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How to apply for pension assistance

For persons born before 1 September 1956, the earliest that pension assistance could be paid is 1 June 2017.

Those born before 1 September 1958 became eligible on 1 October 2019.

  • Complete and print out the form Application for pension assistance ET 2 (in Finnish), available on 15 August. Mail the form (About Kela section) along with all necessary supporting documents to Kela.
  • You can also submit the documentation online (in Finnish). Scan or take a photo of the supporting documents and send them through Kela's e-service using the message service (available in Finnish and Swedish only).

You can also apply for pension assistance later. Pension assistance can be backdated up to 6 months from when the application is submitted.

  • You can go to Kela's e-service to see if your application has been decided and when the benefit you have applied for will be paid.
  • For information about how long the handling of an application usually takes, see Application process for benefits.

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