CENTENARIAN PENSION

Poland offers an honorary monthly benefit for those who reach 100 years of age. The payment is offered to any Polish citizen achieving this milestone, including but certainly not limited to Holocaust survivors living abroad. Currently, we are colloquially referring to this pension as the “centenarian pension.”

To this end, Polish Pension Help has partnered with Polaron, a company which assists people in obtaining European citizenship. Polaron has generously donated their time, experience, skills, and efforts to help survivors who are reaching 100 years of age to obtain the citizenship documents necessary to apply for this pension.

Please learn more about this benefit, please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below:

Updated March 23, 2022

  1. How much is the benefit?
    As of March 2021, the benefit is 4,512.41 złotys, which, as of February 13, 2022, is equivalent to 1,121.27 USD per month. This will increase on March 1, 2022.
  2. What are the requirements to apply?
    One needs only to be a Polish citizen, living in Poland or abroad, who is receiving a benefit from Poland.
  3. I was not approved for the Polish benefit offered to Holocaust survivors. Can I still apply for the centenarian pension?
    No, unless that person is receiving another benefit from Poland, such as a retirement benefit or a veteran’s benefit. If you or someone you know is a Holocaust survivor who has not been approved for the Polish reparations benefit for Holocaust survivors, and we have not assisted with this case yet, please feel free to submit the details of your or his/her Holocaust experiences and we will be happy to help with the appeal of the denial of this benefit.
  4. I was born in Poland. Aren’t I automatically a Polish citizen?
    No. You may have been a Polish citizen at birth, but you may have lost it upon becoming a citizen of a foreign country. Poland does not accept dual citizenship. However, it is possible to obtain Polish citizenship again by proving that one or both of one’s parents were Polish citizens. Basically, if at least one parent was born in Poland and resided there after 1920, then you can apply to obtain a confirmation of your Polish citizenship.
  5. How long does the process take?
    The process is usually long. It can take anywhere from nine months to one year. This is why we suggest eligible applicants start the process upon turning 99 years old.
  6. How much does this cost?
    There is no cost for Holocaust survivors.
  7. How do I apply?
    You can start by completing a short form here.