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German Pension Refund Eligibility Brazil

The information below is for Brazilian citizens who previously worked in Germany and contributed to the German pension system.


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German Pension Refund Eligibility for Brazilian Citizens

As an Brazilian Expat, while you were employed in Germany, each month a percentage of your gross salary was paid to the Deutsche Rentenversicherung - the statutory German Pension Insurance - as a pension insurance contribution for your retirement pension.


But what happens to your contributions now, after you have left Germany? Can you get that money back?

The German Social Code (§210 SGB VI) regulates the reimbursement of pension contributions from the German Pension Insurance in general, while the Social Security Agreement between Germany and Brazil defines how this law applies to you.

Rule of Thumb For Brazilians:

If you have contributed for 60+ months you can only get a pension refund if you live outside of Brazil.


If you have contributed for less than 60 months, you can get a pension refund, if you live in Brazil.

Can Brazilian Citizens Claim a Refund of their German Pension Contributions?


After leaving Germany you are generally eligible for a German pension refund, if...

a) you are not allowed to keep paying German Pension contributions (voluntary insurance) where you currently live, and... 

b) at least 24 months have passed since the last pension contribution payment in Germany.

If you are allowed to pay voluntary insurance (a), is defined by the agreement with your home country.


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Are Brazilian Citizens Allowed to Pay Pension Insurance Contributions After Leaving Germany?

The Social Security Agreement* between Germany and Brazil answers that question: 

If you still live in the EU or the United Kingdom, you are allowed to pay voluntary pension contributions to Germany but you cannot claim a refund. 

Also, If you have already paid contributions for at least 60 months you are allowed to pay voluntary insurance in Germany from anywhere in the world. 

In other words:

As a Brazilian citizen, you can only get a pension refund if you have contributed for less than 60 months. 

*Read Agreement between Germany and Brazil on Social Security 

Social Security Agreement:


Based on the Social Security Agreement between Germany and Brazil you are allowed to grow your German pension ( voluntary insurance) if you still reside in the EU or UK or if you have already contributed for at least 60 months.

If you have not qualified for pension, and you live outside the EU or the United Kingdom, you could be eligible for a pension refund, 24 months after the last contribution was paid. 

​How Long Does a German Pension Refund for Brazilian Citizens Take?

The German pension authority is supposed to provide a decision on your claim within 6 months from submission.

If after 6 months you have not received a decision (Bescheid) from the authorities in Germany, our specialists will take legal action based on the Social Court Act (§88 SGG) and sue the authority for inaction. The court will then force the pension office to act. 

How We Speed Up the Refund Process: is able to provide you with the fastest average process times of 8 weeks while others have to wait six months or longer.

A German law firm escrow account will be provided, which makes your refund process the most Easy, Quick, and Secure experience. Correspondence happens within hours, and our legal specialists know exactly how to speed up the process for you. 

How Much Can I Claim From My German Pension Insurance?

While you were employed in Germany, 9.3%* was deducted from your gross salary up to the income threshold and transferred to the German Pension Insurance.


As an Brazilian citizens you can claim your pension insurance contributions based on the rules explained above.


Use our free reimbursement calculator to get an estimate of your possible premium reimbursement.


* Current rate since 2018, different in previous years

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