Applying for an orphan’s benefit

A child under the age of 16 is eligible for an orphan’s benefit if both parents are no longer alive. This is subject to a number of conditions. The benefit stops when an orphan reaches the age of 16. In some cases, the orphan’s benefit is extended.

Last updated on 18 May 2021

Eligibility for an orphan’s benefit

To be eligible for an orphan’s benefit, a number of conditions apply. A child is eligible for an orphan’s benefit if the parent who died last was insured under the Old Age Pensions Act and the General Surviving Dependants Act (Algemene Nabestaanden Wet, ANW). The parent was insured if he or she lived or worked in the Netherlands.

Additional conditions for extending an orphan’s benefit

Additional conditions apply for orphans aged 16 to 21. The Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) website lists the eligibility conditions for orphans aged 16 to 21.

Applying for an orphan’s benefit

You must contact the SVB to apply for an orphan’s benefit. The SVB will then send you an application form. You cannot apply for an orphan’s benefit online.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Surviving Dependants Act

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