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Voluntary OASI made easier


If you live abroad and make voluntary old-age and survivors’ insurance (OASI) payments, you now have more time to submit documents.

Good news for all Swiss Abroad who make voluntary OASI payments. An updated version of the Federal Ordinance on Voluntary Old-Age, Survivors and Invalidity Insurance (VOASIO) came into force on 1 January 2021. Its new terms include an extension to the deadline for submitting documents. The documents required for determining contributions can now be submitted until 31 March. Previously, the deadline was 31 January.

This deadline extension takes account of specific circumstances abroad. Considerable distances, difficulties in procuring documents, and limited, slow postal deliveries – these are some of the factors that caused the deadline to be changed. The deadline for submitting tax statements has also been extended as a consequence – to 31 August.

Voluntary OASI now also possible in the UK

Brexit – the United Kingdom leaving the European Union – also has implications regarding pension provision for Swiss Abroad. Anyone who emigrates from Switzerland to the UK can now join the voluntary OASI scheme as well. The conditions for joining are the same as those that apply to other non-EU countries. There are no changes for people who were already living in the UK before 1 January 2021.

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