Dec 2004 Journal

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Life certificates: a new development

From January 2005 onwards, Austrian members of AJR will be able to have their Lebensbescheinigungen (life certificates) notarised either at the AJR offices in Stanmore or at the AJR Day Centre in West Hampstead. Those unable to come to either of these locations can have their certificates signed at an AJR regional group meeting or during a home visit by an AJR social worker. It will still be possible to go to the Austrian embassy to have certificates signed.

This development is in light of concerns the AJR has raised regarding the difficult journey to the Austrian embassy as well as the cost of having certificates authorised by doctors or notary publics.

Life certificates will be issued in January and pensioners have six weeks to have them signed. As this service is being offered for the first time, forms completed by the AJR must be returned to the Austrian embassy in London and not to the pension authority (Pensionsversicherungsanstalt, PvA) in Vienna.

Members who are having their forms notarised must also bring with them for identification an official document such as a passport or driving licence.
Michael Newman

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