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Teachers can apply for pension benefits online

By John McPhaul


Teachers Retirement System (SRM by its Spanish ini- tials) Executive Director Luis M. Collazo Rodríguez announced Thursday that active teachers will be able to apply for the pension benefit online, without having to submit the request physically at SRM facilities in the Hato Rey sector of San Juan.

Teachers from the Puerto Rico Department of Education (DE) who wish to retire in December will have from July 1 to July 31 to file their pension application.

SRM participants who are interested in filing their pension application (Merit, Years of Service and Age, Disability and Deferred) may fill out their application online by accessing the MiSRM link on the www.srm.pr.gov website, Collazo Rodríguez said in a press release.

Teachers will also be able to visit the MiSRM application within the SRM page to verify if they are currently qualified for a pension. In the application, they can use tools available for Active Loan status, Pension Calculator, Quoted Time (RAS), Unlisted Services Calculator (Time Recognition) and Contribution Refunds. In addition, teachers may update their demographics.

Collazo Rodríguez noted that if an active teacher qualifies for the pension benefit as of December 2020, he or she may begin the process by completing the Retirement Application from July 1 to July 31, a term that has been extended given to the coronavirus pandemic emergency situation on the island. “Before, teachers had to come to our facilities in San Juan to file their documents,” the SRM director said. “With this new tool the process has been facilitated, and the DE will receive notification of the filing instantly.”

Any teacher who does not have access to the internet or email can write to: PO Box 191879, San Juan PR 00919-1879. The communication must include the teacher’s name, postal address, and telephone number and a service representative will contact the sender as soon as possible. For inquiries about services and procedures, send an email to: servicioretiro@ srm.pr.gov.

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