How to apply for pension assistance

Born before 1 September 1956

  1. Complete and print out the form Application for pension assistance ET 1 (in Finnish). Mail the form along with all necessary supporting documents to Kela.
  2. You can also submit the documentation online (in Finnish). Scan or take a photo of the supporting documents and send them through Kela's online service using the message service (available in Finnish and Swedish only).

Pension assistance will become available for new clients (born before 1 September 1958)  on 1 October 2019 .

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

Applications for pension assistance can be backdated by 6 months.

You can go to Kela's online 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.