New procedure for the submission of the AHV/AVS Life Certificate

From 1 May 2021 the AHV/Swiss Compensation Office in Geneva requires again the Life Certificate form to be officially confirmed by a local authority (Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney, Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra, Centrelink, Public Notary, Justice of Peace).

 

Should you have difficulties in visiting the local authorities due to any Coronavirus related issues, the AHV/Swiss Compensation Office is accepting the Life Certificate signed by the pensioner without any official stamp. In this case you are required to attach with the certificate a copy of your valid identity document (passport or Australian driver’s license) as well as a witness statement. All documents can be emailed in PDF format to sedmaster@zas.admin.ch or sent by postal mail to:

Schweizerische Ausgleichskasse SAK
Avenue Edmond-Vaucher 18
Postfach 3100
1211 Geneva 2


The witness statement can be worded as follows:

I, ……………......................................................……(name, first name of witness)
confirm, that Mr/Ms ……………………(name, first name of beneficiary) is alive.

Address of witness: ……………................................................………………………….

Date: …………………………………….......................................................…………………..

Signature of witness: ………………….................................................…………………..

 


Should you need an extension because the deadline to submit the certificate of life is about to expire, please inform the AHV/Swiss Compensation office immediately otherwise your pension is automatically stopped.


Any enquiries are to be sent to: sedmaster@zas.admin.ch. In urgent cases, you can reach the AHV per telephone on: +41 58 461 91 11.