732 500
    www.gov.gg

    Jersey
    Jersey Employment and Social Security Department
    PO Box 55
    Philip le Feurve House
    La Motte Street
    St. Helier
    JERSEY
    Channel Islands JE4 8PE
    +44 1534 280 000
    www.gov.je

    Republic of Ireland
    Pension Services Office
    Department of Social, Community and
    Family Affairs
    College Road
    Sligo
    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
    +353 1 704 3000
    www.welfare.ie

    The Netherlands
    Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB)
    Vestiging Nijmegen
    Department AOW/ANW
    Postbus 9032
    6500 JN Nijmegen
    THE NETHERLANDS
    +31 24 343 1010
    www.svb.nl