How do I qualify for non-contributory old age pension?
You must have reached pensionable age and a Barbadian citizen or a permanent resident for a period of:
- Twelve years from the age of 40 or an aggregate of 20 years since turning 18 for Barbadian citizens or
- Fifteen years from the age of 40 or an aggregate of 20 years since turning 18 for permanent residents
I receive a pension from the Barbadian public service, can I still receive the Non-Contributory Old Pension?
No. Also you are also not entitled to a pension if you:
- receive one from the public service of another Government or from an international organization of which the Barbados Government is a member, like the United Nations
- receive one from the NIS that is higher than the non-contributory old age pension
- receive one operated by a National Insurance and Social Security Scheme of another Government
- receive an income of more than $30 a week and are blind or deaf mute and under age 65
- are continuously absent from Barbados for more than six months
- are a full-time in-patient at a health service institution maintained by the Government like a hospital or home
- are imprisoned. But there is an exception to this. Contact the NIS to find out more about this.
For more details download the "NIS Guide to Benefits" booklet which you can view in Adobe Acrobat. If you don't have Acrobat, click here to download it.
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