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Eligibility: A dependent
spouse shall be a spouse whose occupational earnings, if any, do not
exceed the lowest entry level of the United Nations General Service
gross salary in force on 1 January of the year concerned for the duty
station in the country of the spouse's place of work, provided that,
in the case of the Professional category or above, the amount shall
not at any duty station be less than the equivalent of the lowest entry
level at the base of the salary system (G-2, step I, for New York).
- Staff in the General
Service and related categories: Spouse allowance established for
the duty station;
- Staff in the Professional
category and above and in the Field Service category: Salary and
post adjustment at the dependency rates.
adjusted dependency benefit will be paid when the spouse's gross occupational
earnings are less than the sum of the earnings limit and the appropriate
dependency benefit. The adjusted benefit will be equal to the amount
by which the sum of the earnings limit and the appropriate dependency
benefit exceeds the spouse's gross occupational earnings.
documentation for proof of occupational earnings: Tax return,
w-2 form or statement of earnings from the spouse's employer
A dependent child
- a staff member's natural
- a staff member's legally
adopted child; or
- a staff member's stepchild,
if residing with the staff member.
For any of the above-mentioned
children to be recognized as a staff member's dependent child, the following
requirements must be met:
- The child must be under
the age of 18 years; or
- If the child is 18
years or older but under the age of 21 years, he/she must be in
full-time attendance at a school or university (or similar educational
- The staff member must
provide main and continuing support for the child.
** If a child
over the age of eighteen years is physically or mentally incapacitated
for substantial gainful employment, either permanently or for a period
expected to be of long duration, the requirements as to school attendance
and age shall be waived.
in the General Service and related categories: Children's allowance
established for the duty station;
in the Professional category and above and in the Field Service
category, effective 1 January 2011.
information on the rates of dependency allowances, please click here.
child in the following cases may also be recognized as dependent:
- Legal adoption of
the child is not possible because there is no statutory provision
for adoption or any prescribed court procedure for formal recognition
of customary or de facto adoption in the staff member's country
or country of permanent residence, then a child in respect of whom
the following conditions are met;
- The child resides
with the staff member;
- The staff member
can be regarded as having established a parental relation with
- The child is not
a brother or sister of the staff member;
- The number of children
for which dependency benefits are being claimed by the staff member
under this subparagraph does not exceed three.
member claiming a dependent must establish that he or she provides
main and continuous support. This certificate must be supported
by documentary evidence satisfactory to the Secretary-General, if
a child: (i)
not reside with the staff member;
Is married; or
Is recognized as
a dependent under the special conditions referred to above.
** In case of a staff
member in the Professional category and above or in the Field Service
category are not paid at the dependency rate on account of a
dependent spouse, the staff member shall be paid at the dependency
rate in respect of the first dependent child and receive a
dependency allowance with respect to every additional dependant
A secondary dependent shall be the father, mother, brother or sister
of whose financial support the staff member provides one half or more,
and in any case at least twice the amount of the dependency allowance,
provided that the brother or sister fulfills the same age and school
attendance requirements established for a dependent child. If the brother
or sister is physically or mentally incapacitated for substantial gainful
employment, either permanently or for a period expected to be of long
duration, the requirements as to age and school attendance will be waived.
dependency allowance is payable in respect of only one secondary dependent.
It is not payable for a secondary dependent if the staff member is already
receiving dependency benefits in respect of dependent spouse.
As shown in the above table.
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