If you worked in Belgium you may apply for a retirement pension. A full pension can be collected at age 65 or a reduced pension starting at age 60. If your deceased spouse worked in Belgium, you may apply for a survivor’s pension (pension checks will not be addressed automatically to the surviving spouse!).
How do I apply for a retirement or a survivor’s pension?
As a result of the Social Security Agreement between the USA and Belgium and because you reside in the USA, you have to request the application forms for a retirement or a survivor’s pension from Belgium from the US Social Security Administration, either your local branch or the:
Social Security Administration – Office of International Operations
P.O. Box 17049
Baltimore MD 21235
The text of the Social Security Agreement between Belgium and the USA is available on the website of the Social Security Administration: www.ssg.gov.
My spouse was receiving a pension from Belgium and passed away. What do I do?
First of all, don’t cash the checks coming from Belgium in his/her name. You would have to reimburse these amounts. Notify immediately the Pension Office in Belgium by sending them a copy of the death certificate. You can then apply for a survivor’s pension.
How will my pension be paid?
The amount of your pension will be calculated in euros and unless you have a bank account in Belgium, it will usually be paid monthly (yearly if it is a very small amount) with a check in US$ you will receive in the mail at the end of the month. Each year you will receive a “Life Certificate”. To prove that you are still alive and to keep on receiving the pension, fill it out and have your signature legalized by going in person with a picture ID to the Embassy of Consulate or to a local notary public. Then mail the form immediately back to Belgium.
Always inform the Pension Office if any change occurs regarding your address, profession, civil status or the other pensions you receive, as this may influence your Belgian pension. If you are still a Belgian citizen please report address, profession or civil status changes to the diplomatic or consular mission where you are registered. The Belgian Pension Office will automatically be updated. If you are not registered at the Belgian consulate, please forward all changes by letter, signed by you + a copy of the official documents confirming the change. An email is not accepted and does not suffice.
What institution in Belgium is in charge of pensions and how can I contact them?
Office National des Pensions (ONP) / Rijksdienst voor Pen-sioenen (RVP)
Tour du Midi / Zuidertoren
General information questions can be addressed to:
or via the website - www.onprvp.fgov.be. Please click on contact on top of the screen and send an email via the interactive screen in the middle of your screen. Your question will be forwarded to the correct department.
Information about the allocation:
Tel.: 011-32-2-529-2311 (in Dutch)
or 011-32-2-529-2748 (in French or German)
Information about the payments:
011-32-2-529-3001 (in French)
011-32-2-529-3002 (in Dutch)
011-32-2-529-3003 (in German)
The office hours of ONP/RVP are from 8:30 am to 12 noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm
For the self-employed:
Institut National d’assurance sociale des travailleurs indépendants (INASTI) /
Rijksdienst voor de sociale verzekeringen der zelfstandigen (RSVZ)
Place Jean Jacobs 6 / Jan Jacobsplein 6
B-1000 Bruxelles / B-1000 Brussel
Tel.: 011-32-2-507.62.11 of 011-32-2-546.42.11
Fax: 011-32-2-511-2153 or 011-32-2-513-0413
What do I do if I have a big problem or complaint?
W.T.C. III Simon Bolivarlaan 30 bus 5
Tel.: 011-32-2-20803131 (between Belgian office hours 9 am to 5 pm local time)
Is it possible to find out in advance how much I will get approximately when I retire?
Yes, by contacting: