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Special Convenio – To Make Up Pension Years or Bridge Income Gap

Convenios Especiales are agreements that you can sign up for, thus committing to voluntary payment of the social security contributions (instead of an employer).


If you find yourself in a situation of unemployment (once your contributive unemployment benefits ´paro´ have run out) and your pension date is not too far away, and you foresee that it would be beneficial to continue adding years to your pension entitlement (to reach the minimum required), or if your current contract is for a lower salary than the year prior to that and you want to close that gap to make sure your pension will be calculated on this higher salary.

Or if you are temporarily working less hours because you are taking care of a minor.

Or if you have been declared partially disabled but been denied a disability pension.

– minimum of 3 contributing years (1.080 days) in the 12 years prior to the ´baja´, so when you and your employer stopped contributing.

There are numerous convenios especiales, all for different situations, so please make an appointment with the INSS/CAISS in your area and ask there about the amounts to pay in as well as there are several options to choose from and which is the appropiate one for you, depends on your personal situation.

More info here.

Info on how subscribing could be beneficial if you are in receipt of ´subsidio for over 55´.

Info from the Seguridad Social, in English.

Informative article from the Seguridad Social, in Spanish.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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