Going overseas to live
Living overseas usually means moving to another country permanently or spending more time overseas than in New Zealand. You must tell us before you go.
What happens to your benefits if you go overseas to live?
Before you leave New Zealand, make sure you discuss your plans with us, even if you’re only going for a short time.
Sometimes a short time away can be counted as ‘living overseas’.
New Zealand has Social Security Agreements with a number of countries. If you go overseas to live and you’re on certain types of income support, you may be able to take some or all of your payments with you – or receive payments from the country you move to.
If you move to a country we don’t have a Social Security Agreement with, you will not be able to take your income support with you.
Senior Services International help you get paid the right amount of New Zealand Benefit or pension whether you live in New Zealand or overseas
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