What conditions do I need to meet?
Entitlement to Maternity benefit, extends to all those insured against sickness and maternity under the social security system and who have a record of social security payments for at least 12 of the previous 24 months.
If part of your social security payments were paid in another EU, EEA country or Switzerland, you can provide form S041 or E104 to aggregate periods of insurance. E 104 form is a certificate concerning the aggregation of periods of insurance, employment or residence in case of sickness, maternity, death and disability (incapacity for work).
The certificate specifies which contributions were made in a foreign country you lived in and provides you with an opportunity on moving to Lithuania to speed up the bureaucratic procedure concerning the aggregation of social insurance periods. In the absence of such a certificate, you apply for the aggregation of social insurance periods, and the Lithuanian Sodra will contact relevant authorities in the country of your previous residence to obtain the required information. The issue of these certificates may be the responsibility of the authorities administering public health and social insurance. In Lithuania, the responsibility for issuing E 104 certificates is undertaken by The State Patients‘ Fund and SODRA.
What am I entitled to and how can I claim it?
Maternity benefit is paid for 70 calendar days prior to the birth of the child up until 56 days after the birth. In the event of birth complications or a multiple birth, an allowance is paid for an extra 14 calendar days. Maternity benefit is equal to 77,58% of of the compensated recipient’s wage. The minimal maternity benefit can be no smaller than EUR 228 per month (2019). The maternity benefit is paid at once for the 126 calendar days (except specific cases).
If you are willing to get a maternity benefit, you should:
- Discuss with your doctor when you can go on maternity leave and set the precise date. On the agreed date, the doctor will issue you an electronic certificate of maternity leave, covering pregnancy and delivery. It may be issued not earlier than after 30 weeks of pregnancy.
- When the doctor issues you an electronic maternity leave certificate, notify your employer so s/he could prepare the necessary documents regarding your leave and submit a notification to SoDra concerning the granting of benefit (maternity allowance) to the employee.
- Submit an application to the local SoDra office (online, by mail or by visiting a local office in person) claiming a maternity benefit covering pregnancy and birth.
For more information please see Sodra website.