Pensioners - Non-contributory Old Age Pension
How do I qualify for non-contributory old age pension?
1. You must be either a Barbadian citizen or permanent resident.
Barbadian citizens must have been residing in Barbados for a period of:
• Twelve years since turning 40 years old
• Or an aggregate of 20 years since turning 18
Permanent residents must have been residing in Barbados for a period of:
• Fifteen years since turning 40 years old.
• or an aggregate of 20 years since turning 18
2. You must have reached pensionable age. For the blind and deaf-mute the pensionable age is 18.
I receive a pension from the Barbados public service, can I still receive the Non-Contributory Old
You are not entitled to a pension if you:
1. receive a pension from the Barbados Public Service
2. the public service of another government or from an international organization of which the Barbados
Government is a member, like the United Nations
3. receive one from the NIS that is higher than the non-contributory old age pension
4. receive a pension provided by a National Insurance and Social Security Scheme of another Government
5. receive an income of more than $30 a week and are blind or deaf-mute and under pensionable age
6. are continuously absent from Barbados for more than six months
7. are a full-time in-patient at a health service institution maintained by the Government, like a hospital or home
8. are imprisoned.
But there is an exception to the above stipulations. Contact the NIS to find out more about this or for more
information download the NIS Guide to Benefits booklet which you can view in Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t
have Acrobat, click here to download it.
Barbados Association of Retired Persons