You must receive forms U1 (ex E301) and E104 if you are leaving an EU country where you worked. These forms are available from the competent social security authority in the country of origin and contain information about your social protection. Form E104 is required if you are claiming sickness benefits and Form U1 is required for unemployment benefits. The EU/EEA countries covered by these regulations are Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man – see `Social Security Agreements`, below). Bilateral social security agreements are specific agreements between participating countries that allow citizens to move from one country to another and protect their pension rights. Ireland has bilateral social security agreements: these guides contain details on how you will break through New Zealand benefits or pensions if you have stayed in countries that have social security agreements or special agreements with New Zealand. Council Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009 coordinating social security systems shall apply within the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland and shall ensure that, from the point of view of social security, workers to whom they apply are not affected by the move from one Member State to another. When calculating your entitlement to an Irish social security payment in accordance with EU rules, all your eligible contributions from countries covered by the rules are combined. They can be used with your Irish contributions to help you qualify for a payment. EU social security rules apply in principle to the following people: Step 1: Your notional pension is calculated. The notional pension is the rate of the Irish pension that would be payable if your social security contributions, Irish and non-Irish, were treated as Irish contributions. To obtain the average annual number of contributions, your eligible Irish and non-Irish contributions are added together and the sum is then divided by the number of years (d.b. the number of years between your first social security contribution paid and the end of the tax year preceding retirement age (66)).
Before travelling to Ireland, you should check with the local Social Security Office in the country where you are working on the appropriate documents you can bring.. . .