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If you are widowed

If your spouse who was drawing a French retirement pension dies, you will need to complete the paperwork to report the death to us. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can also apply for a widow’s or widower’s benefit (a survivor’s retirement pension or a widow or widower’s allowance).

Reporting the death

If the deceased was drawing a French pension, notify their regional fund by letter. You will need to provide their social security number, last name, first name, and date and place of death. You will also need to attach a death certificate to your letter.

We will need this letter to stop payment of the deceased’s retirement pension at the correct time.

The pension installment for the month of the pensioner’s death will be paid in its entirety, whatever the date of death. Any payments made for periods beyond the month of the pensioner’s death will need to be reimbursed.

If any amounts are due at the time of death, they can be paid to the heirs (descendants, ascendants, siblings, and non-divorced surviving spouses) if documentary evidence is provided.
 

Eligibility for a widow’s or widower’s benefit

Widow’s or widower’s benefits are not awarded automatically. You will first need to check whether you are eligible by using our online simulator.

The survivor’s retirement pension.

You will need to choose the effective date for your survivor’s retirement pension. The date you choose must be the first day of the month and must not fall before your 55th birthday (or before your 51st birthday if the death occurred prior to 2009 or if the insured went missing prior to 2008).

If you apply for your survivor’s retirement pension within a 12-month period following the pensioner’s death, you can set the effective date for the first day of the month following the death. Once the 12-month period is up, the earliest date you can choose is the first day of the month following submission of your application.

  • If you are residing in France
  1. Download and fill out the form entitled “Application for a survivor’s retirement pension” ("Demande de retraite de réversion").
  2. Mail your application to the regional fund that was paying the deceased’s pension, if they were retired, or to the regional fund that covers your place of residence, if the deceased was still working. 
  • If you are residing in another country
  • Has your country of residence signed a social security agreement with France?
  • Contact the  local security institution  in your country of residence. You will be issued with an international form which you will need to fill out, sign, and return to that institution. That institution will then forward it over to us. 
  • N.B.: Using the international form will ensure that all of your entitlements are taken into account. Do not send us the French form. 

 
Are you residing in a country with no social security agreement with France? 

If your spouse was drawing a retirement pension from France’s general scheme, submit your application to the regional fund that was paying their pension. Otherwise, submit it to the regional fund to which your spouse belonged on the basis of their last employment activity.

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Was your spouse a salaried worker in agriculture, trades and crafts, or retail? Only one application is needed. Submit it to the retirement pension fund of your choice, preferably the one to which your spouse belonged on the basis of his/her last employment (whether in agricultural, trades and crafts, etc.). That fund will share the information you submit with the other pension schemes. 

Important: Separate applications are required for France’s supplementary pension schemes as well as for the special schemes. 

 

The widow’s or widower’s allowan

You will need to apply for the widow’s or widower’s allowance (“allocation de veuvage”) within a 2-year period following the 1st day of the month of your spouse’s death.

If you apply within a 12-month period following your spouse’s death, the effective date for your allowance will be the 1st day of the month of death. If you apply outside of this period, the effective date will be the 1st day of the month of your application.

  1. Download and fill out the form entitled "Demande d'allocation de veuvage" (Application for a widow’s or widower’s allowance).
  2. Mail your application to the address below: 

Carsat Bourgogne et Franche-Comté
Centre national de traitement de l’allocation veuvage
21 044 Dijon CEDEX
France

The widow’s or widower’s allowance can be paid to you in another country if France has signed an agreement with your country of residence. You will need to submit your application to the retirement pension institution of your country of residence, which will issue the form.

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if you are not a member of the French Social Security system, you will need to attach the following documents to your form:

  • proof of identity (national ID card, passport, residency permit, or a long-stay visa constituting a residency permit); 
  • an original civil status document with your parents’ information : a long-copy or short-copy birth certificate showing parents’ information, or any document issued by a consulate including documents drawn up on the basis of your identity documents (certificate of birth, individual civil status record, etc.)


Make sure to submit these documents at the time of your application for widow’s or widower’s benefits; this will expedite your application and ensure it is processed correctly. 

 

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