A widow/widower, whose spouse satisfies the relevant contribution conditions on his/her death, is entitled to a Widow/Widower's Pension or to a Survivor's Pension, whichever is the most beneficial.
Definition of Widows, Survivors and Early Survivors Pension
Widow’s Pension or Survivor’s Pension is awarded to those persons whose spouse was already in receipt of a Retirement Pension or Two-Thirds Pension.
Early Survivor’s Pension is awarded to those persons whose spouse was still under retirement age on the date of his/her demise.
A widow/widower, who is under retiring age, may be eligible to Widow's Pension, if the following criteria are fulfilled:
1. The spouse, upon his/her death, has satisfied the relevant contribution conditions:
• Paid a minimum of 156 contributions
• Has been in employment or self occupation for not less than 10 years
• Satisfies the relevant contribution conditions – see Frequently Asked Questions No. 4
2. A claim for a Widow's Pension has to be lodged not later than six months following the spouse's death. If more than six months elapse, the pension is paid from the first Saturday following the date of the claim.
3. A widow/er who is in a gainful activity is liable to pay the Social Security contributions if her earnings from such gainful activity exceed the NMW. The employer is liable to pay all the statutory bonuses from his end.4. If a Widow/er earns less than the NMW s/he may opt not to pay the Social Security contributions.
5. A widow/er who reach pension age and continues with her gainful occupation shall continue to pay Social Security contributions.
6. A widow’s pension is also payable in full without any deductions if widow is carrying out a full-time gainful occupation and, where a widow re-marries, a flat rate widow’s pension will be due.
7. A widow’s pension is also payable in full without any deductions if widow is carrying out a full-time gainful occupation.
8. A widow who re-marries is entitled to a flat rate widow’s pension.
For more details see Frequently Asked Questions Nos. 6, 7 & 8.
9. Widow's Pension is awarding as from day following spouse date of death.
Any person wishing to apply for the Widow/er's Pension may do so by filling in the prescribed application form.
- The prescribed application form for Widow/er's Pension.
- Marriage certificate *
- Spouse's death certificate *
- Documents relating to spouse's income and contributions paid for the last 2 years (unless s/he is already a retirement pensioner)
* Certificates of any births, marriages or deaths requested in this application, are to be attached only if they are not registered at the Public Registry of Malta.
The Department of Social Security informs the applicant in writing about the outcome of the claim. Once awarded, Widows Pension is deposited into a bank account as specified by the applicant.
How to apply?
You can apply online by visiting the Eforms page.
You can also call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the form by visiting our Application Form page.