PHILIPSBURG–The Dominica Foundation St. Maarten (DFS) will be hosting representatives of the Dominica Social Security (DSS) at its upcoming general meeting at University of St. Martin at 7:30pm Thursday.
DSS will provide information on the services available for Dominicans residing in Dutch St. Maarten/French St. Martin.
The provisions for voluntary coverage are intended to allow Dominican nationals who are not currently engaged in insurable employment either as employees or self-employed in Dominica to voluntarily make contributions into the DSS system with a view to gaining access to the long-term age, incapacitated and survivors benefits as well as the funeral grant which are available under the programme.
Such provisions apply to Dominicans who are resident in foreign countries with which Dominica does not have reciprocal arrangements and who either had previously contributed to the DSS prior to migrating or may not have previously been registered with the DSS but wish to voluntarily participate in the programme.
In the case of those who had previously contributed, their voluntary contributions will be added to their previous contributions and thereby enhance their future entitlement to the long-term (pension) benefits and funeral grant. For those who were not previously associated with the DSS, their voluntary participation over the relevant period will help them to eventually qualify for benefits.
The DSS programme is contributory, whereby the amount of contribution payable is related to the level of one’s earnings, and entitlement to benefits depends on satisfying the relevant qualifying conditions.
Persons interested are asked to bring along their passport with their old social security card if available, or an original birth certificate and marriage certificate if applicable.
The other topic to be discussed at the general meeting is the upcoming fundraising event in aid of the Serrant family who lost their home in Dutch Quarter due to a fire. All members and Dominicans are welcome.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/77996-information-session-about-dominica-social-security