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Apply for a pension for miners

Description

Miners are subject to special pension schemes. Because of the burdens and health risks of the profession, there is the "pension for miners".

How much your pension is for miners depends on your pension claims. If you have acquired other entitlements in general pension insurance, for example by working outside mining, these do not count.

In addition to your miners' pension, you are allowed to earn a certain amount per year without your pension being cut. How much you are allowed to earn is calculated individually and is stated in your pension notice.

You will not receive a pension for miners if you

  • have already reached the normal age limit, for example 67 years for year 1964 or younger, or
  • pursue an employment or self-employment outside the mining industry which is essentially economically and qualitatively equivalent.

In addition to the pension for miners, there is also the so-called "old-age pension for long-term miners working underground". You are entitled to this if you have completed the minimum insurance period of 25 years with permanent work underground and have reached the age limit that applies to you.

If, for health reasons, you are no longer able to pursue your previous occupation in mining, you will receive the pension for miners under certain conditions.

You can apply for the pension for miners in writing, in person or by online procedure.

Written pension application:

  • Download the application form for the pension for miners on the website of the German Pension Insurance. Complete the form in full and compile the required documents.
  • You can submit your completed and signed application with the required documents either
    • send by post to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See or
    • in one of the local counselling centres.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks your application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the pension for miners at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the miners' pension at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Pension application via online procedure:

  • Go to the online portal of the German Pension Insurance and register. You can use your signature card, your identity card with electronic proof of identity or your electronic residence permit.
  • Fill in the pension form for miners and upload the necessary documents. Then submit your pension application online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks your application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the pension for miners at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the miners' pension at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Personal request in the consultation:

  • Compile the required documents for the application and make an appointment at an information and advice centre of the German Pension Insurance.
  • As a rule, your pension application will be received electronically and forwarded online during the consultation.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See of the German Pension Insurance examines the application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and your insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the pension for miners at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the miners' pension at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.
  • The pension application can also be made for you by a person of your trust. Please submit a corresponding power of attorney to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See. As long as the power of attorney applies, the Knappschaft-Bahn-See is addressed exclusively to your authorized person.

    You can receive the pension for miners if you

    • have not yet reached the normal age limit,
    • cannot continue to work in mining as a main occupation due to illness or disability, and
    • they are not able to carry out any other equivalent activity because of illness or disability. This means essentially economically equivalent employment, which requires equivalent knowledge and skills.

    In addition, before your reduced professional capacity in the mining industry, you must

    • have made compulsory contributions for at least 3 years during the last 5 years, and
    • have fulfilled a waiting period (minimum insurance period) of 5 years in the short-term pension insurance.

    You can also receive the pension for miners from the age of 50 if you

    • do not pursue any employment or self-employment which is economically equivalent compared to your work in the mining industry, and
    • have met the waiting period (minimum insurance period) of 25 years.

    Contribution periods are credited to this waiting period due to a period of permanent work underground.

    You also meet the waiting period if you have 25 years of contribution periods due to working underground together with short-time replacement periods.

    • valid identity card or passport
    • Evidence not included in the insurance history, for example:
      • Set-off certificates
      • Evidence of training periods
      • Evidence of unemployment
      • Evidence of sick leave
    • If another person makes the request:
      • Power of attorney or
      • Decision of the General Court

    If you have submitted your pension application on time, you will receive your pension for miners at the earliest on the first day of the month at the beginning of which all eligibility requirements are met.

    If you apply for a pension later than 3 months after the end of the month in which all eligibility requirements are met, you will receive your pension from the first day of the application.

    about 3 months

    It is advisable to submit your pension application as soon as possible if you consider yourself to be less able to work.

    The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

    Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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