Caricom Reciprocal Agreement On Social Security

Persons are subject to the legislation of the State where they are currently employed. Where persons are employed on board a ship, the law of the State in which the ship is registered shall apply. In the case of autonomy insurance, persons are subject to the State in which they work. Where persons have paid compulsory contributions in one State and become voluntarily contributory in another State, they are guided by the provisions of the country where they paid the compulsory contributions. The reciprocity agreement shall apply to persons in cases where the legislation of more than one of the participating States applies. If you or an insured person are disadvantaged by the application of certain provisions of the Agreement, the competent authorities may, by mutual agreement, grant derogations from the application of this Convention in the interest of the person or persons concerned. It protects all rights to long-term benefits by providing for the sum of all contributions paid to the social security institutions concerned in the Member States where a national has previously worked. Suriname is the exception, as it does not have a comparable social security scheme. The agreement allows CARICOM countries to coordinate their social security programmes and concerns pensions for: applications for long-term benefits must be submitted to the Social Security Office/NIS in the territory where the applicant has his or her habitual residence or to the body to which he or she is entitled to benefits. Such applications and their accompanying documents shall be submitted on the date and in the manner prescribed by the legislation applied by that institution.

The Caricom Agreement on Social Security was signed in Georgetown, Guyana, on 1 March 1996 and entered into force on 1 March 1996. The agreement aims to protect the right to benefits of CARICOM nationals and to allow for equal treatment when moving from one country to another. . . .