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Family Members Subsidy Procedure

The general procedure is presented below.

What is the Social Security family members subsidy?

It is a financial benefit that consists of a temporary subsidy granted to the family members who have lived with and depended economically on the deceased and meet the requirements.

What formalities are necessary?

  • Fill in the  Survivor's Benefits application form.
  • The personal and specific documentation indicated in the application form.

Where is it processed?

You can carry out this procedure through the Social Security Electronic Office (, ordinary post or at a Social Security Assistance and Information Centre, requesting an appointment by calling 901 10 65 70/ 91 541 25 30 or on the web at
Sea workers must submit it to the Provincial Offices of the Social Marine Institute (ISM).

The right is recognised by the National Social Security Institute (INSS), except for sea workers, in which case it is recognised by the Social Marine Institute (ISM) and when the death is due to work-related injury, the Social Security Mutual Society Partner.

When is the family members’ subsidy applied for and when does payment begin?

The subsidy may be applied for at any time after the death, and it is paid from the first day of the month following that of the date of application.

When does the right to the subsidy expire?

The subsidy expires:

  • Due to the maximum duration period expiring.
  • Due to death.
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