Finnish legislation, EU legislation and social security agreements contain provisions relating to the coordination of international social security. A new social security agreement between Finland and India will come into force on 1 August 2014. The agreement is relevant to the social security of people moving between Finland and India and applies in particular to pensions based on income. It does not apply to Kela`s benefits. In Finland, the new social security agreement between Finland and India applies only to pensions paid under the statutory income-based pension scheme. It does not cover Kela`s national pensions or other benefits. With regard to workers temporarily posted from Finland to India, Kela`s right to social benefits continues to be determined by reference to Finnish national legislation. The new bilateral agreement does not affect the definition of social security coverage. The agreement also does not have the right to obtain social security benefits from Kela from workers or others arriving in Finland from India. Finland has also agreed on exceptions with other agreements. In this way, you can continue to be covered by Finnish social security legislation, while you work as a fellow abroad. If you work in the United States for more than a year, you can apply for a waiver and continue to be covered by Finnish social security legislation for an extended period of time. Send us your request for an exemption.
We will pass them on to the Department of Social Affairs and Health, which will make the decision. Finland has bilateral social security agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Quebec, South Korea and the United States. Although the agreement between the United States and Finland allows the Social Security Administration to count your Finnish EPS credits to help you qualify for U.S. pension, disability or survival benefits, the agreement does not cover Medicare benefits. Therefore, we cannot count your credits in Finland to qualify for free Medicare insurance. Agreements generally apply to workers, family members and retirees. A pension in Finland is still paid to countries that have a social security agreement with Finland. The provisions of the agreements apply exclusively to the persons and benefits they expressly cover. If your right to social protection is not determined by an agreement reached by Finland, social security and the right to Kela benefits, which are not covered by the agreement, will be established on the basis of Finnish legislation.